Monday, January 11, 2021 6 P.M.
It’s happened again!
Yesterday’s post was about a little “pet peeve” about the National Weather Service’s failure to update forecasts when they go bad. For details, read yesterday’s comments. Well, it really surprised me to see the same situation again today. Only this time, the forecast also hit upon another one of may pet peeves.
Today’s forecast called for mostly cloudy skies this morning with skies becoming partly cloudy during the afternoon. A late morning look at the situation showed that clearing, if any, would be very slow this afternoon. So a forecast update then should have been a downgrade to at least “mostly cloudy” or , even better, “cloudy.” But, since midday updates aren’t required anymore, nothing happened.
My second pet peeve of the day is this…many times the morning forecast contains messaging for “this morning” and “this afternoon” rather than “today.” That’s good. After all, weather does change. To me, it seems like a sensible idea that around Noon the forecast should be reissued removing the “this morning” wording. Makes sense to me. But, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone to the NWS forecast during the afternoon and the first phrase of the forecast contains the words “this morning.” It’s just common sense.
One of my favorite quotes…Common sense isn’t.