It is Feb. 1, 2015, and it is cold and raining! We have been under a winter storm watch for two days and based on the forecast the state, county and city street departments have responded, as usual, to the severe weather forecast by spraying the roads and streets with deicer.
It started just as predicted at around 8:00 p.m. with a little snow and a few sprinkles, which this morning turned to rain. It has rained off and on most of the day and guess what? The sprayed on deicer has washed off the roads and is on its way to the Gulf of Mexico.
If the temperature drops tonight causing the rain to freeze on the roads the highway/street departments will have to get out the salt trucks and start over.
My question is, why do we, the taxpayers, have to stand the expense of missed forecast by the weather service? I’ll bet if the weather service had to pay for added expenses caused by their missed forecast they might do a better job at forecasting.
Just think about what NYC and New Jersey spent last week and the effect on the economy resulting from a missed forecast based on an admitted bad forecast based on a bad forecasting model. WOW, what if the weather service had to pay for that. They probably would develop a much better and more accurate forecasting model. Do you think that will ever happen? Probably not. So we will have to continue living with weather forecast that are wrong at least 50% of the time.
But, cheer up, spring will be here before you know it!
Thanks for watching,