Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Expected more than we got

I am sitting at my desk at work, typing this during my morning break. We were expecting 1-3 inches of snow overnight, but got just a dusting. One of the hardest jobs in Northeast Ohio has to be a weather forecaster. Dick Goddard, the dean of weather forcasters in this area once got a letter from one of his viewers stating he was shoveling 6 inches of partly cloudy from his driveway.

But the weather here also changes with the locale. It could be sunny in downtown Cleveland and snow squalls could be in one of the eastern suburbs. Such was the case several years ago when a traffic reporter for what's now WTAM/1100. Cliff Note: back then it was WWWE, but since I have a couple of readers from the Atlanta area, I did not want to confuse them as WWWE/1100 is now a Spanish speaking station in that area. Back to the story. The reporter and his pilot was killed when the traffic plane crashed into a cell phone tower that they evidently couldn't see because of the snow. Downtown and the western suburbs was partly sunny at the time.

Come to think about it, I wouldn't want to be an airborne traffic reporter either.


Brenda said...

The snow situation has been crazy the past 24 hrs, that's for sure!!! Half way home from work it all of the sudden got very bad, then once I passed Rittman to go bowling, the roads were fine again, but the East side of Wadsworth had blizzard like conditions at that same time!!
Very strange yesterday.

Hope you had a nice vacation!!

Busy Bee Suz said...

that would be a terrible job, because SOMEONE will always get mad at you. which I don't understand...only ONE person knows what the weather will be all the time.

Shellmo said...

Being a weather forecaster is almost like being a gambler I imagine! Maybe you'll get it right - maybe not!

wzzp said...

Jeff Tanchak is a complete weather moron.

Dick Goddard rules!

Michelle Dawn said...

I feel for all weathermen. Our weather is all over the place here all the time. Counties around us could have extreme weather and we don't. Hope you enjoyed your vacation.

Jen said...

Maybe you need a meteorologist instead. Cincinnati news stations seem to pride themselves in all their meteorologists.
Come to think of it...they're about 50 50 too. lol

Pat Jenkins said...

wixy if i was you i would hope they keep getting it wrong!!!