Weather and Natural Disasters

Meteorologists apologize for huge blizzard miss


For most of New York and New Jersey, what was supposed to be the Blizzard of 2015 turned into the Bust of the Century instead.

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As the sun rose Monday, there were forecasts that New York City and northern New Jersey could conceivably see 24 to 36 inches of snow from a storm described as "crippling" and "historic."

By sunrise Tuesday, Central Park had only 6.3 inches of snow, with the National Weather Service acknowledging there might as little as 2 more inches on the way. Parts of New Jersey that had been in line for as much as 18 inches ended up with as little as 3 inches.

Gary Szatkowski, the meteorologist in charge of the National Weather Service's office in Mt. Holly, New Jersey, stunned people in the wee hours Tuesday with a heartfelt apology for the blown forecast.

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Szatkowski was not alone in apologizing either. A number of social media's most popular weather people acknowledged early Tuesday that things had not gone as expected.

It was not a total failure of forecasting, though - the Boston area was still on track as of Tuesday morning to get precisely the predicted pounding, perhaps in excess of 2 feet.

What blizzard? NYC reacts to botched forecast
What blizzard? NYC reacts to botched forecast