Attention forecasters: Please cease and desist issuing national winter outlook maps – Washington Post

Are you tired of seeing the winter outlook maps already? If you are like most people, you are with winter not even here yet but of course, forecasters are different. Forecasters just simply love maps and almost feed off of them. Each map has a different result and way of looking at it so the population does not get a clear idea of what to expect.

Key Takeaways:

  • Forecasters love maps. They love drawing maps, and they love reading maps. Like moths to a flame, if there’s a map to be had, forecasters are all over it.
  • But this kind of map is totally, utterly useless and has no place in forecasting: the national winter outlook map.
  • Consider that two of the most widely distributed national winter outlook maps come from the Farmers’ Almanac and the Old Farmers’ Almanac, not exactly renowned for their credibility.

“Forecasters love maps. They love drawing maps, and they love reading maps.”