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WJLA's Doug Hill issues winter outlook

Jason Samenow @ 12:12 AM

Before we get to Doug, note it will be mostly cloudy today, with highs in the low to mid 50s. Also, have the umbrella handy because some patchy light rain can't be ruled out, especially beginning late in the afternoon. Steadier rain is likely overnight (with totals 0.25-0.5"), tapering off by mid morning Wednesday when it will begin turning windy...

So what does Doug Hill think about snowfall prospects for the winter? According to WJLA's website, he's calling for slightly above average snowfall this winter (just under two feet of snow total). By comparison, I'm calling for slightly below average snowfall (around 15" or so), but for generally active winter weather and some ice events. The truth be told, our outlooks are not significantly different. Doug did not do too well with last season's winter outlook when he forecasted twice as much snow as fell. But maybe he'll fare better this time around...

While we're talking about a TV meteorologist, it's interesting to note that Popular Science magazine rates the position of TV meteorologist as one of the worst jobs in science. (Thanks to Jill Engel-Cox of Smog Blog for forwarding this to me.) I know many TV meteorologists and while job security isn't typically great and they have to put up with a lot, most of them love their jobs...

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