Wednesday, January 14, 2009


I suppose I could have done two posts. But in the interest of time, I thought it would be better to combine two of my favorite things in the whole wide world – weather forecasters and technology.

It snowed earlier this week. The weather forecast was for a ‘trace’ of snow. Waking up in the morning I turned on the news and the reporter was outside in what looked like a blizzard. The snow was heavy and to make matters worse it was blowing sideways. The reporter said the weather lady would tell us exactly how much snow to expect.

Our weather lady (not hired for her meteorological knowledge to be sure) introduced us to “AccuCast”, short for Accurate Forecasting. AccuCast is the latest in weather technology and it would tell with “pin-point” accuracy how much snow we should expect within the next twenty-four hours. She went on and on about how reliable it was, how up to date it was, and how accurate it was. Our part of town was to receive 2.1 inches of snow (notice that’s two POINT one inches). I got up, got dressed and started shoveling the five and a half inches (officially measured by yours truly) of snow off my driveway.

The following morning not one word was said during the weather report about AccuCast. To their credit, they did get closer than ever before –it did snow. In the weather world that is probably pin-point accuracy.


Blogger Lanny said...

Around here the only thing they get right is that yes, we will have weather.

7:51 PM  
Blogger Live Well, Laugh Often & Love Much said...

I think that I have this weather business figured out...

My take on this is if you tune into OUR local weather (FOX 43) they are truly predicting the forecast for the Denver metro area.

Go ahead test this theory ... I bet you I am more actuate then the local meteorologist you have been listing too.

8:14 PM  
Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

It has been in the mid 80s for the past four days here in southern CA. Snow? What's that?
Weather forecasting is not an accurate science.
Accucast should be called Guesscast.
Enjoy all that lovely snow, Ralph.

9:42 PM  
Blogger Peruby said...

If there is one thing I've learned about technology is not to be cocky because it will get you in the end. And, I wouldn't even dream of being too sure of myself when it comes to the weather.

4:45 AM  
Blogger LZ Blogger said...

Ralph ~ As for the weather forecasters... I haven't seen a job that you could be so wrong so many times and yet still HAVE a job since I reviewed Congress' performance over the last 100 years or so! In spite of that it is SOOOO COOOOLD here right now, that I had to look at the local newspaper to ensure that Al Gore WASN'T in town doing a speech about "GLOBAL WARMING"! I hope all is well with you and Char? ~ jb///

2:07 PM  
Blogger Cliff said...

Hey Ralph, great post and ohhh so true.
Also, I don't know if you noticed there's an airplane floating in the Hudson.

4:13 PM  
Blogger Marla said...

Well I am sort of a weather girl wannabe! I following the weather closely, perhaps because I commute everyday. I am a good predicter of snow. At work one day I said, I think it is going to snow, I can feel it in the air. Within 15 minutes it was snowy. Now folks are always coming to be for the weather reports!!

7:06 PM  
Blogger Lucy Stern said...

No snow here! I don't envy you guys up there. My friend that lives in Canton, Ohio called this morning and said that it was -14 degrees overnight last night and her pipes froze up.....Luckly none of the burst....

We have a pretty good weather man down here and only occassionally does he "mess" Hope you had fun shoveling your snow, (snicker)...

12:34 PM  
Blogger Ramblings of a Villas Girl said...

Hi Ralph! I tell ya. When I grow up I want to be a weather girl. Right or wrong, I still have a job and a nice BIG salary to go with it. They have been right around here for the past couple of days. But with half the country in a deep freeze, how could they be wrong when they say, "It's cold out there folks."

We have 'Accuweather', it is about as accurate as your 'AccuCast':o)

You and Char keep warm and I wish no more snow for you. Lisa

5:51 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

Our Houston weather girls are really good! And blonde at that!

Are their predictions fairly accurate? I don't know because I can't hear them, all I can do is watch and dream about what they are saying.

Have you been missing me?

We just returned to the cold (30's around here in the evenings last couple of nights) from a 10 day Caribbean cruise on the Queen Mary 2.

I have started to blog again now after a two week break (did put on a poem on the other blog yesterday). I hope I can keep up now but it may still be slow going for me.
-->So come see me at Jim's Little Blog <--

11:33 PM  
Blogger Dan said...

That's funny, Maybe they should get Accuralph next time.

9:17 AM  
Blogger bobbie said...

Let's see - "a trace" vs. 2.1" vs 5.5" - Yep! that's about as accurate as our weather girl. But she's pretty.

4:29 PM  
Blogger Paul Nichols said...

Accurate Weathercast: that's an oxymoron if I ever heard one.

I'm with you: they never apologize for yesterday's wrong report.

Also, didn't you know that to be a TV Weatherperson, you have to go to a three-week liars school first.

6:14 AM  
Blogger GardenAuthor said...

We have "Doppler" - which seems to be fairly accurate, although sometimes you wish they'd just stick their heads out the window. Every 2-3 days we get another 1-9" of snow and are having temps that fluctuate between 2 and 30 degrees... close enough for garden center work and writing... I'll ignore them until spring's officially here, at which point I can probably lose the longies and felt-lined boots from LL Bean. /Deb

9:58 AM  

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