The jokes on this blog are getting increasingly bawdy and for the most part that's okay.

However . . .

We're not even going to make a big deal out of a local newsman promising this cowtown12 inches and delivering NOTHING.

Apropos for #TBT, Kansas City is notorious for inaccurate weather forecasts.

Accordingly, here's a bit of acknowledgement of the mistake that will be repeated constantly during tornado season . . .

KSHB: Winter weather mostly misses KC area Thursday

Developing . . .


  1. I love the "calm before the storm" slogan; especially when NOTHING happens, and yet they keep saying its so hard to predict weather in KC, then stop preparing for the worst!!!!!

  2. Karli Ritter has to be one of the worst weather people on earth, she was dreaming herself yesterday predicting snow. Awful.

  3. This cowtown repeatedly gets 12 inches from it's government.

  4. Only job you can be wrong so often and keep your job,just be willing to dream up anything scary

  5. ^^^^
    Actually, you're describing the "job" of being mayor of KCMO.
    Local TV weather forecaster is a close second, though.

  6. "Kansas City's Most Accurate" ....hahahahahahahahaha!!

  7. Not like in the old days, when Mike Thompson predicted 283 of every year's 7 or 8 tornados.

  8. Wall E. Weasel3/18/21, 12:08 PM

    "I love the "calm before the storm" slogan; especially when NOTHING happens"

    Look a little closer, the slogan is actually "Calm during the storm".

    If you weren't around for Katie Horner's reign at KCTV5 you probably don't understand it. The slogan was directly aimed at her and channel 5. At the slightest hint of somewhat-more-severe-than-mild weather, KCTV5 would preempt programming for hours and bring on Katie Horner to frighten viewers with the horrors of what might possibly happen if they stopped watching her weather coverage for 2 minutes.

    Take Monday's tornado outbreak as an example. At the first signs of a storm system which could possibly create enough rotation that the formation of a tornado could not be entirely ruled out, channel 5 would have preempted their normal programming and switched to weather coverage mode. Since there wasn't much to actually cover at the beginning, Katie would have regaled us with stories of some weather event which killed multiple people in 1954 and explain how her modern coverage could have prevented some of those deaths. Once the weather turned a little more serious she would have advised people in its path to put on their bicycle helmets and safety goggles, go outside, and pick up any objects weighing more than 2 ounces lest they become lethal "yard missiles" if a tornado should hit.

    When the tornadoes actually did form it was all over for the viewers in their paths. Katie would have explained how everyone within ten miles of these tornadoes were facing certain death and there was nothing which could be done for them.

    You would have expected the weather coverage to end once the severe weather left the area. You would have been wrong. Coverage would have continued for two more hours while Katie explained that a tornado in 1963 once changed direction and backtracked for two miles and the same thing was certain to happen if the station stopped broadcasting emergency weather coverage.

    None of these things are exaggerations. They actually did happen on a regular basis when Katie Horner was chief meteorologist at KCTV5.


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