03-15-2017, 11:20 AM
You're right, there is just as much emphasis on hype by weather media as there is substance. But thats not what this article says, this article implies that the NWS coordinated witholding information from the public. You corroborated that sense by calling northeast forecasters liars. I'm telling you that just isn't the case.
Now as to hype in forecasting, the product is tailored to the consumer. It's no different than 24 hour news. I don't like it either and I'm proud to work for a public broadcasting station that avoids sensationalism. I also think the NWS are the gold standard of non-hyped forecasting. The meat and potatoes of their products is plain text (area forecast discussion product).
To our mutual concern about expressing uncertainty, it's worth noting that at least the Philly and New York offices, if not all, now show three snow maps side by side. From left to right: expect at least this much, most likely total, and worst case scenario. It's a beta product, but it does show that there are efforts to be clear about possibilities, at least from NWS.