Thursday, June 02, 2016

Is It Accurate to Say "It's Cleveland" When Talking About Our Weather?

Good morning everyone. This is a pet peeve of mine so bare with me:  

It's highly inaccurate to say "It's Cleveland" when making a GENERIC reference to our overall NE Ohio weather. I know I've upset many by saying this. We've been indoctrinated with this for decades and generations myself included. This phrase really only applies to winter conditions such as lake effect snow events or a strong lake breeze (especially in spring) which don't happen often. Most times (see image below showing the 6 week changes since early May) the changes are felt over a multi-state area! These regional changes don't originate here in northern Ohio nor are they religated to just northern Ohio. Again, the only exceptions that are strictly local in nature are Lake Effect snow events and lake breezes.


Dennis Boylan said...

But yet when you talk about your forecasts, on many occasions, you and other forecasters have indicated the forecast you present is for the cleveland area even though your viewing area goes both east and west.

So when I lived in Painesville, the weather conditions would often vary from your Cleveland forecast and when I go to Port Clinton for boating the forecast there varies from what you present.

So I think this is a place to say "Its Cleveland" weather

Scott Sabol said...

Dennis, you're missing the overall point. This post is about the general misconception that northern Ohio weather is special because it changes so much. I use "CLEVELAND" as a general location because our population density is centered around it. Every market in the country uses their central location this way. Regarding specific forecasts on television, we are at the liberty of time