The “good old days”

Sunday, January 10, 2021  12:30 P.M.

One of things I miss from the old days is the updated forecasts issued by the NWS around 11:30 A.M. and P.M.  Forecasts were not as accurate in those days, so the updates to the “prime” morning and evening forecasts were sometimes needed.

Somewhere along the line it was decided that the morning and evening forecasts were all that was needed.  Updates became hard to find.  Today’s forecast is a perfect example why that may not be such a good thing.

When I got up this morning, my radio told me “sunny skies today with a high near 40.”   But it wasn’t sunny, so I went to the NWS site to see what they were saying.  There I found a forecast for Jefferson County of “partly cloudy with a high in the upper 30’s.”  Ok, that was still in play.  Later, however, taking a little closer look at the actual weather data and satellite imagery, I noticed that the models predicted the sunnier part of the day to be during the morning with clouds increasing again during the afternoon.  A quick look at satellite views shows increasing clouds advancing eastward from western KY.

So, now the morning forecast no longer seems to be “in play.”  In the old days, the 11:30 A.M. update would (should?)  have put the forecast back on track.  But, at last glance, the incorrect forecast still stands.  Surely someone at the NWS would want to correct it (and drop the “high” to the mid 30’s).


The music for the song, Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, is the same tune that is used in the ABC song we use to teach children the A, B, C’s.

The composer of that music was Mozart!

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