Hearne: Lezak Makes Amends for Blown Chiefs Forecast

It happens to the best…

It’s not often KSHB TV weather wonk Gary Lezak blows a big one. But for the 70,000-plus, soaking wet fans at Arrowhead Monday night for the Chiefs game, that was a big one.

Lezak, a hard core Chiefs fan, told the faithful they would remain dry until after 12:30 or 1:00 a.m. when rain was expected to fall.

Instead, the skies emptied in the first quarter.

“I was at the game,” Lezak says. “It was cold; it was wet, it was raining – it was ridiculous because I got so soaked. But the Chiefs won and that’s all that matters to me.”

As for the G Man’s questionable weather call, “I didn’t guarantee anything,” Lezak says. “The only mistake I made was the rain came in 21/2 hours early.”

The bottom line:

“Did I make a mistake? Yes,” Lezak says. “But on any other night if the rain comes in 21/2 hours early, do you think anybody’s going to notice? If you say it’s going to snow around noon and it comes in at 2 p.m. nobody’s going to notice or care. But if it happens in the middle of a Chiefs game, it’s the worst case scenario for a meteorologist.”

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16 Responses to Hearne: Lezak Makes Amends for Blown Chiefs Forecast

  1. Anonymous says:

    Gulliver Foyle, Jr.
    First, no big deal.
    Secondly, I have no horse in this race, caring little about details separating local weathercasters.
    But Katie Horner, she of the “we all are doomed” school of ‘casters, was virtually exactly right, this time.
    We all make fun of Katie, while Lezak is lionized, and clearly the favorite here,but I suspect a serious study would show all of these people to be pretty close about the same amount of forecasts. And wrong about the same percentage as each other.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Spell Check
    “It happens to the best

  3. Anonymous says:

    Duke
    What a crock of bs from Lezak. Two and a half hours doesn’t matter? Really?! Tell that to a bride who just had her wedding ruined by a blown forecast. A concrete finisher who is watching his 6 hours of work and cost of material go down the drain. I’m glad he got soaked. He’s all wet anyway. Why not just say, ” I blew it bad.” Why?Because of pride. And I’m not talking gay pride.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Cliffy
    I’ll admit it. I tune in to Katie for the “real” forecast.

  5. Anonymous says:

    bubba
    Here’s a thought, Prozac. How bout next time you don’t try to be such a hot shot by being so specific with your forecast? Then your BS explanation for being ‘wrong’ would hold more water.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Kerouac OnTheRoad
    Weathering a storm Monday night Kansas City or basking winner’s glow a pristine San Diego sky, history repeats itself sooner or (twoscore and three years even) later.

    Twas October 1967 and the defending AFL Champion Chiefs were preparing for their annual trip to a normally warm and sunny San Diego for an game vs the Chargers, 3rd place finishers the year afore.

    Thence KMBC channel 9 television weatherman Fred Broski (when not ‘Dialing For Dollars’) noted it was going to be a bit cooler than usual; for the uninitiated this meant 68

  7. Anonymous says:

    chuck
    Duke, cut poor Gary some slack, jeeze, he doesn’t create the weather, just trys to predict it.

    Ya oughta be on Katie’s case—jezze, a weather terrorist. She WILL CUT IN, she doesn’t feel pain, she doesn’t feel remorse…. well you get it.

    Were Katie Horner on the air Nov 24 1963, she cuts into the live assassination of Lee Harvey Oswald to tell ya about thunder storms in Miami County.

    Worse still–no Beatles.

    ED SULLIVAN: “Ladies and Gentelmen, THE BEATL…… ”

    KATIE HORNER: “High everybody, Katie Horner here with TV 5’s Action Weather, we have reports of winds up to 20 miles per hour just south of here in Springfield. Stay tuned to TV 5 Weather updates for more information.” *perky smile*

    ED SULLIVAN: “Thanks boys!! And now, TOPO GIGIO!”

    The whole city would probably still be listening to Bobby fuckin Vinton.

  8. Anonymous says:

    duh
    @ Chuck. Funny. I was going to say the same thing. It is a weather prediction. Science and radar help them forecast what is going to happen, but weather does what the fuck it wants. So people got wet. Didn’t see anyone at the stadium crying about it. Duke – really ignorant comments. Shit like that happens all the time.

  9. Anonymous says:

    JoHawk
    Lezak Makes Amends for Blown Chiefs

    Funny headline.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Duke
    Ah, duh, “shit like that happens all the time.” It does? Well if you were ever the victim of a major pre-planned event and got bad weather info that wrecked the whole thing, and didn’t fire your source, than look who’s the ignorant one.

  11. Anonymous says:

    c
    Really? The wedding? Major preplanned event? How is anyone supposed to predict the weather that far ahead of time? I seriously doubt that happens very often. And, if the wedding or event IS outside, and it might rain 2 hours from now…I’ll be keeping an eye on the radar and ummm, let’s see…the SKY!! If you can’t see the sun and you’re not blind…it’s CLOUDY out…and what do clouds bring many times? Rain!! And if you look up and your face gets wet…look to see if geese are flying overhead. If not? It’s raining! Sheeeeesh!

  12. Anonymous says:

    Jawhawk fan
    Gary does a better job than anyone else. We live in the Midwest fools. The weather is more unpredictable. My beef is why does the Chiefs have such ugly cheerleaders?

  13. Anonymous says:

    Duh
    ‘Fire your source’? WTF?! I’m supposed to fire Gary Leezak if I get wet at a wedding? I don’t get it.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Steve
    With all the upgrading the station has been doing lately Gary should have IT check to see if there is a glitch or bug in the weather modeling software.

  15. Anonymous says:

    CMac
    lezak is a douche, plain and simple. he gets this shit wrong on a regular basis. here’s an easy way for anyone to be right at least 70% of the time – tomorrow is going to be a lot like today.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Markus Aurelius
    Lezak is far and away the best meteorologist in Kansas City. He and his staff have given us the most accurate forecasts in KC for 7 years running. Unlike some other TV stations, he also understands the balance regarding when to break in to regular programming with weather updates. Katie Horner is the worst at this — fortunately, her station doesn’t offer much in the way of good programming so her untimely updates are of little consequence. Anyone that actually pays attention to meteorology in KC knows that Gary is the best we have locally. Let’s just say there are weathermen/weatherwomen in this town, and then there are meteorologists in this town….Gary is the latter and it’s to his credit.

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