That’s because nobody went out Friday, even though the forecast bad weather never materialized. And this morning I watched in horror again as the very same weathermen and DJ’s who messed up last week repeated the same gloom and doom predictions for this weekend.
Friday, light rain, possibly turning to ice and creating dangerous driving conditions, you better stay in. Saturday more rain, possible ice, and maybe 1 to 3 inches of snow late Saturday evening – they aren’t even sure when.
Translation: even if little or nothing happens, Kansas City night life will decrease by 25% this weekend based on those grim, early forecasts.
Ten years ago the forecast would have sounded more like this: “We might get some light rain Friday and with falling temperatures, there could be some slick spots, so be careful going out. And Saturday, the possibility of light snow late in the evening – we’ll keep an eye on it. And in other news…”
In other words it would have been no big deal.
We’re all adults. We live in the Midwest. And during the winter it rains here and sometimes even snows. More than likely your vehicle was built to handle these conditions, unless it’s an actual, serious ice storm or blizzard – and those happen once a year maybe.
That said, local TV news and weather departments will call for almost 20 major snows and 10 ice storms and be wrong almost 90 percent of the time.
Don’t get me wrong, we’re going to see some snow and maybe even freezing rain here and there. However, I promise you it’s never going to be as bad as they say it’s going to be.
Just like the police will tell you that DUI Checkpoints are for our safety. That’s not true either. They’re both just a way to make money. Police make money with tickets, fines, etc. at DUI checkpoints. And the news stations make money from the higher ratings doom and gloom weather reporting brings in.
Look we’ve had a mild winter thus far with almost no precipitation. We’ve had one light snow in the middle of the night that almost no one saw. But the way the TV weathercasters have been keeping everybody indoors, you’d think it’s been bitterly cold, up until this week.
I kept track this every November and December, and the weathermen have called for 8 snow storms and 2 ice storms thus far, even though none of them has turned up.
That’s like going 0 for 10.
Again, it’s all about ratings and making money and nothing else.
Footnote: I was on the Plaza at noon today and maybe it was the scary weather reports or maybe it was the economy, but six days before Christmas and the Plaza was pretty damn dead. Sad.