Meteorologists Apologize For Northeast Blizzard Flub
A number of meteorologists up the East Coast are apologizing for flubbing their forecasts on the “Storm Of The Century.” Hundreds of thousands of people are blasting their local weathermen after they expected a “historic blizzard” and instead got a light dusting of snow.
They can’t win ’em all, but give them credit for being honest.
Meteorologists across the Northeast were apologizing Tuesday morning after the so-called “Storm of the Century” proved to be less than historic.
Blizzard warnings that called for up to 3 feet to fall in New York City led officials to close schools, cancel flights and institute statewide travel.
But the snowstorm did not pummel parts of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania with the same punch that forecasters had predicted — though it was delivering as advertised in eastern Long Island and in New England.
Gary Szatkowski, the meteorologist in charge of the National Weather Service in Mount Holly, N.J., started the wave of apologies just before 1 a.m. Tuesday.
“My deepest apologies to many key decision makers and so many members of the general public,” he wrote on Twitter.
A number of meteorologists followed suit.
Earlier, the National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning for a 250-mile area, predicting high winds and between 24 and 36 inches of snow in some places. The service later downgraded the warnings for New York City and parts of New Jersey, where accumulations were much lighter than expected.
In New York City, only about 6 inches fell at Central Park by early Tuesday, far less than the record of 26.9 inches from 2006.
In New Jersey, snowfall intensity “sharply curtailed” after the storm shifted east and out over the Atlantic Ocean, Szatkowski said. Whiteout conditions and 45 mph winds were still considered possible in Monmouth, Ocean, Middlesex, Passaic and Bergen counties.
Those poor thangs!
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