TV meteorologists need to be held accountable for constant inaccuracies

TELEVISION WEATHER  forecasters have a great job, donít they? What other profession can you think of where one is paid ó often handsomely ó and it barely matters whether they get it right or, for that matter sometimes, even close?

Itís hard to even think of such a profession. But in the world of meteorology, especially on TV and radio, these guys and gals get it wrong so often that itís not even funny.

Take Labor Day weekend for example.

The forecasts made on TV and radio were laughable looking back. The prediction was that conditions would be miserable.

As we know, now, they werenít.

But the problem isnít that they often get it wrong ó itís that there is no accountability.

Imagine, for a moment, being a business owner, whether itís a restaurant, a store, whatever ó and the final unofficial weeekend of summer calls for a horrible forecast.

But then, the weather is actually fairly good.

How inherently unfair is it for business owners ó who often rely on good weather ó when something like this occurs?

We were told of countless businesses that suffered over the Labor Day weekend because people stayed away.

For some of these businesses, Labor Day weekend crowds determine whether they make or or break it for the season ó or even the entire year.

Still, they suffered nonetheless.

The forecast was garbage.

The results were, too.

And everyone loses.

We are fortunate that locally, weíve got the Harrison Weather Center, run for many years by Tony Mondaro.

Truth be told, we only trust his forecasts. He not only gets them right ó it seems heís the only one who seems to know how to get them right, time after time.

Meteorologists play a vital role in todayís world. They are often responsible for keeping us safe during epic rain or snowstorms.

But far too many times, they get it wrong. And thereís zero accountablitity. Thatís a huge shame.

Businesses suffer.

People suffer.

It just isnít right.

We highly recommend getting forecasts only from Mondaro.

He is the only person ó within many miles ó who truly gets it right. Almost always.

The Observer Staff