Valleywx.com: Social Media Abuzz About Snow Chances

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TENNESSEE VALLEY (WHNT) – We are in unique days in the business of weather forecasting. The Internet, social media, and the gift of access to tax-payer funded weather information and models often change the course of how meteorologists approach issuing forecasts.

Sometimes we have to answer rumors that are spreading, sometimes we have to answer bad science, and sometimes we just have to be a little more frank about long-term ideas than we would otherwise like to be. It’s not about “keeping” information from you; it’s more about only telling you the things on which we have enough confidence to put our name. That’s at least how I see it.

That being said, the horse is out of the barn on the potential for snow in December. I’ve been alluding to it for a few days, but confidence is low enough that I definitely would not broadcast a threat of snow on television. If you are reading this, that means you probably either have some understanding of how forecasts are made or want to learn more about it.  For that discussion, and to see the latest images about the possibility of snow for the Tennessee Valley, visit our weather blog, Valleywx.com.