What happened with the winter weather?

Letter to the editor

Posted: Tuesday, March 13, 2007

I recall reading an article in the Juneau Empire sometime last year in which the National Weather Service in Juneau predicted we would have a drier than normal winter during the 2006-07 season.

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After 200-plus inches of snow, I must ask, what happened? It appears weather forecasting in Juneau has gone the way of prognostication, completely omitting science.

I suspect a newly discovered meteorological phenomenon, which I'll refer to as El Toro, parked itself over Juneau. El Toro being the strongest of the three weather phenomena snorted and scared El Niño and La Niña to warmer Pacific waters near the equator.

With 100 inches of snow being about the norm for Juneau, I feel the National Weather Service had a responsibility to revise its "drier than normal" prognostication after the first 100 inches of the fluffy white stuff fell on Juneau so early in the season. The Empire also should have provided a follow-up on the printed article.

Let's hope the National Weather Service will request a line-item increase in its next fiscal year budget for new forecasting models. My berm-itis, caused by an excessive amount of snow shoveling, thanks you.

Dale Leighton


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