Abe Katz wrote a winter outlook story for yesterday’s New Haven Register. I was one of the ‘experts’ quoted.
Let’s just say my quotes weren’t the ones you’d put in the first paragraph.
What does this mean?
Not a whole lot, said Geoff Fox, meteorologist at WTNH. “I’m a real non-believer in long term forecasts,” he said.
My problem, however, comes with a quote deeper in the article. I’m not sure whether I was misquoted or just didn’t say exactly what I meant.
There are two problems, Fox said: The forecasts are not accurate, and people live day to day, not season to season.
“If someone said it would be 3 degrees below normal for three months, how would that change your life?” Fox said
What I meant to say, or possibly did say, was:
“If someone said it would be 3 degrees below normal for three months, how would that change your life day-to-day?”
Adding day-to-day makes all the difference, because you would notice a season that’s three degrees below normal. That small temperature difference would take marginal rain days and make them snow days. Your heating bill would be significantly higher. You just wouldn’t notice it on any particular day.
It’s a tiny difference in meaning, but a significant one.
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Wow – two print mentions in the past week. This time Joe Amarante of the New Haven Register called to ask about our lack of winter.
I’m not sure “alarmist crap” is be a phrase I’d use again for attribution. It was inelegant and crude. Unfortunately, it’s an accurate quote. Sometimes stuff just comes out.
I think writers, like Joe and Charlie Walsh at the Connecticut Post (who quoted me last week), have a distinct advantage over TV people. We need to haul our sorry butts to the scene of the crime. Newspaper people can just pick up the phone and interview a half dozen people in the time it takes us to drive to some far off little town.
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