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Snowstorm Sneaks Up on Meteorologists

WPIX140119225808This time you can blame the messenger. The winter storm that is bearing down on New Yorkers, gave only 24 hours to prepare for the first flakes.

As the snow started falling this morning, it took until yesterday when computer models and meteorologists decided that this one would materialize in a big way.

On the 11 p.m. newscast Sunday night, Elise Finch on WCBS alluded to snow in her forecast. But she said that the latest model showed “some snow” primarily for Eastern Long Island and Central and Southern New Jersey, Tuesday into Wednesday.

At the same time, WABC’s Jeff Smith was leading his weather segment saying, “By Tuesday, will have some accumulating snow in parts of the area.” He added that New York City was on the storm’s fringe, and could see a dusting to an inch. Smith cautioned, “It wouldn’t take much of a jog to the north to get more snow right here in the city.”

WNBC’s Steve Villaneuva also was forecasting snow for south and east of NYC. Using the RPM model, he projected 3 inches for Barnegat, 1 1/2 inches for Asbury Park, and .7 inches in Hampton Bays. There was a 0–not a bullseye–for the snow amount expected in the five boroughs.

In a late edition of the WNYW 10 p.m. Sunday night, Audrey Puente was at the map.

She forecast 2-3 inches east of the city.

And then there’s Craig Allen. He saw the complexity of the storm. On WPIX, he ended the 10 p.m. broadcast by pointing to the potential for weather problems this week.

“There are so many maps out there that are just indicating the possibility for some snowfall. One says it could be a lot, another says it may not be a lot. This is the thing were going to go through, obviously, for the next several days.”

Allen put an “Uh Oh” under Tuesday in his five-day forecast, stating that there was definitely a chance for shovel-able snow south and east. But Allen was hedging his bets– not giving any accumulations until Monday morning– 4-8 inches in New York City.

WABC’s Bill Evans and Wife Charged with Assault in Domestic Violence Incident

220px-Bill_Evans,_meteorologist_croppedBy JERRY BARMASH
(@jerrybarmash)

Here we go again! Bill Evans is the latest TV news personality to join the annals of tabloid fodder.

Evans, the veteran WABC-TV weatherman, and his wife Dana were charged with assault and disorderly conduct.

The arrest involves an incident on May 4 at the Evans’ Old Greenwich, CT home.

His attorney Philip Russell said in the statement:
“Bill and Dana are presently going through a difficult divorce. Our understanding is that on May 20, more than two weeks after an argument, Dana was advised by her divorce attorneys to file the complaint which led to the police investigation.”

FTV Live reports that Dana Evans spoke about the allegations in counseling, at which time it was suggested that she file a police report.

Bill Evans, 52, is the Channel 7 morning weather anchor. With the station since 1989, Evans is referred to as “Senior Meteorologist.”

WABC had no comment “on personal matters involving our employees. We are reviewing the situation and have no further comment at this time.”

While the station is assuming a low profile, weather meteorologists Amy Freeze and Jeff Smith have picked up the slack in Evans’ absence.

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