WeatherOrNot Posted February 4, 2015 Report Share Posted February 4, 2015 Despite that few of us have a very high opinion of all things Accuweather, I still for some reason have a habit of checking them out. There's worse. Sure, their "45 day" is a horrible horrible slap in the face - but their near range, is sometimes ok, and sometimes sees things that haven't really trended in discussion here yet, I dismiss it because you guys haven't talked about it, and sure enough within a day or two you start, and they really did see something - so it's worth looking at in the arsenal. And their real mets with written forecasts are actually generally quite good - it's the computer generated fluff that's awful. (Especially determining lows.) But today I noticed something that just seems irresponsible, even for what seems to be an entirely computer-generated-from-model-output "45 day" forecast. The front page for the area discusses the 2/8-2/9 event, adds to it "heavy ice conditions." The little info graphic and text for Monday just says "some snow" - but on the Monday night segment it says "A major ice storm, with a thick coating of ice" and for Ice accumulation lists 0.9 inches. At that unprecedented (for the region) accumulation, almost 5x that of last year's ice storm, few buildings and trees would remain standing and power would be out for months. Business would be gone. They're effectively calling for a Katrina-level event for the area 5 days out from what is sure to be very gradient driven. Their own written forecasts don't even discuss the event yet. Obviously you guys are talking nasty ice possibilities as well, so there's the chance they could even be right by sheer dumb luck. But you guys also know that nothing is certain and that those are just possibilities, far from a forecast for something so close this far out. Is this kind of posting sheer irresponsibility on their part to even allow the system to post this sort of thing, or is it a situation of "well that's their reasonable forecast"? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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