Well Gixxer, I'll freely admit to being ignorant with distinction when it comes to meteorology. We can't be knowledgable on everything and my expertise extends as far as the legend below the maps on most things. (Okay...thats a little too dumbed down..but close enough )
So.. Perhaps you can throw a few ideas out in how we interpret storms with characteristics we've never seen before and dropping from weather patterns we may have seen, but rarely and not in combination with everything else at once?
You'd have to ask the people on the East Coast about the specifics of why so many said the last major storm was something like they'd never seen or experienced before, but I heard that said many times in TV interviews and written accounts. Then..as mentioned..I experienced my own version a few days ago. The whole weather mass was moving west, out of the East. Winds were straight line, due West...which did some real nasty damage in my town because everything here literally grows with a strength to resist winds blowing the other way. The actual hit wasn't a long one. Perhaps 10-15 minutes of actual "storm" but the damage, as I listened on my police scanners, was remarkable and very extensive.
Ignorance of maps and radar is one thing..and I'm not innocent, I'll admit. Ignorance of life before my Mark I eyeballs is simply not part of the discussion. I know what I've seen and I know what I saw a few days ago. The two don't have correlation. At least the next backward storm that flattens our city, I can honestly say then that I've seen something like it before.
edit on 11-7-2012 by Wrabbit2000 because: typo