Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Auckland New Zealand
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Here's the thing, I think.
If the weather forecasters play down the intensity of a storm or hold back on warning people and then the storm strengthens up and starts killing people, the population that is effected by the storm will want to lynch them.
If on the other hand they say "This is going to be the MOTHER of all storms" and it turns out to be just a heavy-weight puff, everyone laughs and says "Oh look, those dumbos got it wrong again".
Most people would take criticism in preference to a lynch mob.
But I have to admit my blood boils when I cancel a weekend of sailing because of a seriously negative weather report and then it turns out to be exactly what I would have asked for given the choice.
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