I quickly noticed on Tuesday how the local Philadelphia media outlets made 4 degrees vanish from the forecast highs for Tuesday. With a cloud layer at 12,000 feet and early morning rain I knew it would not make it to the forecasted high of 88 but they left their numbers as-is until around lunch when the numbers changed. How predictable…
But who else notices this? From the 11PM air-time to the next morning, the numbers change. Sure, weather is dynamic but those who accurately forecast temperatures should be cited and applauded.
Introducing…the first installment of "Weather Umpire." That's right - the weather umpire is watching. The goal is to track the local weather sites in an effort to grade them. How?
By recording the 11PM forecast highs/lows, documenting, and scoring. No more vanishing numbers with the weather umpire!
Here is how it works – for each degree off of the official high/low temperature to the 11PM forecast, one point is given. The station with the lowest score wins. Grading for 2 days out is given based upon the 11PM published forecasts.
This will be done for weather events such as snow storms (accumulations), rain totals, and heat waves. Who knows where this could lead. Grades will be published Friday with an update tomorrow. The winning station will be announced and crowned Weather Umpire’s pick of the week. Good luck to each of you!
Looking long range, this could be the hottest 2 days of the rest of June into July. Cool down coming.