Posted at 2:26 PM on December 19, 2007
by Craig Edwards
Unintentional delivery of misinformation is a clever alibi for an ever changing weather forecast. Every now and then a meteorologist has to stick his or her neck out for a long range forecast on a busy travel period. We rely on multiple computer models to formulate our best guest, knowing that activity in the laboratory is always a work in progress.
Earlier this week our best computer models were strongly hinting at a troublesome weather event from Minnesota to Michigan on Saturday. Today, the fog is starting to lift from the crystal ball. It now appears that Mother Nature has decided to perform the splits. The heaviest precipitation may move well south of the Great Lakes.
While some snow is still possible Friday night into Saturday it does not look to present much of a calamity. But there is still time for shifts in the weather pattern, so don’t stray too far from a source of weather information.
As chief meteorologist Paul Huttner noted in the previous blog there are some inconsistencies in how the evolution of weather parameters will shake out on the weekend. Don’t cancel any travel plans, but remain flexible.