Chris Higgins, meteorologist for St. Louis FOX affiliate KTVI, took to his facebook page to defend himself against detractors who took issue with how he forecast the recent storm that hit the St. Louis area.
Higgins responded with what he called an “open letter of sorts”:
This is an open letter of sorts to respond to the many posts from folks who claim this storm was a complete surprise and who have gone as far as to question my integrity by calling me a liar and an idiot. I do this at the risk of getting in trouble but I feel it necessary to defend my integrity.
In his post, Higgins tells viewers he correctly forecast how long heavy snow would fall and where it would fall but admitted he did not correctly forecast how much snow would fall, adding, “But you cannot sit there and tell me I didn’t tell you it was going to snow…and that I didn’t say [it] was going to snow heavily…because I did.”
He then launches into those whom he said have been calling him a liar. “You are trying to tell me that I intentionally withheld information about how much snow was going to fall…for what purpose? Just for fun? As if I get some pleasure out of watching people slide off the road or make insulting posts about me on Facebook?”
Responses to the posting have ranged from defending Higgins, to telling him to grow thicker skin, to an overall assessment that weather forecasting is difficult and few expect their weatherman to be correct. The post below seems to sum up the general flavor.
Click here to view the open letter. Below is a screenshot of the post.