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There is NO conspiracy

Posted Tuesday, February 9, 2010, at 9:53 AM

Despite the rumors that might be going around, there is no conspiracy by meteorologists to hype winter storms in order to drum up business at grocery and hardware stores.

There is no conspiracy to exaggerate snowfall predictions in order to support the dairy-and-bakery industrial complex.

There is no conspiracy to ignore computer models predicting only 1-2 inches of snow and to issue scary Winter Storm Warnings in order to improve sales of salt, shovels, and other supplies.

There is no conspiracy by forecasters to receive kickbacks in exchange for hyping winter storms and boosting TV ratings and website hit counters.

There is no conspiracy to trick students into thinking they can blow off their homework believing that tomorrow will be a snow day.

There is no conspiracy.

That is all.

Final wrap-up of Winter Storm "Disco Stu"

Our snowfall totals were low, but "Disco Stu" dropped lots of snow elsewhere.

Central Arkansas, Western Tennessee, and extreme Northern Mississippi received 5-10 inch accumulations. Meanwhile, some areas to our north also received a quality 3-5 inch snowfall. We were stuck in the middle with only an inch or two. Yesterday's computer models suggested this might happen, projecting that a dry slot would pass through the area and put a damper on accumulations.

With snow on the ground in all directions, this week is going to be cold. We're not expected to rise above freezing until Friday (and then just barely). There is a very slight chance of light snow on Friday, but the storm is expected to pass well to the south.

Here's a forecast graphic you don't see very often:

The weather service is forecasting a 40% chance of at least 4 inches of snow for portions of northern Louisiana later in the week. Could some cities in Louisiana have a White Mardi Gras? Maybe.

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-- Posted by pickles on Tue, Feb 9, 2010, at 10:56 AM

Shakespeare once said, "Methinks he doth protest too much"!

-- Posted by goat lady on Tue, Feb 16, 2010, at 5:56 AM

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