“It’s one of the main downsides to the job, having your mistakes broadcast on multiple news outlets for days on end,” Steve Munsch, forecaster for the Canadian Meteorological Society Of Canada whispers as we enter his workplace through a side door and try, unsuccessfully, to make it to his office undetected.
“Hey Steve,” someone calls out from a room we’ve just tiptoed past, “Good to see you made it in. Thought you might have misplaced your car by 4500 kilometers, or predicted today was Sunday and not bothered coming to work.” Steve tucks his head and keeps walking.
“I’m not really sure what went wrong,” the senior forecaster says once he’s reached his office, closed the door, and dropped the blinds. He pulls a screen grab up on his computer. It’s of a CNN weatherman, midway through his segment, laughing and pointing at the one errant storm track that vastly deviates from all the others, doing two loop-the-loops in the mid-Atlantic. It’s Steve’s track; one he says he’ll, “probably never live down.”
“I think I was looking at the chart upside down or something, I don’t know. Maybe I was just being hopeful, you know? Lately I’ve been getting a too emotionally invested in these models, and that’s never a good thing. I guess I need some time off, a little vacation somewhere. Probably not the Caribbean.”