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´You were warned!´ Al Roker and National
Weather Service hit back at politicians
blaming bad forecasts for chaos in the*

Daily Mail [UK], by Louise Boyle, James Nye

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Posted By:Attercliffe, 1/30/2014 11:13:17 AM

The snow and sleet have stopped falling and traffic is slowly moving again but a storm is now brewing over who exactly is at fault for the South´s winter weather fiasco. Weatherman Al Roker and the National Weather Service hit back at politicians in the South who have pointed the finger at inaccurate forecasts as the reason why authorities were so ill-prepared for snowfall and icy conditions which led to chaos on the roads. Georgia Governor Nathan Deal said on Tuesday that the storm was ´unexpected´ and ´we can´t control Mother Nature´. However NBC´s Al Roker completely rebuffed this claim on

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*South that left roads clogged and coated in ice and forced 15,000 children to sleep at their schools because officials had not cancelled classes

Shades of Nagin and Blanco! Absolutely no way this storm was unexpected.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: kahunavol, 1/30/2014 11:14:23 AM     (No. 9711589)

Wasn´t expected here in my neck of the woods, they blew it completely.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: earlybird, 1/30/2014 11:20:17 AM     (No. 9711609)

Al Roker may be a weather man but he is not a meteorologist. I consider him to be more of a buffoon.

That said we heard yesterday from a meteorologist who said this storm did not live up to forecasts and arrived when and where it was not expected.

People who believe forecasts are 100% accurate - particularly with a storm like this one - are living in a dream world.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Starlady, 1/30/2014 11:21:03 AM     (No. 9711613)

It should be really easy to prove or disprove. All channels have tapes of forecasts they can show on evening newscasts.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Keekng, 1/30/2014 11:29:39 AM     (No. 9711632)

What #2 said!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: SpeedMaster, 1/30/2014 11:35:08 AM     (No. 9711641)

I live in a community North of Atlanta, and yes this was completely unexpected. If the forecasts were broadcast (I did not see one), and if they were accurate that does not change the surprise as we get warnings of snow accumulation two or three times every winter and they never (almost) come about. What really threw everyone for a loop this time was the accumulation was so rapid.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: bamapreacher, 1/30/2014 11:36:35 AM     (No. 9711646)

If there is a sudden shift in a weather pattern it is impossible to forecast. It has happened in Philadelphia at least once this year if not twice, and up until almost the last minute one of the nation´s best meteorologists, James Spann out of Birmingham, was still saying the snow was expected to go south of I-20. He spent Tuesday afternoon apologizing but he can only go by what the National Weather Service forecast. The reincarnation of J. Fred Muggs should keep his mouth shut unless he can show that he was never wrong about a forecast.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Lalo, 1/30/2014 11:38:38 AM     (No. 9711656)

Atlanta Mayor Reed and especially Gov. Deal came off surprisingly lame in their news conference, in which they came up empty-handed when asked if they had had any sort of traffic plan for a surprise snowstorm. So not having been properly warned of the storm would be a red herring, a moot point and no excuse for this epic fiasco even beyond the previous ones, lol.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: gagolfer, 1/30/2014 11:39:41 AM     (No. 9711661)

We´re here in Atlanta and the storm was predicted exactly like happened. (Al Roker is not a meteorologist, but he was saying what Weather Service meteorologists had predicted and said.) Gov. Deal admitted yesterday at his press conference that he had been told Monday night t storm would hit Atlanta and there had been a conference with his department heads and they had decided NOT to act on what the weather service was saying. They were afraid they would be criticized if the storm didn´t hit Atlanta and they had closed down the city unnecessarily.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: farmwife, 1/30/2014 11:41:10 AM     (No. 9711667)

Sometimes things happen. You just have to deal with it the best you can. Southerners have my sympathy, and I don´t think this scrambling to ´blame´ somebody helps anything. Reminds me of Obams´s, ´I want to know who´s ass to kick´ when the gulf oil spill. That does nothing. Spend your energies fixing the problem, not fixing the blame.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: kayjaymac, 1/30/2014 11:56:37 AM     (No. 9711714)

They forecast the weather, and God laughs. He does have a sense of humor, doesn´t He?

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Reply 11 - Posted by: bighambone, 1/30/2014 11:59:12 AM     (No. 9711722)

The Democrats and the liberal media will as always blame the Republicans, that´s my forecast!

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Reply 12 - Posted by: gagolfer, 1/30/2014 12:04:46 PM     (No. 9711737)

Sorry for the second post, but #11 every politician here is getting blamed regardless of party, the Rep Governor AND the Democrat Atlanta Mayor. And school officials. They all are admitting they made decisions at the time that turned out to be the wrong decisions.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: tearza, 1/30/2014 12:13:52 PM     (No. 9711753)

Al roker doesn´t know the difference between a cold front and a warm front. He just reads off a teleprompter....Needs to become a Meteorologist if he wants to be credible

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Trust No One, 1/30/2014 12:25:08 PM     (No. 9711781)

I live in CA and I knew that storm was suppose to hit the Southeast.

Hard for me to believe that people that live in the south don´t know to expect the weather to change on a dime. (Born and raised in the south BTW). And that the roads are impassable when they ice. South ever get snow without ice?? Me and my kids would have been Home.

It´s going to be in the 60-70 by weekend!

My first thought was that this is a symptom of people waiting for .gov to tell them where to line up!

Geez Louise

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Reply 15 - Posted by: FlatCityGirl, 1/30/2014 12:39:02 PM     (No. 9711804)

This has to be the silliest manufactured uproar I’ve seen lately. Does anyone honestly expect a weather forecast to be accurate to the letter? Why does anyone have to be to blame for an act of nature? Katrina anyone?

Do not ever put your trust in a weatherman, spring, summer, fall or winter, especially winter, but . . . if a weatherman tells you it’s going to snow in your Southern city --or within a 500 mile radius, act like he knows what he’s talking about and prepare: get to the grocery store with all of the other crazy people and start emptying the shelves like you were preparing for a nuclear holocaust. Make sure you don’t run out of milk in the middle of the occasional half-inch of snow that might cover your roads in the next 24 hours –and this is where the Weather Facts of Life really come into play:

Weather Facts of Life: Southerners can not –CAN NOT drive on snow and ice; every so often snow and ice falls in the South; Northern drivers can –CAN drive on snow and ice, they grow up with it, they have a feel for it, they can do it; Northern transplants to cities like Atlanta are at the complete and total mercy of Southerner drivers when snow and ice cover the roads. It only takes a couple of Southern drivers in a city like Atlanta to jam the brakes and go flying across three or four lanes of traffic to back things up all the way to South Carolina.

Whether you’re a Northerner of a Southerner, life isn’t hard if you just understand the Weather Facts of Life.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: mossley, 1/30/2014 1:10:02 PM     (No. 9711872)

Yes, they were warned. That doesn´t mean that snow plows, salt trucks and massive amounts of salt and sand magically appeared in the South, along with folks to operate the machinery. They don´t get snow enough to justify the expense.

That said, they should have warned people to stay off the roads unless they absolutely had to go out. Without salt and/or sand, snow compacts on roads and turns to ice.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: babelfish30101, 1/30/2014 1:14:21 PM     (No. 9711881)

I live North of Atlanta, and I assure you the speed at which snow accumlated and turned to ice caught us by surprise. The general consuses was that this would take all day. It took an hour.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: edgar, 1/30/2014 1:24:26 PM     (No. 9711902)

The Weather Channel has become Weathertainment. I cannot watch anymore. ´Everything Except the Weather With Al´, naming of low scale storms to add hype, multitudes of commercials, global warming advocacy, etc. have all driven me away from what was once the source for weather information.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Chuzzles, 1/30/2014 1:40:51 PM     (No. 9711946)

To those of you claiming ´surprise´, I live in Oregon and I knew during the WEEKEND that you folks were going to be in a world of hurt with this storm.

You were warned, and your local officials decided to ignore the warnings. They deserve to be pilloried.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: kahunavol, 1/30/2014 1:51:07 PM     (No. 9711977)

The South isn´t a small, singular place. Yes, we can be surprised when the forecast says there will be literally no snow in our particular part of the region and then several inches of snow and ice happen. Bless your heart.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: joew9, 1/30/2014 1:56:09 PM     (No. 9711987)

At 10PM Tuesday just as I was told to leave work I checked the weather web pages and all said they expected us to get 0.01 in of snow.
We already had way more than that at that time.
We got 4 in.
My truck was almost stuck leaving the work parking lot. It was completely stuck a few miles later. I had to walk home. Truck still stranded in a neighborhood 4 miles away.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: FlatCityGirl, 1/30/2014 2:14:44 PM     (No. 9712021)

I´ve been 50 years in two Southern cities. I had a standing rule --hard and fast, with every employer I had right up until I retired, and it was understood in the initial job interview: The first flake of snow that falls, the first drop of sleet, I leave work. Period. Everyone should know their limitations --and the limitations of others, as well: I am petrified of slick roads and I know that I am no good at navigating them. 99% of the children of the South can not drive on ice and snow. We should all just own up to it.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: anotherctyankee, 1/30/2014 3:44:33 PM     (No. 9712150)

Sorry, as much as I love you guys, NO ONE can drive on ice. I used to make it to work with studs on my tires, but then, Connecticut outlawed them, so I just waited for the sanding trucks.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: judy, 1/30/2014 5:13:38 PM     (No. 9712255)

Anyone who listens to Al deserves bad weather. Next time listen to Fox. Janice showed the line of the the storm.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Boneshaker, 1/30/2014 6:19:56 PM     (No. 9712348)

Sounds like Al has another load in his pants.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Twinkle93, 1/30/2014 7:25:43 PM     (No. 9712426)

If Al did predict it accurately, then he should ask himself of why they did not belIeve hIm. Maybe it is because of the sensationalism that he and the channel pushes vs. true reporting or forecasting.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 1/31/2014 1:28:36 AM     (No. 9712685)

#18, Accuweather is planning a cable channel later this year. I´m looking forward to it.



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of deception, demagoguery just
to get attention

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Washington Examiner, by Paul Bedard    Original Article
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Prominent Washington correspondents are accusing President Obama and his aides of knowingly stretching the truth on issues like the so-called women´s pay gap just to create controversy and keep issues -- and the president -- relevant. Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus kicked off the attack last week when she blasted as “demagoguery” the administration´s tactics during the pay gap debate. “The level of hyperbole -- actually, of demagoguery -- that Democrats have engaged in here is revolting,” she wrote. CBS White House Correspondent Major Garrett then weighed in this week in his National Journal

Clintons celebrate Chelsea’s
pregnancy announcement

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New York Post, by Stephanie Smith    Original Article
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The Clintons had a busy night of celebrations after Chelsea announced she and husband Marc Mezvinsky are expecting a baby. Bill joined “House of Cards” star Kevin Spacey at the Revlon Rainforest Fund Benefit Concert at Carnegie Hall Thursday, joking of Spacey’s Machiavellian character, “When I was president people accused me of murder all the time, made a show of investigating. Spacey’s president for 15 minutes and he gets away with murder.” Spacey, who sang during the event with Sting, Stephen Stills and James Taylor, also showed off his Johnny Carson impression, taking a swipe at the coverage of Flight

Harry Reid Doubles Down on Bundy
Ranch: ´If They´re Patriots, We´re
in Big Trouble´

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Breitbart Big Government, by Kerry Picket    Original Article
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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Friday stood by his statement regarding embattled Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, saying on KSNV’s What’s Your Point?, “If anyone thinks by any figment of their imagination that what happened up there last week was just people rallying to somebody that was oppressed, 600 people came in armed. They had practiced. They had maneuvered.” Reid continued, “They knew what they were doing. They set up snipers in strategic locations with sniper rifles. They had assault weapons. They had automatic weapons. And they boasted about the fact that they put women and children, in fact one


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