Here is yet another complaint about meteorologists missing the forecast of the heavy snow and power failures pertaining to the pre-Halloween weekend snow storm. This from today’s Wall Street Journal:
America is facing a serious experts crisis. The problem is: Our homegrown experts are incompetent and in many cases flat-out dumb. If things don’t improve soon, we may have to loosen our immigration policy and allow foreign-born experts to enter the country from Europe, Asia and Mexico, even if they are experts on things we don’t really care about. That’s how serious the experts crisis has become.
I realized this last weekend when I motored down to the nation’s capital to see my daughter. The day before I left, the experts assured me that while a light “dusting” of snow might await me when I returned to suburban New York, it wasn’t anything to worry about. Monday morning I came home to find trees down everywhere, wires ripped out of the side of my house, no electricity, no cable, no phone, no heat and a ton of snow waiting to be shoveled.
Thanks, weather experts! Right on the money with that one!
While I have no way of knowing which forecaster he was listening to (he doesn’t say), the forecasts for last weekend’s snow and subsequent power failures were excellent. Here is a screen capture from this very blog from well before the snow started falling (note the date and time):
I’m simply astonished that people keep blaming meteorologists when we get it right (as we usually do these days). Sincere question: What am I missing or not understanding? Feel free to comment.