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Weather Channel’s Sam Champion: Gov. Cuomo Wrong to Blame Buffalo Forecasters

According to Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-NY), “No one had an idea that it was gonna be that much snow that fast,” this past week in Buffalo, New York. “Snow coming down at the rate of about five inches an hour. No one had an idea. The weather service was off.”

That was how the governor explained his state’s lack of preparedness for the massive storm that left at least 13 people dead in upstate New York. But according to meteorologists, the predictions were accurate.

The Weather Channel’s Sam Champion tackled the story Monday morning on his AMHQ show, reviewing the evidence and coming to the conclusion that Cuomo had misled the public when he blamed the level of catastrophe on the National Weather Service.

According to The Weather Channel’s report, the NWS started getting the word out about the Buffalo storm as early as last Sunday, November 16 at 4 p.m. ET. By the next day, they were predicting a “historic” “Lake Effect snow event.” The report also replayed a montage of dire warnings from various meteorologists on The Weather Channel.

Champion invited an experts to dispute Cuomo’s claims, saying there is “no question whatsoever” that the Buffalo NWS office put out an accurate forecast for the storm.

The anchor and his guest agreed that “to pile criticism on a forecast team that actually did a very good job” was “quite unwarranted.”

Watch video below, via The Weather Channel:

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