Forecaster apologizes for blizzard forecast

MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (AP) — The snowstorm that’s moved through the Northeast hasn’t been as bad as expected — at least in New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia — and now, a forecaster is apologizing.

Gary Szatkowski of the National Weather Service in New Jersey sent a tweet that said, “You made a lot of tough decisions expecting us to get it right, and we didn’t.” He added, “Once again, I’m sorry.”

An official at the agency’s office in Mount Holly says forecasters will take a closer look at how they handled the storm, and, in his words, “see what we can do better next time.”

New Jersey had put a statewide travel ban into effect as the storm approached. And Gov. Chris Christie says it was “absolutely the right decision to make” in light of the dire forecast.

Some New Yorkers are wondering why the city shut down as the storm approached. Susanne Payot, a cabaret singer whose rehearsal today was canceled, says she’s “just surprised and laughing out loud.” She says of the snow that fell, “This is nothing.”

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142-w-32-(Warren Levinson, AP correspondent, with Nick Sallieri, diner manager)–After predictions of a historic blizzard, New York City escaped with as little as a half foot of snow. AP correspondent Warren Levinson reports. (27 Jan 2015)

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048-a-08-(Gwynne Sigel (SEE’-guhl), resident, mother of student dismissed early from school, in AP interview Monday)-“wait and see”-Philadelphia resident Gwynne Sigel says you never really know how much snow a storm will bring, until it arrives. (27 Jan 2015)

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APPHOTO NYJD111: A single car enters the Manhattan-bound tube of the Midtown Tunnel after passing through an empty toll plaza during the morning commute following a winter storm, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in the Queens borough of New York. A blizzard heaped snow on Boston, the rest of eastern Massachusetts and parts of Long Island on Tuesday, delivering wind gusts topping 75 mph, but it failed to live up to the hype farther south in Philadelphia and New York City. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow) (27 Jan 2015)

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APPHOTO NYMA103: A man shovels snow off the stairway on a building on the Lower East side neighborhood of Manhattan, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. A storm packing blizzard conditions spun up the East Coast early Tuesday, pounding coastal eastern Long Island into Maine with high winds and heavy snow. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) (27 Jan 2015)

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