The Garnet Mine

Filed under News, Showcase

The dangers of wrongfully predicting the weather

Breaking down last weekend's "snowstorm"

Not+quite+how+the+storm+turned+out+for+us.+Photo+credit+to+The+Weather+Channel.+
Back to Article
Back to Article

The dangers of wrongfully predicting the weather

Not quite how the storm turned out for us. Photo credit to The Weather Channel.

Not quite how the storm turned out for us. Photo credit to The Weather Channel.

Not quite how the storm turned out for us. Photo credit to The Weather Channel.

Not quite how the storm turned out for us. Photo credit to The Weather Channel.

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






Unless you live under a rock, you probably heard that we were going to get a massive snowstorm this past weekend. But we didn’t. Sure, we got rain and freezing cold temperatures, but what happened to the foot of snow that was supposed to be dumped on Rye?

Meteorology is no easy task because weather is so complicated. It’s nearly impossible to predict such an unpredictable phenomena. Weather is constantly changing, so meteorologists do the best they can with what they’ve got. However, in this case, they messed up big time. Leading up to the storm, the weather forecasters on the local news were promising a lot of snow. First it was 2 to 4 inches. Then 9 to 11. Then 15 to 17. Then 3 to 5. Then just rain.

This screenshot from The Weather Channel proves how terribly wrong the forecast was. It shows Rye receiving 8 to 12 inches of snow between Friday and Saturday. That was wrong.

As someone who doesn’t like snow (especially a foot of snow!), I wasn’t particularly upset that we didn’t get any. But still, messing up the forecast so badly is dangerous. Airports began canceling flights more than 24 hours before the “huge storm.” I can imagine it’s annoying having your flight canceled a day in advance only to not get any snow. Furthermore, the Rye DPW dumped tons of salt on the roads in preparation for snow. As someone who loves the environment, this bothered me because the rain we got instead of snow washed all of the salt into the storm drains, which leads to the Long Island Sound. And as someone who loves dogs, this bothered me because the salt they put down isn’t pet-sensitive. For my dog at least, the salt severely irritates her paws.

Image result for winter storm harper new york city

This forecast prediction map from Accuweather shows the Tristate Area receiving 3 to 6 inches. Also wrong.

As I said before, it’s not easy being a meteorologist. However, this isn’t the first time that the weather was so poorly-predicted. On March 7th of last year, we had a similar situation. Because there was so much snow expected, school was canceled the afternoon before. Of course, all we ended up getting was a dusting of snow and a shorter Memorial Day break. Sensationalizing the weather is not good. Regardless of whether meteorologists are over-exaggerating the forecast for more views or simply because they got it all wrong, they need to do a better job.

Leave a Comment

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.




Navigate Left
  • The dangers of wrongfully predicting the weather

    National Sports

    Rising Soccer Star Killed in Tragic Plane Accident

  • The dangers of wrongfully predicting the weather

    News

    Rundown of the Week’s Top Stories

  • National Sports

    Emmet and Jasper Ask: How do you pronounce “Giannis Antetokounmpo”

  • The dangers of wrongfully predicting the weather

    News

    Les Miserables Preview

  • News

    Giant Leaps in the Cancer Fight

  • The dangers of wrongfully predicting the weather

    National

    Nice Moments from the State of the Union

  • The dangers of wrongfully predicting the weather

    News

    My Take On The State Of The Union

  • The dangers of wrongfully predicting the weather

    News

    Do We Really Remember?

  • The dangers of wrongfully predicting the weather

    National

    What is Ice Cross Downhill?

  • The dangers of wrongfully predicting the weather

    National

    Opinion: Cloning and Gene Modification

Navigate Right
The student news site of Rye High School in Rye, New York
The dangers of wrongfully predicting the weather