The Weather Service blew this one

Before Friday, the forecast for North Carolina called for little more than an inch of snow for central counties, more for higher elevations. 

But by Saturday, Burnsville had reported 14½ inches (35 cm) of snow, the Hendersonville area had 12 inches (30 cm) and snowfall in Asheville measured 8 inches (20 cm).

In fact, preliminary reports showed more snow than expected across the South; up to 10 inches (25 cm) in northwest Georgia and 7 inches in parts of metro Atlanta, 10 inches (25 cm) in Anniston, Alabama, and up to 7 inches (18 cm) in Mississippi. Rare flurries even fell in New Orleans.

Thanks to Jimmy Walter for this link

8 thoughts on “The Weather Service blew this one

  1. Whew, that is rough. .. along with the rest of the places they got snow in the South.

    For those of you who don’t live here… the reason any amount of snow is difficult if you live in the Southern USA is that many places do not have any plows… because it rarely snows. They “wait until it melts” instead.

  2. I guess if your models are set to warm they are not going to give you accurate snow forecasts since snow is supposed to be a thing of the past.

  3. This is the reality of computer models failing to accurately predict weather, even mere hours before the event.

    When predicting the future climate 50-100 years from now, what certainty can be assured given that weather (not climate) predictions can and do fail so miserably in the short-term? If AGW is the bogeyman it’s asserted to be, there needs to be vector verification—in other words, both direction AND magnitude—to be accurate. As AGW predicts every future possibility equally, it violates Popper’s Law of Falsifiability, and fails the scientific method.

    I’ll be content to advocate for thorium MSR’s rather than solar panels and windmills if we need to err on the side of caution, however.

  4. 10 inches in Villa Rica, GA (about 30 miles west of Atlanta) on I-20. Heavy snow in trees cause Pines (particularly) to fall creating power outages. I was without power for about 12 hours.

    For December snow and arctic cold, with this system was somewhat similar, and near to the day, of the snow-buster of Dec 4-9, 1886. Also occuring at the end of SC12 and within the period of the last Gleissburg minima of 1877-1913 (Yousef, 2000). Interestingly, the next minimuma was expected from 1997-2032 and falls within a number of studies related to a prolonged solar minimum to about 2040 (or so). Stong indications for a Devries-Suess type minima.

  5. That’s how ice ages begin! Many areas only expected up to an inch across the deep south – but it ended up 5 to 10 times as much in some areas.

  6. I live in the Charlotte metro area, and I think I got 6 inches total of the white stuff in 2 days. It was only supposed to snow for 1 hr Saturday, but it snowed 6! 6 straight hours of snow flurries. It didn’t stick, surprisingly, for it snowing that long, but yes. 6 hrs nonstop…

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