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November 3, 2012

Be gone, weather forecasters, politicians

Tonawanda News — A call on Wednesday morning from a woman in Kenmore fit right into today’s theme: Local TV weather forecasters.

“Have you written your column for this week yet,” she asked.

“No, do you have an idea?”

“Yes, how do we do something about the TV weather forecasters? When did they get such power and who gave it to them, that they can pronounce the horrific storm would hit our area with torrential rains and 60 to 70 mph winds? Neither of these scenarios happened — but they were able to scare the Erie County schools into closing on Tuesday. Did Wilson, which had the Lake Ontario waves crashing over the breakwall, close? No. did Niagara-Wheatfield, Lockport and other Niagara County schools close? No. They used their brains and knew that this was one more ‘Cry Wolf’ that the forecasters are perfectionists at.”

Wow! That’s telling it like it is. I don’t know how these TV personalities got their power nor how to stop it. Every time I see the “Doppler radar” showing green, yellow, pink, white, etc., I turn off the TV. The weather forecast should be about two minutes long and include no radar, no jumping back and forth across the display, just the temperature, wind, perhaps the record high and low, amount of precipitation and the five day forecast (which is normally wrong anyway.)

Do we need all the hype and the scare? And when their dire predictions don’t come true, did you ever hear one of them apologize or say they were wrong? No, it’s usually just “Well, we just missed that one.”

When I got up on Tuesday morning and turned on the TV, the local TV weather person was just proclaiming that the hardest downpours at that moment were in Kenmore, Town of Tonawanda and north. I looked out the window, and the sun was shining. My side yard, which fills up like a little lake whenever there’s a heavy downpour, had not a drop of water laying over the grass.

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