While the weathermen at RMC denied any rain in city, bloggers were certain of heavy rainfall in the afternoon. It did rain in the afternoon. Sensing this, the RMC conducted a hurriedly-arranged press conference the next day and said, “Northern parts including Chennai will receive moderate to heavy rain in Chennai for two days.”
The rain gods, however, eluded the city but lashed Southern and Western parts of the state. Since then, the RMC has been issuing bulletins containing forecasts like moderate rain and partly cloudy sky. When this reporter again contacted a weatherman about different opinions between them and weather-blogger, he smiled and said, “We are updating what our satellite images show and that is it.”
He did not want to comment on the accuracy of the predictions made by private weather forecast companies and bloggers. With private weathermen proving to be more accurate, one wonders if people follow the official weatherman anymore.
Incidentally, how does one blame the RMC when their satellites (government-owned) aren’t as effective and accurate as those owned by others.
— R Lenin, Chennai