Friday, January 12, 2018
TKC MUST READ!!! CRAIG GLAZER FIGHTS FAKE WEATHER NEWS IN KANSAS CITY!!!
This EXCEPTIONAL bit of writing from our pal Craig should boil the blood of forecasters but offers a nice perspective on weather accuracy. Take a look:
Craig Glazer: What Ice Storm? Fake Weather News Hurts Our City!
As we all know Kansas City has had very little snow or even bad weather the last many years. Yes it does get cold in January and February, but snow storms, ice storms? Almost zero. Yet our weather news departments insist on telling us several times a year.."Don't go out unless you have too, its deadly out there, stay off the roads"... as we heard the last two days leading into yesterday, Thursday's school closings and the major road problems of ice and snow. Did it happen? NO! Do they do this way too often now? Yes. Why?
Bad news travels fast, very fast. With weather it becomes a conversation with your family and friends in just minutes: "did you hear about the big storm for tomorrow? Boy I'm sure not going out, not going to work even. We cancelled all our plans too. I'm gonna get our in that mess." The word travels and of course we all tune in to the t.v. news shows for the up to the second reports. Those of us 'brave' enough to go out as we did yesterday are shocked to see there is no storm, the streets are nearly totally clean of ice and no snow at all. IN fact during most of day you could have traveled at top speed and stopped on a dime, no sliding. Why...the storm was b.s. Yes it did get cold as the day moved on but it was just a cloudy, chilly, windy gloomy winter January day nothing more. Far from dangerous and no reason on earth to close schools, businesses, force already beleagured stores and shops to take in no dough at all. So why?
Simple: there really hasn't been much bad weather lately, the one snow we had was in the wee hours of the morning a few weeks back and did not effect the roads and highways much as the day came and it began to melt. So the weather folks saw the radar looks and a possibility of some perhaps cold and rainy weather and unloaded before they really knew if it was going to happen or not. I understand our school system plans for at least 3 off days due to weather so why not now, especially with a national holiday Monday..hey maybe it will be a five day weekend!
In the end nothing really happened. TV news continued throughout the day to show us some cars slipping off the road here and there, as well as some iced up spots in parking lots lord knows where, but they found a few. The truth was there was no reason to close anything. They knew it and kept on going. This keeps eyeballs on their shows, gets their ratings higher and that gets more money for tv spots etc..we also dial int news radio for the same reasons.
Last year and for the last few years we have had about ten fake weather news stories each season. There are rare "I'm sorries" from the news foks and they just keep on doing it. Wouldn't it have made sense to predict a possibility of ice and snow, but a wait and see before we hit the panic button? How many millions were lost by shops, stores, entertainment and list is long. Oh groceries do get busy we have to buy food and such because we will not be able to get outside for days right. Sure thing. Hey its wrong to do this every year and every winter. I understand they say its for public safety, but is it? Remember when you were a kid, hell they didn't close school unless we had a major snow storm, ever. We always hoped for it, but they were rare. The weather folks need to take more responsibility for these reports and what they cause. Remember last year they gave us the huge snow storm for the Chiefs/Steelers playoff game so they moved the gametime til that night. It never happened either. Nice.
You decide . . .