- - Sunday, February 14, 2021

I’ve lived in the Washington area since 1987, and the record of our local news channels’ meteorologists accurately predicting snow storms is abysmal. This week was just the latest example of how wrong their forecasts are, on every station.

Last Monday, the meteorologist on my station of choice informed me that her “models” were suggesting the Washington area could expect anywhere from 8 inches to 10 inches of snow. The next day this same person reported that her “revised forecast” indicated between anywhere from 4 inches to 5 inches of snow. Then, last Wednesday night and Thursday morning, when the “storm” hit our area, we actually got what we call a “dusting.”

The excuse all of these meteorologists use for being so spectacularly wrong is always the same: the geography of the region, with the Blue Ridge Mountains to our west and Atlantic Ocean to our east, makes it difficult to predict when, where and how severely our snowfall will arrive. I understand forecasting is difficult, but these news outlets have millions of dollars of equipment, radars and satellites to help with the forecasts.

In the future, rather than make wildly erroneous predictions, maybe just tell me a storm is on the way and we’ll probably get some snow — but maybe not. I’ll deal with whatever happens.

RANDALL STEPHENS



Falls Church, Va.

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