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Suggestion For National Weather Service

Discussion in 'Weather' started by PetalsandPines, Feb 5, 2006.

  1. PetalsandPines

    PetalsandPines Senior Member
    Messages: 260

    Remove the dots from a pair of dice. On one replace with Sunny, Rainy, Snowy, Blizzard, Cloudy, Lake Effect. On the other replace with 50%, 100%, Could Be, Maybe, Chance. Hire one person in every major city to roll the dice and WAMMOOO there is your forecast. Obviously it would save us taxpayers millions of dollars. Probably would be 100% more accurate than the current system. And it would prevent me from wanting to strangle the local weathermen.:realmad:
  2. polarplowing

    polarplowing Member
    Messages: 59

    I agree 110%!! Most of the time the N.W.S. doesn't know their head from their A##! In a period of 4 hours they went from 80% chance of 6" to 80% chance of less than 1" and then to 50% of 1-3". Really mad, we only got 1/2". Like your idea of rolling dice, hey who knows maybe they will get it right that way.

  3. cja1987

    cja1987 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,407

    Dont pay any attention to % chances, its BS. It changes throughout the day and is sometimes not even changed by a person its done by computer. For whatever reason, you cant put much weight on NWS's graphical forecast they change too much and your often better off watching the local tv station. Also if your on your local NWS webpage, click on the "Forecast Discussion" link. It will give you a much better idea of whats going on and its actually updated by a person multiple times a day. They should give you all senarios, and update more frequently when storms are on the way or in progress.
  4. LwnmwrMan22

    LwnmwrMan22 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 28,362

    The only thing you can use ANY weather site for, is for a generalization.

    You can use it to know if there's a possibility that you might plow within the next 12 hours.

    After that, you've got to learn to read your own local radar, a state wide area radar and a radar that covers at least 1/2 the nation, so you can tell what the storm is doing yourself.

    If you're going to rely only on someone else, you might as well wait until the customer calls and wonders when you're going to plow.
  5. qualitylawncare

    qualitylawncare Senior Member
    Messages: 501

    I know how you feel man..

    We heard:

    6-10"+ on Thursday
    then changed to 4-6" on Friday
    then again to 2-5" on Saturday
    last night I heard 2-3"
    and we ended up with nothing natural. All we've gotten so far is lake effect.:rolleyes: