I now reside in Delaware, where our offices for ASAP Warranty are located, but I’m a New Yorker at heart. Growing up and spending the vast majority of my life in Brooklyn, and most of my family still out there, I was closely following the ‘huge’ storm that was approaching this week. It was being broadcasted that New York would receive up to three feet of snow. It was so bad that a travel ban was set after 9:00 pm Monday night across many cities on the East Coast. NBA games were canceled, heck even WWE’s Monday Night Raw was canceled in Connecticut, for the first time in over 1,100 episodes.
When it was all said and done, yes, Boston received plenty of snow, but New York City received six inches tops. There are now estimates that this error by tons of meteorologists costs the North East over one billion dollars!! Think about that, the fact that everyone buckled down for this ‘storm of the century’, and all cars and public transportation were closed down, Manhattan was at a standstill. While that had to be quite eerie, to completely shut down the commerce of the biggest city in the United States is a big deal. How these weather people miscalculated so badly is beyond me. Of course the sophisticated models for predicting weather improve constantly with technology, but to be that far off on the forecast is hard to believe!
Its unfortunate that the weather men missed this one, because it makes you wonder if when the next “storm of the century” is forecasted for Manhattan if Mayor de Blasio and other authority figures won’t be as aggressive with transportation bans, thus putting lives in jeopardy. I sure hope all of the meteorologists learn from their mistakes this time around, so that next time this happens people can be prepared properly, and not have what ended up being a false alarm and shutting down the greatest city in the world when it wasn’t necessary.