THINGS ONLY METEOROLOGISTS KNOW ABOUT WEATHER REPORTS
One thing literally everyone does is complain about the weather forecast being wrong. We talked to a meteorologist, David, to learn how he predicts the weather. There's a 75 percent chance that everything he told us is accurate. (Link In Full) http://goo.gl/J0R7IE
- •Don't Trust Anything Past A Five-Day ForecastOne-day forecasts have an average accuracy within 2 degrees, and they predict rain (or a lack thereof) correctly 82 percent of the time. But the further ahead you try to predict, the harder it gets. While a five-day forecast is generally still pretty solid, anything beyond that is basically just voodoo practiced by a guy in a cheap suit.
- •No Station Has Super Special Equipment That Makes Them Better"Getting a Doppler is like selecting an oil change for your car. You probably don't even know the brand, they all do the same thing, and it all looks the same. My college just uses 'Doppler.' It's just waves being sent out and coming back differently to show us a bunch of info. That's it." So all those different names are just a marketing scheme to get your attention, like how half a dozen different companies try to convince you that their gum has the minty freshness that will get you laid.
- •All The Boring Technical Stuff Can Mean The Difference Between Life And DeathAnyone who gets on a boat for a living needs to know whether they're waking up to a calm day on the waters or a 70 percent chance of reenacting a Marky Mark death scene. That's why we have wave-height and wind-speed measurements. Barometric pressure provides a useful heads-up for people who suffer from migraine headaches Farmers also appreciate the more detailed weather breakdown. And headache-prone boat farmers need everything all the time.
- •Weather Forecasters Need No Education WhatsoeverOn the one hand, the meteorologists have to do all the hard science work, while the weatherperson just has to point and speak and collect their paycheck. But it's the weather forecaster who gets mocked and complained to when forecasts are wrong, while the unknown meteorologist can hide the shame of their failings. It's like having a built-in scapegoat.
- •News Stations Hype Up Deadly Weather Because It's Great For RatingsWith hurricanes, a meteorologist really needs to be sure. You'd be pretty pissed off if the forecaster completely failed to warn you about something as major as a hurricane. Or maybe you'd be dead, but hopefully someone would get pissed on your behalf. And while it's unlikely that every meteorologist in the area is going to miss Hurricane Katrina 2: This Time It's In Delaware, it has happened.