My daughter asked this question tonight.
You've seen it before; the weather-dude/dudette predicts rain or snow or sunshine or whatever, and what you get is the exact opposite. Or they make this prediction or that, and its either totally wrong, a day or two early, or a day or two late.
We're in the midst of a huge winter storm -- a blizzard -- and while the forecasters have been telling us for the last week or so that it was coming, the day it was going to hit changed from weather report to weather report, as did the prediction of when the rain would change to snow and the predicted snowfall amounts.
It was a bit comical here in Sioux Falls; it rained a good part of yesterday (really strange for a late-November storm) and continued through this morning. The prediction was for it to turn much colder early this morning, with the precipitation turning to freezing rain then snow, accompanied by high winds. All the city schools called off school right away this morning -- now a six-day Thanksgiving weekend for the grommets -- but it didn't start getting bad until after noon. Granted, it was probably a good thing that the schools didn't have to deal with getting kids home early when things started to get nasty, but everybody was wondering for half the day whether it was even going to happen. And it has happened before that school was called off based on a weather forecast that didn't come to fruition.
I'm watching the news now, and they are likening this storm to the hurricanes that hit the Gulf. The bozos. Sure, there are a lot of people without power right now and it may be a week or so before it's restored (freezing rain, trees and power lines are a bad mix), but let's keep it in perspective. Those houses are still standing, still habitable (or will be when power is restored), and will be left relatively unscathed when the storm blows over and the snow melts. How many houses in NOLA were left as scrap wood or soaked to the gills in floodwater? Can you tell I don't have very high regard for the local newsfolks?
So, have you ever heard of a weather reporter getting the axe because of a botched weather report, or series thereof?