Apocalypse now? No, just another dumb forecast.

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What John Bolaris reads instead of tea leaves

“What we got here is a failure to communicate,” I told Swamp Rabbit, quoting from an old movie but referring to Philly-based John Bolaris, one of the many talking heads paid by the media machine to make weather forecasts.

Bolaris was on the radio, explaining why the “monster storm” predicted for us barely touched PA and NJ before rolling over New England, where storms in the East usually land. It seems he and his fellow weather swamis on TV had to choose from a number of possible computer-generated storm “models,” meaning scenarios. He and they chose wrong, but better to be safe than sorry, blah blah.

“What a bozo,” I said. “People in the real world get fired for being that wrong.”

The rabbit said I was the one who was wrong, that the local weather guy did great. “His job ain’t to inform people, Odd Man. It’s to scare ’em, like them horror movies do. People like being scared. The more scared they is, the more they watch the TV news show. Ain’t you learned that yet?”

“What a blowhard,” I said. “I spent the whole night worrying that the roof of this shack might cave in from the snow that never came.”

“Well there you go,” the rabbit replied. “The man done his job, didn’t he?”

Footnote: Too bad the mainstream media would rather hype winter snowstorms — they’re so unusual! — than inform people about long-term climate change.

2 thoughts on “Apocalypse now? No, just another dumb forecast.

  1. Swamp Rabbit is a lot smarter than all the Republicans who’re running for president put together.
    Maybe he should change his party registration and run for high office.
    I’d vote for him for sure.

  2. The mainstream media hypes everything.
    They claim they must in order to feed the 24 hour news cycle. That’s a load of crap.
    An Indonesian airliner crashes and CNN spends the next month talking about nothing else.
    Some poor slop gets himself captured and beheaded by the creatures of ISIS and the FOX War Network wants to start WW three.
    A couple of footballs get deflated and MSNBC makes a federal case out of it.
    This time it was the weathermen and women who saw their chance at 36 hours of fame and glory and fell into a honey pot.
    The whole of the MSM is inhabited by over paid mental midgets from producers to talking heads.

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