We all, no matter where you live, tend to bitch and moan about the weather and the weather people…..it seems it gets louder the older we get…..and then there is the Weather Channel that most retired Americans live and breath by……
Then I read a story about Hungary….and thought it is a good answer to those that are habitually wrong day after day…..
The two top officials of Hungary’s meteorological service were fired Monday after an inaccurate rain forecast prompted the postponement of a fireworks display on the country’s most important national holiday, per the AP. The annual St. Stephen’s Day fireworks show along the Danube River in Budapest—billed as the largest display in Europe—was called off Saturday afternoon based on forecasts that said extreme weather was likely around the 9pm start time. By evening, the storms had not materialized in the capital, but the show, which typically draws more than a million spectators, already had been rescheduled for the next week due to safety concerns.
The firings were announced in a brief statement by Minister of Technology and Industry Laszlo Palkovics, a top cabinet member in the government of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban. The fired weather service chief, Kornelia Radics, had served in her post since 2013 and her deputy, Gyula Horvath, since 2016. While the minister did not provide a reason for the dismissals, the meteorological service had received harsh criticism in Hungary’s government-aligned media, which charged that the service’s “gravely wrong” forecast had caused a needless postponement of the fireworks display.
Critics of Orban’s government, which has been accused of corruption, nepotism, and anti-democratic tendencies, charged that the firings were politically motivated and reminiscent of Hungary’s communist past. In a Tuesday statement, the meteorological service demanded the reinstatement of its fired leaders. The agency described coming under “political pressure” concerning its assessments of weather models on the holiday and that those applying the pressure “ignored the scientifically accepted uncertainty inherent in meteorological forecasts.”
Think about it.
If that happened here there would be no one on TV to ‘predict’ our weather….and then what we have to bitch about?
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4 thoughts on “Closing Thought–24Aug22”
Weather reports on broadcast media were a lot more accurate back in the days when the meterologist would step away from the microphone at the radio station, stick his bare arm out an open window, look at the clouds and feel the movement of the air and then return to the microphone and give a really accurate, “Temperature in the mid Seventies, clear skies with a few small clouds, sunny, mild conditions, chances of rain today seem to be negligible …forecast and everyone was happy. Since all the radar and technology, the weather reporting has gone to the dogs.
All that is so true…..just like everything the electronics have not done us any favors. chuq
There have ben times when I have shouted at the screen and said the weatherman/girl should be fired. Perhaps if there was more of that, they might try harder to give us accurate forecasts.
Best wishes, Pete.
I think we all have had that tantrum….LOL chuq