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Snow job

Gazette staff January 2nd, 2013

If you paid any attention to TV meteorologists on Christmas Eve, you might have rushed out to purchase bottled water, shovels and other items necessary to handle the predicted snowpocalypse. Heck, you might’ve even tried gnawing off a foot, just to stave off inevitable postblizzard starvation.

Credit: Brad Gregg

And so it was on Christmas Day that children and adults alike woke up and rushed to the window for a glimpse of that winter wonderland … only to find things exactly as they’d left them the night before.

While parts of Oklahoma did receive significant snowfall that day, the flakes that eventually fell in the metro were far from the 3 to 8 inches (get your mind out of the gutter) predicted by some meteorologists.

As furious posts on Twitter and Facebook soon showed, it doesn’t take much to turn a bunch of snow-yearning Okies into bitchy Grinches.

Someone was to blame. Santa? Nope.

God? No way. By gum, it was the weathermen!

All the rancor even prompted KOCO Channel 5 Chief Meteorologist Damon Lane to post a defense on the station’s website. Saying the forecast wasn’t a total bust, he argued that, hey, predicting Oklahoma weather is difficult and he, too, had wanted more snow.

“I thought it had the potential to be more,” he wrote, “but I also knew it could be less.”

Perhaps. As noted on the website The Lost Ogle, Lane tweeted Dec. 24 that a North American Mesoscale model showed the metro would receive around 5 inches of snow — with no mention that the totals could be considerably less.

Lane wasn’t the only meteorologist whose forecast was off, of course. And, granted, predicting Oklahoma weather is tough business. But Chicken-Fried News humbly suggests that the weather folks tread lightly when it comes to promises of a white Christmas.

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