Another "weatherman's" storm?

Whacked we weren't
No, not yesterday's storm, but Chatham Main Street in the "real" one back in '03.

Boston TV Weathermen get it wrong again

Cape Codders are used to bad, or in this case, REALLY BAD, weather forecasts by Boston TV weathermen and weatherwomen.

If you empathize with them a bit we can see why they often exaggerate the severity of storms which rack the Cape.

They get paid by making their predictions exciting as they did this last weekend once again.

What was predicted

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning on Sunday for Boston, Cape Cod, Nantucket and surrounding areas, saying that gusty winds, low visibility and up to 10 inches of snow were expected by excited and overzealous Boston TV weather-people.

The predictions continued saying Cape Cod was going to be hardest hit by the storm, receiving a little more snow and stronger winds than Boston and the rest of Massachusetts.

One report last night said that about 5 inches fell in Barnstable, and up to 10 inches was forecast  for the Outer Cape before the storm tapered off later Sunday,  but we got less than the rest of the state.

Boston was likely to escape the worst of it, said Bill Simpson, a meteorologist for the weather service in Taunton.

What REALLY happened

We were in Boston for the weekend, and the dire forecast, especially after last weekend's "real" storm, had me close to phoning Mr. Birch of Birch Landscaping to again plow my 300-foot, uphill driveway in East Harwich.

My wife Patricia prevailed on me to not spend $70 for the plowing, because she's a native Cape Codder and suspected that we would have no problem getting home as we checked out of our hotel at noon on Sunday.

Once again she was correct, and the worse part of our longer-than-usual drive was in Boston and Route 3 on the South Shore.

By the time we crossed the Sagamore Bridge, we were able to double our speed on the almost snow-less Mid Cape Highway.

That 300-foot, uphill driveway

Our driveway had 2 or 3 inches of wet snow, and Patricia's Volvo went up it with little trouble.

She then cleared the driveway bare in a few minutes by pushing the snow down.

Yes, it WAS a "Weatherman's Storm."


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