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What's up with TV weather forcasters?

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As I sit and watch the Utah television news stations each night I have found myself starting to match wits with the weathermen on television. I often wonder how I can believe what they say will happen in their forecasts when they can't even get what happened yesterday or today in the Carbon County area right.

Regardless of whether you listen to any of the four stations, they seem to be out of touch with reality. That is of course unless you live in the reality of the Wastach Front or St. George.

How many days have you heard that the high temperature in Price in the winter was like 17 degrees, but at 6 p.m. at night (after the sun has set) as they are telling you this you can go check four thermometers (like I have around my house) and they all say 24 degrees?

How many times have you seen from one of these guys (and gals) that we got "no precipitation" and you look out your window and there is four inches of newly fallen snow on the ground?

And what about that forecast? Are they ever right? I realize that weather is an inexact science and very local. But then let's not (they being the let's) talk one day like we personally know every snow flake that is going to fall in the eastern Utah area and then the next day act like they didn't ever say it.

They also have a tendency to think everyone is experiencing just what they are. The inversions in Salt Lake can be terrible; I know, I lived through them every winter until I moved here 19 years ago. But let's not act like the entire state has a cap over it; not only Alta and Snowbird have great sunlight on cold days. We too are clear and bright despite the fact that we have the power plants that produce most of the Wasatch Front's electricity.

I guess my final gripe is that a weather forcaster should never be a proponent for one kind of weather or another. Not every day of the year is it going to be 72 degrees (which they seem to think is the ideal temperature) and clear skies without a cloud in them. I like those days too, but I also like those dark thundershower days of a hot August and the cold clear days of winter sunshine when it doesn't get above freezing but the sun has a special glow to it.

I guess I just hate people complaining about the weather. If you want the 72 degree temperatures all the time move to Hawaii. If you hate hot weather (100 plus) or cold weather (32 degrees or minus) then move someplace where the weather is boring. We all suffer in various kinds of weather, but what is miserable for one person is great for another. I personally love the winter, especially when we have lots of snow. But then I have sports that I love to participate in during the winter. But I also don't hate summer on the other end. Some days may seem too hot, but we make up for that on those cold frosty nights in January.

To the weather forecasters on television I want to say this.

I want to hear what you think will happen and get an accurate assessment of what happened today and yesterday.

I don't want to be told how wonderful it is in St. George (I lived there once and I didn't think it was very wonderful) nor how everyone is suffering in eastern Utah (generalizing that eastern Utah is only Vernal and Roosevelt with their constant winter temperatures often below zero).

I also don't want your opinion on what constitutes a beautiful day because like any beauty, what is beautiful is only in the eye of the beholder.

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