My Advice On What Not To Say On TV… After Saying It

Hey–this is a week and a half out! I’m not that good. No one is.

If you’re planning on mounting a career as an on-air TV meteorologist I have some advice. When you see an interesting tidbit in the very distant future keep it to yourself!

It’s common to buzz through the longer range computer models as they calculate what might happen in the future.

As a ‘met’ I know how these things work. Small errors early on expand exponentially over time. Depending on the complexity of the pattern there might only be a few days of useful information.

This afternoon I was looking at the 12Z GFS model when a huge low caught my eye. Temperatures at 850mb (about 5,000 feet) were cold meaning the precipitation from this system would probably be snow in the Midwest.

As I continued to run through the hours the storm moved east. Snow for us too.

Hey–this is a week and a half out! I’m not that good. No one is.

It was the first time this season I’d seen a chance for snow in Connecticut, so I mentioned it. I did everything I could to play it down, but almost immediately my Facebook page began to fill with comments. The same thing happened on Twitter.

It was as if I’d said the ship was sinking. Every man for himself! Buy all the milk and bread you can get your hands on!

If I saw this forecast setup again I’d probably mention it again. I just wish there was a way to keep it in perspective.

5 thoughts on “My Advice On What Not To Say On TV… After Saying It”

  1. LOL in college I dated a guy who worked @ stop & shop. He was a floor manager. The minute you mention snow…its chaos in the grocery stores! They LOVE it and they Hate it at the same time. Love the cashflow coming in but the amount of customers!! It becomes *the* place to be for everyone. Personally, I will spend more time in line checking out then actual shopping. Maybe you should do a skit in the grocery store or have an appearance on their many screens to be the voice of reason!

  2. Sending you the receipt for the new snowblower I had shipped as soon as I heard your forecast. I also ordered 600-lbs. of salt, but I can have the delivery changed. To your house.

  3. Geoff – I am very sad you are no longer going to be part of our daily lives. I sincerely hope you land a job that will allow us to watch or listen to you again. You had a great run at 8. Not sure I understand how the outpouring of support for you has not made them reconsider their decision.
    Good luck and I’ll miss you.

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