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Daryl Ritchison, Published January 10 2013

Weather Talk: Meteorologists aim to better communication on forecasts

The annual meeting of the American Meteorological Society took place this week in Austin, Texas. It is a week full of training sessions, open forums and discussions of all things weather.

I was unable to attend this year, but with friends in attendance and the use of social media, especially Twitter, those of us not in Austin were still able to virtually attend some of the many excellent presentations. One of the most attended sessions this week was an open forum on Hurricane Sandy. Besides detailed meteorological analysis of that storm, the forum was also focused on communications.

Although the forecast for the storm was excellent, many in the public seemed to be confused as to what was expected. Sometimes what meteorologists think is clear and concise information is not necessarily perceived that way. We can all do better, and our staff welcomes constructive criticism to improve. You are always welcome to write us at the email address below with any questions and concerns you may have with our work.


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