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  • soapbox Jan 20, 2014

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    I disagree. I follow WRAL weather closely on the web, and make extensive use of the various radar views. From these sources I can get an accurate picture of what to expect.

    But I understand that meteorology, and forecasts based on meteorology, are stated in terms of probabilities and that there is a great deal of variation across a geographical area.

    For example, the strong storms that blew through the state on 1/11/13 didn't affect me at all. I saw no squalls with strong winds and sudden downpours. Two miles away, they saw both. Thirty miles away there was significant damage and one person lost her life. So was WRAL wrong because it didn't happen AT MY HOUSE? I think not.

  • rescuefan Jan 20, 2014

    Obamacare is right. I was coming home from Duke that day to bring my husband home after surgery. Fortunately, we were on the front end of the disaster and it only took us 2 1/2 hours to drive what normally took 30 minutes. But we also had an extremely cold several days leading up to the snow, so the pavement was very cold and then all the vehicles on the road would melt the snow, which then immediately froze into a sheet of ice.

  • 1nclady Jan 20, 2014

    Snow? I'm not getting my hopes up :(

  • WralCensorsAreBias Jan 20, 2014

    "Some of us don't live in a comfy little cocoon. We have lives that are heavily impacted by the weather and we need to plan ahead. "

    If your job, life and world is impacted by the weather you sure don't want to be listening to this channel for accuracy. That goes double for this time of year with them.

    They're not very good at getting it correct. You are better off guessing.

  • Obamacare prevails again Jan 20, 2014

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    Actually, the date was January 19th of 2005 and the quick 1 inch snow burst came down shortly after 1 pm. That's when schools and businesses closed early before crews could brime the roads. Everything quickly turned to ice.

    I remember my 8 mile, 8 hour commute that day.

  • busyb97 Jan 20, 2014

    Do you all recall a few years ago....very similar situation. Just flurries...very little was expected, but when did it fall?? RUSH HOUR. What happened? It made for a mess as drivers, for whatever reason, got stranded on the highways for hours! I think less than an inch fell over all, but because it fell during rush hour, made things a bit slick, created a nightmare.

    So while it does seem laughable and crazy, considering it would be around the time of rush is something to be aware of during your day.

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  • dejr8875 Jan 20, 2014

    I think a weeks emphasis on snow is getting old. They should wait 36 hours before making the statement, rather than raise a person's hope (especially a child's). Just saying....

  • mafiamic Jan 20, 2014

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    If you read it properly instead of just the words and their meaning separately...It said
    We are expecting snow,but where this person was they got storms,with the thunder and more then likely Rain instead of snow.

  • BeastieBoy Jan 20, 2014

    Oh, PA-LEEZE!!!

  • Obamacare prevails again Jan 20, 2014

    This should say flurries. We're not getting snow tomorrow. Good grief.

  • csw Jan 20, 2014

    Walkin Man....I listen to different news channels and they are all reporting the same thing, snow tomorrow. So why is WRAL going berserk when the other stations are reporting the same thing? Some people just want to complain about something...

  • soapbox Jan 20, 2014

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    Thanks for the link, couchmandy! I love these old "proverbs" and have learned not to discount them just because they are "folk wisdom." Time & time again scientists have investigated some phenomenon and "proven" what the old wives knew all along.

    People forget that science begins with observation, formulation of a hypothesis, and repeated testing of said hypothesis. A hypothesis does not explain what you have observed. It's merely a statement of expectation: If THIS, then THAT.

    You don't have to have a masters degree and a zillion dollars worth of hi-tech equipment to carry out this basic functions of science. Just curiosity, dedication, the powers of observation, and a willingness to accept the truths that you encounter.

    A little wisdom doesn't hurt either.

  • soapbox Jan 20, 2014

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    Berserk? Reporting & forecasting the weather, issuing advisories? That's what you call berserk? You are free to ignore the weather report, if you choose, snarky comments aside.

    Some of us don't live in a comfy little cocoon. We have lives that are heavily impacted by the weather and we need to plan ahead. We may work outdoors, we may have crops or livestock, we may have investments that need to be protected from extremes of weather. So I'm off now to do just that, based on the weather report. Thank you, WRAL!

  • couchmandy Jan 20, 2014

    Regarding thunder and snow:

  • mafiamic Jan 20, 2014

    Could?,Potential,High 60?,Could,? So get out and enjoy the weather and soak up the sun?
    Talk about fearful conflicting report here?.Or just go EHHH! and take what is given and enjoy your days whatever they are for the truth is always unseen.

  • admin39 Jan 20, 2014

    You know, I can't correlate the sound of thunder 11 days out with snow, but I have noted that when it is under 32 degrees and precipitating, it's highly probable that it will be frozen. That and the fact that it was foggy in August. The fog we had in August is a for sure sign it's going to snow.

  • yorky1966 Jan 20, 2014

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    Yep, some type of frozen precipitation usually does fall.

  • youpeoplearesoentertaining Jan 20, 2014

    To those of you that are skeptical about the relation between thunder and snow..... Over the last many, many years, I have noted that when there is thunder in the winter, some form of frozen precipitation fall within 9 - 11 days. So of course, seankelly15, this would not apply in the summer. It is only in the winter that this seems to hold true, old chestnut or not....

  • Dr Sanchez Jan 20, 2014

    "I do find it interesting that we did have 'thunder' what was it 10-11 days ago from the expected snow fall date?" - Short

    Ya know I heard my cat sneeze this morning, so it's only going to rain.

  • Walkin Man Jan 20, 2014

    WRAL seems to be the only station that I watch that really goes berserk when it comes to the weather around here. Give it a break will ya!!

  • seankelly15 Jan 20, 2014

    SHORT - "I do find it interesting that we did have 'thunder' what was it 10-11 days ago from the expected snow fall date?"

    You don't really believe this old chestnut, do you? If thunder was related to snow then we would see snow in the summer.

  • Inside The Beltline Jan 20, 2014

    "I do find it interesting that we did have 'thunder' what was it 10-11 days ago from the expected snow fall date?" -Short

    I find it nearly as interesting that the sun rose to the east this morning and that the sky is blue.

  • short Jan 20, 2014

    I do find it interesting that we did have 'thunder' what was it 10-11 days ago from the expected snow fall date?

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