Just after midnight on Tuesday morning, Gary Szatkowski, the meteorologist in charge of the National Weather Service’s office in Mt. Holly, New Jersey, took to Twitter for some good old fashioned self-flagellation.
“My deepest apologies to many key decision makers and so many members of the general public,” he wrote to his 14,000 followers. “You made a lot of tough decisions expecting us to get it right, and we didn’t. Once again, I’m sorry,” he added two minutes later.
Szatkowski, of course, was apologizing for his agency’s forecast for a blizzard of historic proportions that — at least in his part of the world and as far north and east as New York City — fell far short of expectations, leaving inches of snow where people were expecting feet.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio took a decidedly different approach to the miscalculation. “Would you rather be prepared or…
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