For some reason over the last several years whenever a big winter storm is predicted all the schools and a lot of businesses shut down like the world is about to end. That was the case Tuesday evening in preparation for Tuesday night-Wednesday morning gargantuan snow storm.
Considering the results of this snow storms nice job people (please note the sarcasm).
The news outlets here in Buffalo were all predicting eight to 16 inches worth of snow for northern Western New York. That was based on what happened in the Midwest as Chicago got slammed.
So, what do you think was the result this morning when you looked out the window? Of course at most three inches with a little bit of all the sleet, but nothing that would have caused schools to close.
WECK’s Brad Riter made a great point during his Tuesday show asking what happened to letting it snow first and then cancel things. He is right ever since the snow storm on November 20th, 2000 that left Buffalo Public School children stranded in school buses there is this better safe than sorry mentality.
What has happened to good old fashioned common sense? This is Buffalo, NY not Charlotte, NC where three inches of snow cancels school.
We are use to being able to drive through snow storms that bring several inches an hour, because we know and understand that as long as you take it slow and brake earlier than usual you will be fine. Obviously, it is a little bit more difficult for school buses and trucks, but they as well can usually navigate through storms.
The thing that really irks me is that right on WGRZ’s website there is an interactive Doppler radar that lets you zoom out and see the weather for all of North America. Also, if a person just studies the direction of a storm and its speed one can usually tell how bad it is and how long it will take to pass.
A little bit before going to bed last night I looked at the radar and could tell that it wasn’t going to be as bad it was fast moving and heading in a north east direction. The way that storms usually get bad here in Buffalo is when a storm is moving west to east and is coming off a open Lake Erie.
In the end, is it to much to ask for a disclaimer from the weather people stating that it is a forecast and might not exactly happen at the end of the weather segment?