Weathertainment!

Vancity Buzz has created quite the buzz indeed. This article has been shared over 22,000 times and now hundreds of thousands of people are expecting a 'Severe Snowstorm" this Family Day long weekend. Boy, are a lot of people going to be disappointed or relieved

Vancity Buzz has created quite the buzz indeed. This article has been shared over 22,000 times and now hundreds of thousands of people are expecting a 'Severe Snowstorm" this Family Day long weekend. Boy, are a lot of people going to be disappointed or relieved

This article headline to the right sums up everything wrong with media organizations using weather as weathertainment with the primary goal of racking up shares and likes.

This can be especially dangerous for a weather forecasting agency that's responsible for public safety, as articles and hyperboles can ruin a forecaster's credibility when life-threatening weather occurs. 

There's no such thing as a "Severe Weather Alert." Only Special Weather Statements, Watches, and Warnings. Environment Canada issued a Special Weather Statement about the upcoming potential for snow this Monday.

If you'd like to read more about this issue, I posted my musings on why meteorologists get such a bad reputation a few weeks ago.

Lot's of uncertainty in the forecast...

Tomorrow night I'll give a first crack at predicting what kind of precipitation will fall from the sky Monday and Tuesday, but it's looking highly variable as of now. Flip a coin. 

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