Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Dave Murray: A Stand Up Guy

After having waded through water in the alley, sitting for hours at rain-delayed youth baseball tournament games, and watching cars navigate the shoulder lane on I-44 like motor boats, to say the weather forecasters blew it this weekend would be the understatement of the year.

Last week, the forecast was for a beautiful weekend. The Post Dispatch said it would perfect weather to go to the pool. Yet, by Monday afternoon, it was clear Mother Nature had different plans. Some parts of the region had 6 or more inches or rain over the weeked.

In a show of class, on the 5:00 pm newscast on Channel 2 Monday afternoon, weatherman Dave Murray gave a stand up, apology for his blown forecast. He did it with class, and cautioned, never trust a St. Louis warm front. Seeing a weather man owe up for a rotten weather prediction was a breath of fresh air.

It's interesting in these days of advanced radar, computer models, etc, that in St. Louis, weather predictions remain a tough call. Through it all, some stations are now making 7-day forecasts? They're kidding, right?

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