Do We Rely Too Much on Reports about Weather?
Weather forecasts can sound like the end of the world when big storms are predicted, leaving us scratching our heads when nothing happens. How seriously should we taken them?
You try to do the right thing by dressing for the weather and avoiding meteorological situations that could put you in danger, but the question is do we put too much stock in weather reports?
Case in point: The big ice storm that was to blow in Sunday, making the roads impassable and potentially bringing down tree limbs and power lines.
That's scary stuff. Many people took the forecast to heart and canceled plans.
Come Sunday morning, however, the warning had been downgraded to a freezing ice alert. And even that didn't come to pass ... at least not in this area.
So, the question is, do we put too much stock in weather reports? Should we taken them as advisories and then use common sense based on what we see? Or is that foolhardy given that we don't have the radar or technology to see what's coming.
Take our poll below and tell us what you think. Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment box.
Last week, we asked readers what they thought of the hoax involving University of Notre Dame football play Manti Te'o and his girlfriend, whose non-existence was not revealed until after ND faced off in a championship game against the Alabama Crimson.
Poll results showed 85 percent of those who voted thought Notre Dame was wrong not to announce the hoax before the game. However, 66 percent thought that Te'o was not involved in the fictitious story.