Merry, Merry Month

Maypole_WpCYou don't have to act like a little kid...just be glad it's May!


Weather or Not

SoapboxStinksWpCHere's a prediction:

Not much more time will pass before a coalition between business and government forms to sue the weather industry for failure to provide reliable forecasts.

Think about it. How much $ is made by the national and local weather industry? It has to be right behind sports as a media cash cow. And how much $ is lost in public funds and business revenue when weather predictions are wrong, one way or the other? So, while The Weather Channel stars and all the cable and local TV weather geeks are creating a cult of personality for themselves while raking in big bucks for their parent companies - naming storms, hyping or downplaying their potential, misrepresenting and embellishing their impact - politicians, business owners, and taxpayers get screwed - profits are lost, resources wasted, careers derailed. And, not to forget the most important issue - people suffer and sometimes even die.

We're not suggesting that people in the weather industry are willfully malicious. All we're saying is those forecasters that apologized for their lame-brained prediction of the big nor'easter this week, and their bosses, are laughing all the way to the bank.



"Poor Richard" versus "TWC"

SoapboxStinksWpCWhoever is touted as the new "winter weather expert" at The Weather Channel recently proclaimed that this season is very unlikely to be a repeat of last year's vicious winter when "the polar vortex" invaded the continental U.S. with distressing regularity. Nevermind that the polar vortex didn't ever withdraw its grip entirely at the end of last season and continued to affect the spring and summer months.

At the same time, the new Almanac has predicted a terrible winter season.

Who looks to have the upper hand on forecasting acumen now, the seasoned intuitive prognosticators or the computer model geeks?

And here's an idea for a government-funded infrastructure project...we've recommended it before and we're recommending it again...build a 30,000 foot wall across the Canadian border. Keep that freezing air up there where it belongs!

Go away, polar vortex! Go away, computer geeks! Go away, Canada!

Hello, isolationism!