What The Heck…Meteorologists?


Having worked in the television industry for quite a few years, I want to clear something up. I’m pretty sure that I’m not the only one who knows this little trade secret, but it’s something no one wants to talk about and I think it’s time for me to put it out there. I have nothing against them as people and many of them have been my friends, but television meteorologists are full of crap.

I don’t care how many Super Doppler 8000’s ya got. I don’t care if you have a satellite that is flying directly over a storm 10,000 miles above the earth and it is heading straight for your city. I don’t care if you have a doctorate BA from Meteorologist Tech. I don’t care if you get a really bad aching in your right knee every time it’s gonna rain. If you are a television meteorologist, you got a 25% chance of getting it right. I could go outside, lick my finger, poke it in the air and get a better shot of telling you what the weather is gonna be like in 4 days than you do with all your super doppler thingies. You know how I know this? I’ve worked in this business long enough to know it’s all crap!

NO ONE KNOWS! That’s the thing folks. No one knows. Mother Nature could just decide she wanted it to snow in June. You think a meteorologist is gonna predict that? A 7 day forecast??? C’mon. If YOU are making plans because a meteorologist told you that it’s gonna rain on Sunday and it’s only Monday…you are a fool.

It’s a day by day thing. Yes…your television meteorologist CAN tell you what today’s weather might be like. He/She can probably give you a good estimate of what the temperature is gonna be. But if you really want to know what the forecast is going to be in 4 or 5 days? It’s anybody’s guess. And it’s not really your local meteorologist’s fault really. It’s just the way it is!

So, please…for the love of Pete…go ahead and plan that trip to the zoo on Saturday, because who knows? Maybe we’ll get a few hours of sunshine and you can get through. Plan on that picnic, don’t worry about it. And if it rains…go play in it! Dance! Soak it up! Because I’m betting in about 2 months we’re gonna be wishing for more of it. Because, I don’t know if you’ve heard about this…but apparently there’s this thing called global warming…

I personally don’t know anything about it…but the weather guy was talking about it last night…so it has to be real. Right?

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4 Responses to What The Heck…Meteorologists?

  1. leafless says:

    Do you know what humans are good at? They are good at deflecting criticisms and putting blames on other people. People are smart; they know that meteorologists aren’t that good in long-term predicting. So when the meteorologists predict there’ll be rain 4 days from now and it happens to come true, people ignore their warnings and don’t even spare a thank. But when the rain doesn’t come, people come out and blame the meteorologists for weak forecasting. The opposite is also true. Give those people a break.

    Well…apparently not EVERYONE is that smart. I must have some reason to blog about this subject…right? Anyone catch on yet?

  2. OK, you’ve got me all curious.
    What do you do in the TV industry? Are you a sportscaster? The reason I am asking is because I am good friends with Steve Physioc who does the Angels out here in Orange County. And if you don’t want to tell a random stranger I understand, but you did get me wondering.

  3. Amber says:

    Ya know Alan.. I really can tell in my right knee. But only a day ahead of time. Definitely not seven days.

  4. Melissa says:

    Yeah, I know they are guessing…it’s why I don’t put much stock in what they say…except I probably should have listened yesterday because outside when I looked outside my window that morning before I left for work it looked like any other hotter then hot day in Arizona…by lunchtime I thought someone had set our clocks back to January. LOL

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