Weather Talk: The best storm advice is to ignore garbage on social media

Anyone with a will and a device connected to the internet can find numerical weather models. Likewise, anyone can read a weather model map of snowfall amounts. However, this is not weather forecasting because it lacks the perspective of experience. One of the downsides of having so much information available everywhere these days is that a lot of the information out there is unfiltered garbage.

Weather forecasting is not easy, especially storms. This is because commonplace small errors are magnified by the high-intensity air movements in and around storms. Any time a storm approaches, countless examples of snow forecast maps will appear on social media, creating unnecessary confusion about the approaching storm, as if the different forecasts from local broadcast meteorologists aren’t confusing enough. To lower confusion rates and any storm anxiety you might have, you should just ignore categorically any storm forecast from any source you do not know.