Al Roker apologizes for underestimating winter storm, draws mixed reactions

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Robert Deutsch, USAToday

Everybody makes mistakes – though if you’re Al Roker and part one of the top meteorology teams in morning television, you’d better be ready to apologize.

Roker said “our bad” to viewers on Friday morning after Thursday’s storm in the Northeast turned out to be bigger, and more troublesome for commuters and travelers, than experts originally predicted.

Roker’s mea culpa was ready to go Friday, and a few viewers thanked him for his candor.

“Thank you for your honesty this morning concerning the botched storm predictions on the east coast. The first admission I’ve heard since the storm!” one viewer wrote.

“Thank you for the mea culpa @alroker on @TODAYshow,” read another viewer’s comment. “I heard snow forecast for yesterday quickly turning to rain by the evening. Major difference in what actually happened.”

Thank you for the mea culpa @alroker on @TODAYshow. ?? I heard snow forecast for yesterday quickly turning to rain by the evening. Major difference in what actually happened. @StormTeam4NY

Some voices on Twitter were decidedly less forgiving.

“You suck. With all that technology still can’t get the weather right,” a disgruntled viewer wrote. “Always, good at hyping the weather with your 20 million, 30 million being affected. Get paid all that money for what. With all these years doing weather and still can’t get it right.”

“So let me get this straight,” another angry commenter tweeted. “Al Roker didn’t give viewers accurate weather information with all that doppler radar satellite (expletive) and he still has a job?”

Roughly 300,000 customers lost power during the pre-winter storm, mostly in Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania, according to poweroutage.us. The conditions were a nightmare for travelers, with over 1,600 flights getting canceled with another 6,600-plus postponed, with the hardest-hit airports on Thursday morning including Philadelphia, Washington’s Reagan National Airport, Baltimore and the three big airports serving the New York City area.

Roker tweeted about the intense storm, as did the “Today” show. 

This is one the greatest outdoor weather sets I have ever seen. Well played @PeteWeatherBeathttps://t.co/Nni4lqkFcc

The Nor'Easter caused record snowfall for 13 states in November, @alroker has the latest on where the storm is headed. pic.twitter.com/7d3XRC83nH

It’s not the first time Roker had created buzz in recent weeks. The TV personality made headlines on Halloween when he dressed as a white character following now-ousted host Megyn Kelly’s comments about blackface. Roker dressed up as “Back to the Future” character Doc Brown, who was played by Christopher Lloyd.

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