There's not much that I could write that would make the conclusions documented by the New York Times Freakonomics blog regarding the inaccuracies of Kansas City Weather folk any less sweet . . . Unless I noted that at least there is a verifiable way to gauge the mistakes of Kansas City Meteorologists whereas this town's print reporters keep on insisting their right regardless of proof.
THE NY TIMES BLOG POST WHICH TAKES APART A MUCH CELEBRATED SEGMENT OF KANSAS CITY'S MEDIA ELITE IS A MUST READ!!!
However, for shits and giggles this Springtime (tornado season) I've pulled some of the best quotes.
The guest author, J.D. Eggleston - A local DeVry grad, genius and D.I.Y Freakonomics practitioner starts simply by taking local weather folk at their word:
The Kansas City television meteorologists will change their mind from 6.8 to nearly nine degrees in temperature and 30 percent to 57 percent in precipitation, showing a distinct lack of confidence in their initial predictions as time goes on.At this point the inaccuracies just get embarrassing as far as reporting in this town is concerned:
The prize for the single most inconsistent forecast goes to Channel 5’s Devon Lucie who on Sunday, September 30th predicted a high temperature of 53 degrees for October 7th, and seven days later changed it to 84 degrees — a difference of 31 degrees! It turned out to be 81 that day.For me this is the money quote that's applicable in so many other aspects of local media as well (print people too):
A close second was Channel 4’s Mike Thompson’s initial prediction of 83 for October 15th, which he changed to 53 just two days later. It turned out to be 64 on the 15th.
While none of Kansas City’s meteorologists are uneducated, stand-up comics, there does seem to be an unfortunate emphasis of style over substance.After reading all of this one thing should be clear:
When station managers were asked about this, one said, “There’s not an evaluation of accuracy in hiring meteorologists. Presentation takes precedence over accuracy.”
LOCAL TV STATIONS NEED TO STOP PROMOTING THEIR WEATHER PEOPLE AND INTERRUPTING PROGRAMMING BECAUSE IT'S CLEAR (A FACT) THEY DON'T REALLY KNOW WHAT THEY'RE DOING!!!
Since Kansas City's failure has been documented by a media organization that serves as the paper of record for this nation . . . I think we can all agree that I'm right and it's time for change. The alternative means nothing less than ongoing panic on the airwaves over a few inches of rain and that's completely unacceptable.
Hat tip: KC Talk.