Cuomo: Forecasters Got Last Week's Storm Wrong

Local Meteorologist Understands Cuomo's Concerns

Tom Puckett
March 20, 2017 - 4:45 am

Buffalo, NY (WBEN) After last week's storm that was forecast to hit the New York City area went more to the west than expected, Governor Cuomo took forecasters to task, but not as harshly than after Snowvember.

"The forecast turned out to be not correct at the end of the day," said Cuomo. "I won't say the forecast was wrong. I did that once and I was bombarded with letters from forecasters around the country saying how dare I say they were wrong." The brunt of the storm hit Binghamton and the Hudson Valley.

WBEN 7 First Alert Meteorologist Don Paul says this time around, he gets where Cuomo is coming from. "I can understand why the governor is upset since the forecast didn't work out that well for the biggest city in the United States. On the other hand, I do understand why the National Weather Service was hesitant to pull down the blizzard warning it issued a few hours earlier," says Paul. Paul says once an warning is issued for a city like that, a lot of things go into motion. "If you issue a blizzard warning in the biggest city in the afternoon and then pull it when they're about to go to bed, it can create a great amount of confusion."

With regard to complaints about more than anticipated snowfall amounts here, Paul says the forecast may not have been perfect, but it was "pretty darn good." "We indicated over an extended period of time, heavy accumulations would occur. I know when I've blown a forecast, that's a stomach turning feeling. My stomach is fine," says Paul.


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