WASHINGTON (February 8, 2013)—Louis Uccellini, the new director of the National Weather Service, says some forecasters and reporters may be getting carried away in describing the winter storm that was bearing down on the Northeast Friday, but he said the science is simple and chilling.
Uccellini, an expert on snowstorms, says meteorologists are telling people that this is a dangerous storm because it is.
For more than a week, forecasters have seen it coming and they believe it's worthy of a nickname like the huge East Coast storm of 1993 that weather experts call the "storm of the century."
Snowbound MIT meteorology professor Kerry Emanuel agrees that forecasters are telling it like it is but adds people love to talk about and obsess over extreme weather.
He calls it weather porn.