How'd Forecasters Miss on 'Historic' NYC Blizzard Prediction?
The massive blizzard of 2015 spared much of New Jersey and New York, but pounded New England, burying parts of Massachusetts and Connecticut in up to two feet of snow.
So why did the "historical" storm that forecasters predicted not hit New York City?
Meteorologist Joe Bastardi explained that the storm came down from Canada through the Ohio Valley and had to develop again off the shore.
"We don't have a lot of data out there. No matter how much we're arrogant to believe computer models actually can hit these things, they're going to make mistakes," Bastardi explained.
He reiterated that the storm may have missed the Big Apple - which has its roads open and public transportation running - but it still hit very hard just about 50 miles east.
This storm reminds me of Gloria. Was hyped so much in NYC, people forgot the areas that got slammed were also forececast too
— Joe Bastardi (@BigJoeBastardi) January 27, 2015
According to FoxNews.com , areas of Massachusetts received more than a foot of snow overnight and snowfall is expected until late afternoon on Tuesday in eastern Massachusetts, Rhode Island, eastern Connecticut and eastern Long Island, where accumulations could reach two feet.
"Every weather situation is unique in and of itself, so you have to study each one as they come along, match it up against things you've seen before, bring in the computer models, weigh the evidence and try to predict an answer," Bastardi explained.
"I think, in general, the storm was overplayed in New York, but if you want to go 50 miles east, people will say, 'What a great forecast that was.'"
Watch the clip above.