posted on Jul, 27 2005 @ 04:53 PM
It's called a 'teaser'. The newsreader will say "Stay tuned for dramatic video of the severe thunderstorm' when it was only a couple of puffy
clouds with a rumble in them. They don't want you to change channels during the commercial.
The other reason is liability. TV weathercasters predict the worst case scenario for CYA. We see it here with winter storm forecasts. The TV will
say 'Up to 4 feet of snow in the higher elevations' and in town we will see two inches on the ground. 10,000 feet on the north slope probably did
get 4 feet of snow, but not here.