The Wright Response - June 13, 2013

By: Mike Wright Email
By: Mike Wright Email

One viewer quite forcefully questioned why our weather forecast was different from one produced more than 800 miles away. General Manager Mike Wright has the answer and more in this Wright Response.

KBTX General Manager, Mike Wright

PREDICTING WEATHER IN THIS VALLEY IS SOMETIMES A LITTLE DIFFICULT. METEOROLOGISTS FROM ALL OVER, FROM HOUSTON TO DALLAS TO THE WEATHER CHANNEL WILL EXPLAIN THAT OUR PROXIMITY TO THE COAST COMBINED WITH THE TOPOGRAPHICAL MAKE-UP OF THIS REGION ALLOWS FOR A VOLATILE WEATHER SITUATION.

IN SPITE OF THESE CHALLENGES OUR METEOROLOGIST GET IT RIGHT MOST OF THE TIME. JOSE WAS UPSET WHEN A STORM ROLLED THROUGH, ACTING AS IF WE SAID NOTHING ABOUT IT. I’M EDITING THE FIRST STATEMENT BECAUSE IN OUR HOUSE WITH A COUPLE OF 12-YEAR OLDS, WE DON’T ALLOW USE OF THE WORD “BUTT” UNLESS IN REFERENCE TO A ROAST, EVEN THEN – THEY LAUGH.

ANYWAY – JOSE WROTE:

Title: 40% my (posterior)!!!

Why is it that you guys are saying 40% when the weather channel is saying 80% with strong and severe thunderstorms....whats the point on even listening to you guys!!!!???

WHY DO I LOVE THIS WEATHER STAFF? RESPONSES LIKE THIS FROM SHEL TO JOSE. SHEL EXPLAINED:

Jose,

Sorry for the frustration, to start, the storms overnight were strong, yes, but not severe. As of 5am, the peak wind gust was 43mph. By definition (from the National Weather Service), criteria for a severe thunderstorm is winds up to 60mph. That "strong" storm still left a handful of small trees knocked down.

As for the Weather Channel's forecast vs. ours. TWC is giving you a "point forecast" meaning that it is giving it to you for Bryan / College Station. Our forecast of 40% means "40% of our 13 county area has a chance to see showers and thunderstorms." That being said, guaranteed that we can have more pinpoint precision on trying to estimate where storms are likely over TWC, who is forecasting from Atlanta, Georgia based solely on national computer models. While they had a higher chance in the forecast, 40% still warrants the idea that there should be rain.

If you follow on Facebook or on twitter, Weekend Meteorologist Crystal Ploehn was updating information on the storms as they moved through.

Always good to hear from the folks we are trying to make a better forecast for, each day...good or bad. Won't hurt our feelings...it only makes us better. Look forward to hearing your feedback.

AND – AS IS MOST OFTEN THE CASE, IN SPITE OF NUMEROUS RESPONSES ADDRESSING HIS CONCERNS, WE NEVER HEARD BACK FROM JOSE. I LEARNED SOMETHING IN READING SHEL’S RESPONSE, AND I THANK OUR WEATHER STAFF FOR ALWAYS RESPONDING TO VIEWER CONCERNS.

ON A KBTX FAMILY NOTE, A FEW THINGS –

FIRST WE LOST A FRIEND ON MEMORIAL DAY WITH THE PASSING OF JOE BRIERS. JOE AND HIS FAMILY OWN THE LAND KBTX LEASES FOR OUR TOWER NEAR CARLOS. HE AND ORIGINAL KBTX GENERAL MANAGER HARRY GILLAM MADE THAT DEAL MANY YEARS AGO, AND IT WAS MY HONOR TO GET TO KNOW JOE THROUGH THE YEARS. A GENTLEMAN WHO DID IT HIS WAY, WHO ALWAYS MADE ME LAUGH. YOU WILL BE MISSED. OUR BEST TO JOE AND HIS FAMILY.

AND KBTX HAD REASON TO CELEBRATE MAY 31ST WHEN TODD CARROLL WAS HONORED WITH A SURPRISE BACKYARD LUNCH IN HONOR OF HIS 40TH ANNIVERSARY AT KBTX. AS A REAL TREAT, TODD’S ONLY GRANDCHILD GUS MADE A SURPRISE APPEARANCE. THE KBTX STAFF, FORMER STAFFERS WHO WORKED WITH TODD BACK IN THE DAY AND CURRENT CLIENTS JOINED US FOR LUNCH. TODD IS ONE OF THE THINGS THAT SET KBTX APART. IT IS ABOUT FAMILY, IT IS ABOUT HOME.

BE IN TOUCH ANYTIME, WE’RE ALWAYS LISTENING AND YOUR OPINION MATTERS TO KBTX NEWS 3.


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