Here’s an email sent in this evening by an angry viewer…
Your Sunday forecast was for ‘mostly cloudy with downpours’ high near 80. It was a clear day with a high temp near 90! how can you be SO WRONG? wow. sad. You were a full ten degrees off.
The viewer is half right and half wrong about this one. Saturday night I said I expected “isolated downpours” and that “most of the day would be dry” and “most of the state won’t even see a downpour”. In fact I said all of the above so many times I thought that I sounded like a broken record.
Unfortunately, people hear what they want to hear so instead of isolated downpours my forecast became to this person “all day downpours”. You really can’t win in this business. Perception of the forecast trumps what you actually say.
That said, the viewer was correct about the temperature forecast and the amount of sunshine. Even with a lot of moisture our models overdid the cloudiness and moisture today. There was certainly more sun than expected and temperatures responded by warming an extra 5º or 10º. I have no problem admitting when I’m wrong and this part of the forecast was wrong.
I can’t get it right all the time but if people actually listened Saturday I would have been 50% wrong and not 100% wrong.