Meteorologists Apologize for Northeast Blizzard Predictions

Meteorologists often get it wrong. After all, they’re only human, and they base their predictions mostly on computer models. When it comes down to it, the weather is still unpredictable, even with the best technology. And like other fields involving predictions, the further off an event is that’s being forecast, the less likely it is to be true.

Already commentators (here and here for starters) were blaming the “blizzard of the century” on global warming. It was supposed to hit the Northeast with 30 inches of snow. Thousands of flights were canceled ahead of the “storm”; states of emergency were declared; schools were closed.

And then the blizzard hardly happened. They got somewhere between 8 and 12 inches, something that’s pretty normal up in New England.

As a result, meteorologists issued apologies for their gloom-and-doom predictions that didn’t come true, but had caused fear and panic such that much of the area had to be shut down.

They didn’t necessarily have to issue apologies, but it was nice of them to. It took some humility to apologize. They put their jobs and their reputations on the line, knowing that it might take some time to regain people’s trust.

Local weather is difficult to predict. How much more difficult to predict then is the global climate years and decades into the future? It’s practically impossible.

I mean, it must be, because of all the failed predictions we’ve seen from UN climate scientists and politicians on the left. The global climate was supposed to continue to heat up in correlation with rising carbon emissions. 2014 was supposed to be the “hottest year ever.” The ice caps were supposed to be gone by now. Kids were going to be growing up these days not knowing what snow was. Skiing was going to be a hobby of a bygone era. Polar bears would die off completely. Coastal cities would be submerged under the rising sea level. And it was all to be blamed on “anti-science” conservatives.

I don’t mean to state the obvious, but none of that has happened. Not even close. In fact, the evidence points to a cooling trend, or at least a 20-year pause in warming. The ice caps are far from melting. Quite the contrary. And polar bears aren’t dying off. By all estimates, their populations are growing. And last I checked, we still know what snow is.

So, when are all these climate scientists going to come forward with their apologies for their extremely failed predictions?

The predictions for the northeastern blizzard that didn’t really happen caused several inconveniences. But dire global warming predictions are causing far more than just inconveniences. Taxes, regulations, fees, higher energy costs, lost jobs, government control of the energy marketplace, the taking away of consumer choice, etc. All that has to do with failed global warming predictions.

We shouldn’t hold our breath for apologies from the climate science crowd. The lies and failed predictions are far too big for that to happen.