Predicting The Weather-The Not So Scary Monster Storm

February 2, 2011 Updated Feb 2, 2011 at 10:18 PM EDT

By WKBW News

February 2, 2011 Updated Feb 2, 2011 at 10:18 PM EDT

OK, I admit it. The snow amounts from the monster storm that hit our area didn't measure up to their predictions.

Our local weather people were forecasting at least 8 inches in the city of Buffalo and more than a foot in Niagara and Orleans counties. We lucked out. A dry pocket in the storm protected us, and the sleet moved farther north than expected. Both brought down snowfall amounts considerably. It turned out the second half of the storm was snowier than the first. So, what happened?

Well, despite all the new, high-tech weather equipment, mother nature is still very unpredictable. Does that mean we shouldn't warn people when a big storm is approaching? Of course not. It's part of our job.

Television was founded on the idea of providing a community service and that should never change. Lots of schools closed and plenty of workers stayed home, but that just made the weather conditions a little more bearable. I can't help but think how much more dangerous it would have been this morning if buses and extra cars were on the roads, even with the lesser snow amounts.

We were warned. We were ready. Nothing terrible happened. That's how it's suppose to be!