Friend of Unfair Park "John" (dunno if he'd want his last name used) sends what he says and what appears to be the original e-mail that prompted Troy Dungan to kindly, gently dress down Jim Schutze's fav weather man Pete Delkus yesterday afternoon. If you haven't seen the video, in which WFAA-Channel 8 vet Dungan sorta blames yesterday's missing morning forecast, it's been available at WFAA.com, as the piece titled "'You got it wrong' : Pete Delkus, Troy Dungan discuss forecast accuracy." It was up last I looked, and mighty nice of 'em to leave it up too, not like these folks. Kinda felt bad for ol' Pete there; it's like watching your dad scold your older brother for dropping the game-winning catch after The Big One.
But Pete acquitted himself nicely last night: Said there'd be a "wintry mix" Thursday night into Friday morning, then again Friday night. Then he flashed temps well above 32 during the day and merely 32 at night, which means snow and sleet and rain are, like, unlikely or something? But Pete's coverin' his ass there: Maybe it will, probably it won't. But, ya know, he's got a point: He was damned for callin' it early last weekend, and he's damned for not callin' it at all yesterday. Still, it ain't charity work. And it's sure ain't the minors.
After the jump, a From John letter. --Robert Wilonsky
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From: John ******* To: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org Sent: Wednesday, January 17, 2007 8:41:32 AM Subject: Quick Question
Is this the worst weather predicting failure in recent Metroplex history (like at least the last 5 years or so)?
I'm not just blaming you four guys, nobody had any mention of this last night. If there had been, I'm assuming the street guys would have been out sanding roads a little earlier than 8:00 AM. But there was clearly no mention of this anywhere yesterday. I drive from White Rock Lake to Ft. Worth everyday, so I've been keeping a pretty close eye on the weather the last several days.
Normally love the broadcast... really enjoyed the knuckleheads beating on the windows last night.