More Messages: The Wrong Forecast

Not quite cynical enough about weather forecasting? Then here's an item that should make you feel even more jaded. As he watched the snow falling this morning, a sharp-eyed reader thought of this article in the December 6 Denver Post. Headlined "Arrival of El Ni�o May Mean Dry Winter for Colorado," the article, by reporter Kim McGuire, led with the following sentences: "If last week's snowstorm had you dreaming about baking in the sun on a south Florida beach, there may be no need to make travel plans. Forecasters are predicting a virtual no-show for snow and slightly warmer temperatures across much of Colorado for the next few months." These statements were bolstered by a quote from Klaus Wolter, identified as a University of Colorado and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientist. Referring to a storm in late November, he said, "It might be the last hurrah for quite some time."

According to my calculations, there's a roughly 100 percent chance that the esteemed Mr. Wolter was wrong. -- Michael Roberts

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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