Things used to be much simpler when it came to weather reports. If it was going to snow you were told what day and approximately how much to expect, same with rain and extreme heat. We didn’t have a series of Warnings, Watches, Alerts and now Statements. There is a hierarchy when it comes to these things in terms of the seriousness of the threat. While I certainly understand issuing all information possible in cases of tornadoes and hurricanes and the like, it can sometimes be a bit over the top.
I’m sure many people don’t pay too much attention to these things, choosing to play it by ear. That is certainly not the case with my significantly better half who is hooked on all things meteorological (our TV is programmed to the Weather Network at start-up). In her home city of Caracas the weather conditions vary little; during most of the time it will be sunny, hot and in places humid and balmy (with the current troubles one is tempted to say bomby). During other periods of time it will be rainy, know appropriately as the wet season. Day-to-day, minute-to-minute updates are really not required. She enjoys living here, a place where, as the saying goes, there are days when you can experience all four seasons in one 24-hour period!
Today Environment Canada issued a “Weather Statement” for Montreal. It’s kind of vague missive about some possible precipitation that may or may not be snow or rain. The tone is almost jocular even referencing Mother Nature. The last little bit is more of a disclaimer than anything else “Computer model guidance still shows significant variability regarding the system’s track. As a result, the scenario may still change considerably”.
I appreciate the concern and keeping people up-to-date on weather-related issues is important, but maybe we should call it quits at Statements. When I first read that there was a weather statement it sounded as though someone had interviewed “the weather”. “When asked, the weather replied ‘Well I’ll be around today and may drop some snow, or could be some rain, I’ve not decided yet. Either way I’ll be gusting like mad most of the day’.”
By the way, it’s snowing like crazy as I look outside now. Wonder if they’ll issue another statement, maybe an “I told you so” sort of thing!