• Betcha

    Mar 08, 2013 - 06:26:10 PM

    Meteorologists up in New England forecasted their snows correctly!

  • Meteorology is a SCIENCE

    Mar 09, 2013 - 09:48:15 AM

    Hi Bob...people are forgetting that meteorology is a SCIENCE...not like timing a 100m sprint in the Olympics, and there are so many forces at work that change on a dime...upper level winds/temps, surface level winds/temps, wind, barometric pressure, the list goes on and on...I'd rather have nothing than 14" extra inches! Every channel got this wrong, don't know why people are just complaining about WJLA!

  • New Skeptic

    Mar 10, 2013 - 01:22:54 AM

    From now on I expect all you metereologists to be relying mainly on the Euro model instead of the GFS when making weather forecasts. Because if we can't rely on you, all we have left to go on is the Farmers' Almanac. :P

  • There's a reason it's called a 'prediction'

    Mar 10, 2013 - 12:29:57 PM

    People who complain about a forecast being wrong, I just have to wonder; do you ask for refunds from psychics that get your future wrong? Nature doesn't care what you planned that day. The forecasters give you an idea of what's going on and warn you of potential dangers, which is exactly what all the DC area forecasters did. They weren't wrong about there being an event; you should be happy instead of snitty that it wasn't as bad as they feared.

  • Bob Ryan

    Mar 10, 2013 - 07:51:09 PM

    Should have stayed at NBC or retired, you old hack.

  • Robert Hartge

    Mar 12, 2013 - 07:31:01 PM

    Hi Bob: I saw your comment, most of the time you have been more right than anyone else in predicting blizzards. You really hit the Feb. 11, 1983 one when no one else said how serious it would be. But, as I said before, no one can blame a meteorologist if the forecast does not pan out, nature is very fickle, and the trend this winter and last has been for us not to have much snow. I have a feeling that anything else that comes our way in March and even April, will do the same thing. I remember (not yours necessarily), the predictions for a big blizzard on Dec. 30-31, 2000, and March 4, 2001. Both were for our area and they both missed us. Conversely, Jan. 25, 2000 was not predicted and was forecast to go out to sea, and we ended up with 14 inches of snow. No one, but God really knows what it is going to do. I think the weather people, including of course, yourself, do a wonderful job with forecasting, and winters around here are very hard to predict. I would have sworn last year that this would have been a memorable winter, but it was not, maybe memorable in that it was our 2nd warm one. In a nutshell, what I am trying to say, is that meteorology, though I am an observer only with great interest in it, is not an exact science and just as there are people who are disappointed when we don't get snow, there are probably just as many that are delighted when we don't. I am glad you did not retire. I don't do many weather observations anymore sadly, most of my sources have dried up, but I keep my own records and have elaborate weather stations, etc. I find this area fascinating and not boring. Like you, I am a snow lover, and there is always hope for next year. I watch you, Doug, and Channel 7 every night and follow the commentary sections. You guys do a great job!