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Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Of all the places you’d expect to find skepticism on climate change, the television weather-guy/girl is probably the unlikeliest:

Such skepticism appears to be widespread among TV forecasters, about half of whom have a degree in meteorology. A study released on Monday by researchers at George Mason University and the University of Texas at Austin found that only about half of the 571 television weathercasters surveyed believed that global warming was occurring and fewer than a third believed that climate change was “caused mostly by human activities.”

More than a quarter of the weathercasters in the survey agreed with the statement “Global warming is a scam,” the researchers found.

Why would those most prominently on the climatic front-lines break ranks with the greater scientific community? It’s a short-term versus long-term perceptional gap:

Climate scientists use very different scientific methods from the meteorologists. Heidi Cullen, a climatologist who straddled the two worlds when she worked at the Weather Channel, noted that meteorologists used models that were intensely sensitive to small changes in the atmosphere but had little accuracy more than seven days out. Dr. Cullen said meteorologists are often dubious about the work of climate scientists, who use complex models to estimate the effects of climate trends decades in the future.

Given the average (in)accuracy of boob-tube forecasting, along with a vocational reputation for wacky-weather screentime, I’m inclined to side with the climatologists. Knowing about these proclivities amongst the weather-map-pointers only reinforces my overall aversion to local TV news, on grounds of general fluffiness.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 03/30/2010 11:34pm
Category: Science, TV, Weather
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  4. What do meteorologists have to do with climate? And why do there opinions matter?

    Especially TV meteorologists.

    Climate vs. weather:


    Comment by Mara Earth — 04/01/2021 @ 8:46 AM

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