Where is the US today? Read this ABC report. It's all there: climate denial and politically imposed inaction:
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal blamed weather forecasters, saying he was caught off-guard due to a changing forecast.
At one point, the only accumulating snow was expected to fall south of Atlanta.
“At that time, it was still, in most of the forecasts, anticipated that the city of Atlanta would only have a mild dusting or a very small accumulation if any,” Deal said at a Wednesday press conference. “Preparations were made for those predictions.”
Forecasters erupted following the comments. The National Weather Service argued that the appropriate outlooks, watches and warnings were released two days in advance.
J. Marshall Shepherd, president of the American Meteorological Society, addressed the topic on his blog, writing, “The buses had a tough time getting kids home, but meteorologists should not be thrown under the bus.”
And why did some meteorologists not ring the alarm loudly?
"[W]e don't want to be accused of crying wolf. Because if we had been wrong, y'all would have all been in here saying, 'Do you know how many millions of dollars you cost the economies of the city of Atlanta and the state of Georgia by shutting down businesses all over this city and this state?'"Always the fucking economy: Growth! Jobs! Growth! Profits!
Whoa! Snow causing major traffic headaches in #ATL. Watch LIVE cam: http://t.co/YKJEF9zKuE pic.twitter.com/Uved7pxidN
— NBC Charlotte (@wcnc) January 29, 2014