Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Thud

With no snow likely between now and the start of spring (which SuxNews Weather-Authority-Ejacucaster Andrea Rich on Sunday said "will sprung" by Friday), let's see how "Jim's Winter Forecast" and "Bill's Winter Forecast" held up.

Back on November 17, Jumpy Jim Flowers went out on a limb and predicted that we'd receive between 28 and 32 inches of snow during the winter (the average winter snowfall is 30 inches). Six days later, KETV's Super-Doppler-Radar-Guesser Bill Randby warned that we'd accumulate somewhere in the neighborhood of 23 to 27 inches. 

Well, according to the National Weather Service, Mr. Randy was closer; Omaha's snowfall total for the winter is 20.8 inches.

If you're gonna proclaim yourself "The Weather Authority," and have the audacity to think you can predict weather for a four-month period, shouldn't you finish higher than second in this contest?

8 comments:

Counciltucky said...

Think of "The Weather Authority" like "No Child Left Behind": a name that means the exact opposite of its generally understood definition.

Dumb Anguish said...

He was only about seven inches short.

(Wide open...Leaving that one wiiiiiiide open)

Counciltucky said...

Hey Ted, did you ever tally up the grand total of how much snow Jim predicted? He had to have predicted over 32 when totaling up everything.

Dumb Anguish said...

You know. This morning I couldn't resist and had to look at the chatroom they always brag about on that dreadful Daybreak show.

It seems very popular. According to the time stamps, in a one hour time span they had a total of two people chatting (not counting the input of the Channel Six dolts)

Ted Brockman said...

Tucky,

I stopped tracking the over/under at some point. For the most part, Jim's gang had fewer outbreaks of "irrational exuberance" as the winter dragged on.

Jeff said...

You haven't seen nothing yet. The first severe weather outbreak of the year may be looming next Monday/Tuesday timeframe, and Flowers & Co. will be looking to make up for last year's tornado fiasco.

The fun is about to begin.

Willie B Wright said...

Channel Sux couldn't predict a sunset!

I moved away from East/Southeast Nebraska last year, but not until after the tornado hit West 'O'. Knowing my family's safety was in the hands of people who couldn't find their butt with a flashlight and a map made me nervous during severe storm season.

It just proves that you can spend eleventy-gazillion dollars on gold plated, high tech, super-doppler whatcha-callits, and unless the guy operating it knows what he's doing, you're better off with the Nat'l Weather Service forecast.

bumpngrind said...

We all know winter is over because of the "pothole" epidemic! Let us now move on to the next catastrophe looming on the horizon: Severe weather "threats"!!! Randby the cheshire-smirking Euro-computer-model boldly stated on tonight's six o'clock report that come next Monday (FIVE freakin' days from now), we may experience a thunderstorm, and possible severe weather "outbreaks". Oh, dear, the HORROR! He even went so far as to predict a thirty percent chance! I wonder what Billy's chances of dissappointing his significant other usually are?

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