Toledo is rocking the weekend, especially today, Saturday, 8-28-04.....
President Bush is arriving soon.....giving a speech in bedroom suburb Perrysburg. One (1) of the USA's largest companies, auto parts manufacturer Dana Corporation, with HQ in Toledo, is having a giant lawn party, celebrating 100 years of business. The Thunderbirds are at Toledo Express Airport, part of a 2-day airshow that will attract about 75,000 onlookers. Swanton (bedroom suburb) is having their annual "Cornfest". Oregon (bedroom suburb) is hosting the annual German-American Festival.
With hundreds of thousands of NW Ohio and SE Michigan residents heading to these outside events chances are they watched The Weather Channel to make their plans......to make their go-no go decisions.
My question, as presented to a group (Cyburbialand residents) that are somewhat
good with geography, etc......do people really understand the weather?
Sure, technology and services such as The Weather Channel make it easier to see what's happening in your area. And we all have a good time poking fun at the weather people when they make wrong weather predictions, etc.
Do people really understand the difficulty in weather forecasting. Do they understand the geography of wear they live and how that can affect weather?
Here in NW Ohio the old timers (and a lot of "yunguns") always say, "We live in a valley so the weather goes around us." Actually, the water temperature of Lake Erie affects us a lot more than any valleys (Maumee River valley).....and our overall location in the Great Lakes Area has a huge affect.
Final note: I have been a boater most of my life. Bet ya a buck $$ that boaters are better at understanding weather than most folks.
Sail On Sail On Sailorbear