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Believe forecasts with grain of salt

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As the summer of 2012 begins to wind down, some weather forecasting firms are already predicting that this coming winter will be a cold and snowy one in the northeastern United States.

It is too early to make any prediction with such accuracy, and weather experts should tone down the hype — that is what they are famous for doing. It seems that weather forecasters like to sound unnecessary alarm bells before any potential major weather events.

While this may be OK to do if it is obvious that there will be a major weather occurrence that will affect millions of people, most of the time dire weather predictions do not ever materialize and all that unnecessary hype just causes people a lot of unnecessary stress and aggravation.

Until I see the snow coming down this winter, I will not give any credence to these advanced, hyped weather predictions about this upcoming winter. Weather forecasters cannot even get it right for a three-to-five-day forecast, so who will actually believe their long-range forecasts?

John Amato

Fresh Meadows

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