When I arrived at work this morning, I stopped for a moment before I got out of my car. I brought up the weather channel app on my phone just to double-check what I had seen before this morning: partly cloudy for some of the day and bright, bright sunshine for the rest of the day.
I wanted to leave my windows cracked. For much of the last week, the heat index here has been over 100 degrees. Most of those days I left the windows in my car rolled up as there was a chance of thunderstorms. Allegedly. Those storms never came here, though, and when I left work I was boiling for the first few minutes of my drive home.
So having confirmed that no rain was expected at all today, I cracked all four of my windows. Guess what? It rained.
I work in a server room. That means there are no windows (to the outside anyway) in that room. I had no idea it rained until I walked outside. Luckily I didn’t crack my windows too awful much, and it didn’t appear that any of the rain got inside my car. That, however, is beside the point. I trusted the weather channel’s report that there would be no rain today and they were wrong. Again. Lesson learned, though. I’ll never crack my windows at work again.
This whole ordeal got me thinking: why do people that screw up so often never get fired? Think about it. How often is the weatherman right?
I know meteorology isn’t an exact science, but c’mon. They have to at least be right more than never, right? Right? I mean, they said it was going to rain every day for a week and it never did. Doesn’t that guy have a boss somewhere saying, “Gee, Fred, your weather predictions suck?” If not then he should.
If I did my job incorrectly 75% of the time you can bet your ass I wouldn’t have a job any more. So why is it we tolerate this sort of failure on a regular basis from meteorologists?
Does anyone know where I can get reliable weather information?