Wash Post's Jason Samenow: "The Weather Service, which has a mission to protect life and property, may have felt it was best serving the public by stressing the worst-case scenario for the big cities. But it’s a risky strategy that can cost credibility. Trust is so important in weather prediction because, when it is eroded, the public may take forecasts less seriously in life-or-death situations."
"Out of extreme caution we decided to stick with higher amounts," Greg Carbin, chief of forecast operations at the Weather Prediction Center in suburban Maryland, told The Associated Press.
Carbin said a last-minute change downgrading snowfall totals might have given people the wrong message that the storm was no longer a threat....Dramatically changing forecasts in what meteorologists call "the windshield wiper effect" only hurts the public, said Bob Henson, a meteorologist for the private Weather Underground.
“First we were told ‘global warming’ means less snow, but then we had record snowfalls in recent winters and they changed the memo to ‘global warming’ means more snow. Now we are being told that ‘global warming’ is causing more snow and less snow — all at the same time,” said Climate Depot’s Marc Morano. “There is no way to falsify the ‘global warming’ claims if every weather event proves the case.”
As Mr. Morano put it, “This latest snowstorm is a typical late-winter nor’easter. Relax, stay safe and enjoy Mother Nature at her finest.”
Spencer: Global warming theory is in fact so malleable that it predicts anything. More cold, less cold. More snow, less snow. What a powerful theory. And what’s even more amazing is that climate change can be averted by just increasing your taxes. But what nobody ever reports on — because it would be boring — are the storms and severe weather events that haven’t happened. For example, U.S. tornado counts have been running below average, or even at record lows, in recent years. Amazingly, the low tornado activity has been blamed on climate change. So, too, have actual tornado occurrences! What a grand and gloriously useful theory global warming provides us. Is it any wonder that the public tends to be skeptical of what the experts tell us, when those experts continually change the narrative as their forecasts turn out wrong?