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gnew46 Feb 15, 11:53 a.m.
Cadets fan. It's a huge difference between a "possibility" of frozen precipitation and an actual accumulation of 4 or more inches, unpredicted and on the ground. The last predicted snowfall, DOT trucks were out putting salt on the highways and nothing happened except for the weather service being wrong, again.
Oh Smeg Feb 14, 1:35 p.m.
I had to drive south from Virginia through Winston-Salem through Greensboro back to Raleigh last night in that mess. "A beautiful Valentine gift" was definitely not what I had in mind watching drivers forget even the most basic driving rules and getting buried under a spray of slush by the caravans of big rigs.
raysson Feb 14, 1:00 p.m.
No snow in parts of Southwestern Durham County neither. Only a sprinkle fell onto Chapel Hill overnight. But to the northern section of the Triangle like Roxboro,Hillsborough,and Northern Durham,and Granville Counties got pounded!!! And this clowns thought we're getting a basket full. I saw the snow precipation around the Triad area and they got hammered!!!
this is my Screen Name Feb 14, 12:39 p.m.
Duke didn't close/delay because there was just a dusting of snow here, and the roads were dry. If they had, people would have laughed at them for overreacting to no snow. I live in Person County and we did have 3 inches. It's up to each of us to decide if we want to go out in it and stop blaming the employer. We have to take a vacation day if we stay home anyway, even if Duke closes.
cadetsfan Feb 14, 12:06 p.m.
Panther. As far as day-to-day forecasters go, it's really only the top broadcast meteorologists in the big markets that make 6 digits. Weather service operational forecasters start out under 30k.
Travised Feb 14, 12:05 p.m.
When they predicted 3-5 we hit the low end at 3.1 at 1700 UTC when tallies are in. Does make it look great after a month of nothing.
You can't blame the persons on the TV who try to use the computers and their programs to forecast the weather. Reality is 48, maybe 72 hours for honing an accurate window. Long range give them a lot of slack. Fronts can pick up speed, drop precip with the mountains, change speed and direction, even just fizzle and dry out. A lot can happen in a few days.
Try plotting it so it was compatible within a 3-6 hour window or so for the upper level of the front. We had to change from the west side of the mississippi valley to the eastern side when flying north. I was given a call asked for the nearest landing strip in Missouri with fuel. Worked out. They made it to Iowa for the night.
Panther Feb 14, 11:58 a.m.
Jannita Your just jealous that you did not pick Meteorology or an occupation. As I told my new neighbor on day being a weather man is the only job I know that you can be wrong 80% of the time and still make a 6 digit salary! He hasn’t spoken to me sense. How was I to know that he was a meteorologist! Some day’s you just can’t win.
beachbum1 Feb 14, 11:21 a.m.
I miss the snow :-( but want it for only like one month. Nothing more beautiful than fresh falling snow and the ground covered.
cadetsfan Feb 14, 11:00 a.m.
gnew46, if the increased snowfall occurred because of an underprediction of precipitation, then a 2-3-inches-of-snow underprediction is only about a 0.2-0.3-inches-of-liquid underprediction, so I think missing the precip amount by a couple tenths would be forgivable if that happened. If, on the other hand, the snow was underpredicted because of temperatures, I think any reasonable person would have thought the snow would mostly not stick because it's been rather warm the past few days...and the atmosphere 'got lucky' that it was able to just make it to freezing from just-above-the-surface to the clouds. The weather service was mentioning the possibility of snow mix since late Tuesday or early Wednesday.
todd23 Feb 14, 10:53 a.m.
Let's give the meteorologists a break. Tuesday night they predicted the central corridor of the state would get the most rain and that's exactly what happened during the day Wednesday. They almost always get it right!
Mmaker52 Feb 14, 10:26 a.m.
Just goes to prove no matter how much fancy equipment they have God still controls the weather. Sure wish he would take pity on us around Fayetteville and give us a BIG blanket of snow :-(
gnew46 Feb 14, 10:20 a.m.
Four inches of snow, not predicted.
wine_girl Feb 14, 10:12 a.m.
no snow in goldsboro... but i'm not giving up hope! sometime before march 21st we'll get ours! :)
TheAdmiral Feb 14, 9:58 a.m.
Ice Cream - It's called growing up and learning that even in snow does not stop a person from their responsibilities.
I had to go through 9 inches of snow in my car to get to work because they never closed. So the fact still remains, that everyone needs to stop wishing for a snow day and start thinking about what jobs you need to change to in order to get one.
Here's a hint - the Waffle House and The Pantry never closes even for snow.
Space Mountain Feb 14, 9:29 a.m.
I wish we had 4 inches in the Triangle. The snow was nice to see, though. Funny how we actually got some this time when they don't make a big deal out of it days ahead of time. If they ever say we're going to have a lot of snow two or more days ahead of time, you can bet we won't get any.
tulips4445 Feb 14, 9:25 a.m.
they did forcast snow for last night. i heard it on the news Wednesday morning. i thought i was hearing things.
cadetsfan Feb 14, 9:17 a.m.
Jannita, meteorology is not an exact science, and winter weather in NC is one of the most difficult things to forecast in the nation. The National Weather Service forecasted rain/snow mix last night with little to no accumulation for Raleigh, and that's exactly what I saw when I woke up this morning.
shine Feb 14, 9:17 a.m.
It is 30 degrees and I am covered in debt. LOL !!!!
dhamma Feb 14, 8:58 a.m.
Only evidence I saw of snow was some white stuff on the mail box this morning, other than that you would have never known anything happened.
jeffthompson Feb 14, 8:50 a.m.
Winston-Salem got 4 inches of snow!
jannita Feb 14, 8:05 a.m.
While I LOVE the snow (and agree wholeheartedly with "ice cream"), I still cannot figure out how, in such a litigous society as ours, meteorologists can be wrong so often and never get sued! When they forecast snow and we don't get it, schools close unnecessarily, roads are coated unnecessarily, all at great expense to the taxpayers and often to individual businesses. When they do not forecast snow and we do get it, again, there are consequences for the public at large, but other than sheepish grins and well, guess we missed that ones, nothing much seems to happen for the forecasters. How many of us have jobs where we can be wrong so often and so egregiously and still keep our jobs?!? Incidentally, this is not a commentary on Greg Fishel but on the field as a whole!
lornadoone Feb 14, 8:04 a.m.
ice cream... good luck with that one :-p my mom has worked at Duke foreva, and they are NEVER delayed.
ice cream Feb 14, 7:54 a.m.
Durham Public has a two hour delay, but does Duke? Noooooooo...of course not. Never. :(
Ajay F.S. Feb 14, 7:53 a.m.
In north center Person County, I measured 4 inches on the table on my back deck. Really nice! It was enough to totally blanket everything!
Me again Feb 14, 7:50 a.m.
global warming strikes the RDU area again
lornadoone Feb 14, 7:08 a.m.
How fun. My car was covered in snow this morning, although the ground was completely clear.
Published: 2008-01-11 14:37:00
Updated: 2010-06-21 13:53:03