I don’t know if any of you guys saw or heard on the news today but a massive EF5 tornado hit my home town of Moore,Oklahoma today. I took shelter at the medical center that took a direct hit. My little brothers school Plaza Towers elementary was destroyed and many children are dead and still trapped. I even heard news that the little girl who lives across the street was killed today. Thankfully my brother was picked up by my dad minutes before the tornado hit. Right now I’m just really lucky to be alive when 91 people are dead. I just thought I would share it with you and ask you to keep Moore in your prayers or in your heart.
AccuWeather is promoting its superior forecast to demonstrate the edge its services provide but some feel it is unfairly throwing the Weather Service under the bus.
AccuWeather’s Smith points out he wrote a whole book praising the NWS (Warnings: The True Story of How Science Tamed the Weather), but that it is not above criticism. “I am the biggest fan of NWS around when they do their job well, but they should be expected to be held accountable when there are issues,” he said.
But placing too much emphasis on the performance of a single forecast can be misleading, according to David Titley, director of the Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk at Penn State University.
“As someone who has done nearly 40 years of operational forecasting, it’s a little like the NFL: on any given day, there’s always one forecast that is best,” Titley said. “A much better way to assess forecast skill is to have impartial, 3rd party verification and transparency over time. The facts will then speak for themselves.”
Smith counters that, as a business, AccuWeather must point to examples in which its services provide added value.
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“An enormous tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs, killing at least 51 people, including 20 children Monday. The twister pulverized entire city blocks, left behind miles of mangled cars and splintered wood, and destroyed an elementary school…
Whenever there is a tragedy–untold devastation and the loss of human lives, resulting in unspeakable pain and grief–God and his goodness are put on trial. We hear things like, “Where was God?” “If he is indeed good, why couldn’t he have done something…