Comment by John Spitaletta — December 31, 2009 @ 6:34 pm
When do you actually have a forecast for the current day, each day. I dont get it? I know its future cast info, but why not have a daily info..
Comment by Jimmy Galbraith — February 6, 2010 @ 11:05 am
Don’t beat yourself over the head just because these storms have a mind of their own. You were more accurate than NOAA and the media. I will take your mea culpa anyday over bumbling idiot TV Meteorologists that have no clue what bombing out or 850H/925H or UVV mean.
I was wondering if you are thinking of expanding your business sometime in the future now that you are a celebrity if you could use some extra help. I have an extensive background and experience as a Professional Pilot (both Airline and Business Aviation) and I have to know my meteorology sh*t very well to fly. I’ve been in the saddle for over 25 years now.
Business and Commercial Aviation could sure use a firm and a “renegade” Meteorologist like you.
Also, you have been a discussion of interest at http://www.roanoke.com in the weather blog that Kevin Myatt runs. He’s been doing quite well with his prognostications. He claims to be purely an amateur.
I say keep rockin…I don’t watch WTVR’s local news anyway. Being banned on their blogs is a badge of honor my friend.
You pretty much nailed this latest storm. Way to go! I’ve been following you since your prediction in December 3 or 4 days out ahead of any of the mainstream weather services. It’s been a lot of fun knowing so far in advance of these things storms. Keep up the good work.
Just fyi, it’s hard to measure but we’ve gotten 5″-6″ today alone in the northwestern edge of the city of Richmond. Again, you called it before the other guys.
Comment by Sherry in Midlothian — February 7, 2010 @ 10:06 am
You got another one dead on, way to go! I have been following you since the first December storm and have been telling everyone I know about you & your predictions. I check your website several times a day, it is very interesting. Here in the Village of Midlothian we have around 5 inches from this past storm. I will be watching closely to this next potential storm for President’s Day.
I just found out about your site! You nailed the last storm for Hanover County we recieved right at 8 inches in my area. I am glad i can look at your site instead of the local tv channels that dont have a clue on whats going on. Keep up the good work. I dont think your forecast was that off.
BRING ON THE SNOW….
The written forecasts continue to be of the highest quality (not to mention accuracy) but where are the old maps? The ones that accompanies the last storm were just kind of faint hazy lines and the map labels (towns, etc.) for the most part were unreadable. The old maps you could pick out the individual counties; not so with the newer ones. Keep up the great work but please go back to readable maps.
Very interesting observations! I admit I do not understand many of your observations and explanations on the website. I just know after listening to WRVA and doing further poking around on your website I am truly impressed. And reading your comments here I find you admit your mistakes, as rare as the mistakes are! As for the last storm forecasted for Richmond, you felt we were misled. I know but so much about the weather and forecasting- I would rather be told we may get a lot of snow rather than be told we won’t get any.
My only “gripe”,or concern about your site is the “current maps” which headline the webpage. I don’t get all of it,but I do see the year 2009 on them. Any reason for this or just lack of resources/time? Not really critical, just want to know….
As a Richmond resident, experiencing TS-Gaston was quite the experience. If I remember correctly no one ever called that storm to be of significance to Virginia; especially Richmond. I still think of the five feet of water in our basement from the city sewer backup almost every time I go downstairs.
Has there ever been any analysis of the storm, and why it did what it did when it came up the James. Additionally, did any forecasters anticipate anything like what happened?
I’ve been following you every day since hearing you on WRVA back in December. You’re the wing walker of meteorologists, not satisfied to stay safe in the cockpit! You keep me on the edge of my seat with these storm forecasts! I really do appreciate your work and grateful to live in a country that allows people like you to do their thing…otherwise, we might only get our (wrong) weather news from the State Weather Machine.
The truth is Dave, I hate snow and I’m hoping you’re wrong. Maybe the early GFS models tracking that storm through Georgia will be correct.
All I can say is if you’re right again…YOU SUCK!
Thank you for making weather not only interesting, but easier to understand. The TV folks don’t have the accuracy you do and with all the “equipment” and “computer models” they talk about, why wouldn’t they? I’d like to work for them….imagine having a job like that where you can be WRONG 50% of the time and still keep your job? I’ve referred so many people to your site and they too are very impressed. Is it time for a “Fan Club”? Sign me up, I’ll be the “prez”! Thanks for your amazing abilities, your honesty in being able to admit a mistake (like that’s going to happen on live TV) and keeping us so accurately informed so we can all be prepared and take the precautions we should. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!! Donna, Mechanicsville, VA
first thank for the feedback. Second when I wrote most of this it was 230 am and I was fucntioning of 5 hours of sleep
I will do better. I promise. I am taking steps to fix this but right now… aint the time
OK, first, I think you do a good job. But the one glaring problem is that you call this a “professional” website, yet there are so many grammar, spelling, typo, and just pure laziness to proofread issues that it makes your discussions difficult to read because I have to stop and translate every other sentence from the jibberish that is typed. See my example below. Every error is [pointed out in brackets].
“Let’s deal with the Thursday event first. This is what I said on WRVA — click HERE to listen to the entire audio…. it is the 2nd LINK down from the top– that the data was coming in colder and this would likely be mainly a snow event although it would end sleet for much of southern VA. I also forecasted that the best snows for this event on Thursday would be over southwest [capitalization] and South Central Virginia… with locations such as Roanoke Lynchburg Danville [grammar-no comma] and farmville [capitalization] seeing a pretty good chance of 4″ or 5″.
Not surprisingly some of the TV stations are once again behind the curve. Through noon today the SOME of them ["the SOME of them"? what?] were talking about a brief peripd [spelling] of LIGHT snow the mainy [spelling] sleet and then some freezing rain . Another talked about snow showers. That is a pretty awful forecast and it seems to be the based purely on [incorrect word order/sentence structure] the models data and not on was actually [again, word order] happening with the model trend . As the cold air is now in place… each run of the short range weather models are seeing the cold air with more clarity so they are able to adjust to their temperatures.[run on sentence] For example here is the 4PM /18Z NAM which shows the total snowfall thru the event … and it is clearly the snowier over a larger area than what the earlier runs of the NAM was showing. (CLICK ON IMAGE TO SEE FULL SIZE)
Now here is the 18z run of the new GFS again this shows the total precipitation or snow for the Thursday event and as you can see the 18z GFS is also somewhat wetter showing a band of 2 inch snows cutting across much of Central Virginia especially through the Richmond metro area.[major run on sentence. periods and commas are your friends]
There is some possibility that over the next 24 hours we may see a little more of an increase in terms of the amount of precipitation with this over running event.[incoherent] If this happens …IF… it would main [spelling] that the Richmond metro area would have a shot at seeing at least 4 inches of snow as opposed to 1 to th 3″ or 2-4″.[spelling, typos, inconsistent punctuation]
There is also a good possibility that the snow will change to sleet at some point as the weather models do show a bubble of warm air getting into the atmosphere over much of Southern Virginia. The changeover would occur first over sw VA and the southern Piedmont but only after several hours of snow .[numerous spelling and capitalization errors] And temperatures would stay below freezing for the entire deep that in all areas of Virginia except make the southeast /Hampton roads.”
Microsoft Word is your friend. It does all the error checking for you. The above errors would be understandable on some amateur’s Facebook page post. But this is unnacceptable on a so called “professional” website.
Please get your ignorance off of this PROFESSIONAL website. Do you have nothing better to do than sit on your a** and complain over a few grammatical errors? Do you know that Dave must write these reports with very little time? This is not English class.
Keep up the good work Dave!
Comment by Brenda B. — December 21, 2010 @ 11:59 am
I refer to your website on an almost daily basis because I think you are generally spot on with your forecasts; however, those forecasts are sometimes difficult to find in all the clutter. Would you please consider deleting out-of-date information and just maintaining the most current info? This would be extremely helpful. Thank you.