All Things Maine
All Things Maine

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Yes, There is Weather North of Boston

Critics are pointing out flaws in the Northeast Snowfall Impact Scale I wrote about on Monday. The scale rates Northeast snowstorms on a one-to-five scale, taking into account the population affected.
The scale, developed by Kocin and Louis Uccellini, director of the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Prediction, suffers from two inherent flaws.

First, when it comes to winter bragging rights, sparsely populated states like Maine lose big-time: Three feet of snow in Aroostook County gets, at best, a measly "notable." But a mere foot or two over, say, New Jersey, stops the presses somewhere between "crippling" and "extreme."

Put more simply, the weather wimps to our south win every time.

The second problem is the new scale's usefulness (or lack thereof) in preparing people for a coming storm. NOAA and The Weather Channel will employ the NESIS only to tell us how bad a storm was once it's over, not to warn us as it approaches.

And these guys call themselves weathermen? [Link]


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