I agree! Here in NC, the only time the local weather-geeks step from view is when the 5-day forecast is displayed on screen and of course, that means the weather segment has finished. Who needs meteorologists at all? All they do is read the printout from the computer model of choice. And they are not any better! Look at all of the forecasts associated with Hurricane Dennis!? There is no interpretation of the outside weather.
As a 10-yr-old, instead of a geology kit, like all of the other neighborhood kids had, I had a weather kit. I would take all of the measurements, align all of these factors (wind speed & direction, barometric pressure, humidity and temperature) on a decoder wheel(!), and it would determine the forecast. Everyone scoffed when I said it was going to snow. But we got out of school the next day at 10:00 am! Later I didn’t need the wheel. While managing a beachfront hotel, I used this “power” to impress the guests. One instance: “When is the sun going to come out?” I looked outside for moment and said, “1300 hrs.” It came out at 1255.
(Must use powers for good, not evil)
“Quoth the Raven, ‘Nevermore.’”
E A Poe