Storm forecasting continues to get better
It's been a week since we all started digging out from underneath the big end-of-the-year snowstorm, the first 12-inch-plus snowfall in Fargo-Moorhead in nine years.
The storm was not as easy to forecast as the one right after Thanksgiving. That Nov. 30 storm began showing up on our 10-day forecasts as a chance of snow on Nov. 21. This past storm, which started on Dec. 28, did not appear as a legitimate storm threat in our WDAY forecasts until Christmas Eve. Still, that gave people three days to plan or rearrange plans for what turned out to be a winter wallop.
The computer models we use to forecast weather days in advance have gotten so good that advanced warning of winter storms is almost never a problem. The problem, sometimes, is too much information from too many sources of varying quality. When it comes to weather information, it's best to stick to trusted sources and use them regularly to stay informed.