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Weather bureau reconsiders warning system

Tuesday 15 January 2013

The KNMI weather bureau is to amend the criteria it uses for weather warnings following criticism that no warning was given about Tuesday morning’s snow.

The ensuing traffic chaos on the roads led to the longest jams on record in the morning rush hour.

The KNMI issued a code yellow warning on Tuesday but in retrospect this could have been orange, a spokesman told Nos television.

In the past, the organisation has also been criticised for issuing weather warnings which have proved to be a false alarm.

Any change will be carried out following consultation with the ANWB motoring organisation and transport ministry officials, Nos said.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

So, KMNI issued a yellow warning, but they are criticized because it was not precise enough.
It would be interesting if this article stated WHO put forth the criticism.
So, what are they supposed to do, since if 'predict' a false alarm, they are also criticized.

Where are the articles about how ridiculous it is that NS must cut 50% of service because they cannot figure out how to run a railroad in the winter?
Perhaps, those drivers who pay attention to the weather and might consider the train would have been at the local station if they thought NS/ProRail actually knew how to run a railroad.

By wilber | 15 January 2013 5:42 PM

Wilber - agreed, especially about ProRail. The sad fact is, however, that there are/were many NS personnel who (well) know how to run a railroad, but they are no longer in charge and instead are forced to listen to their bosses (recruited from the advertising industry, etc.) and ministers who have no clue. Perhaps the collapse of the TNT/UPS merger will be the beginning of the un-doing of this long and destructive neo-liberal nightmare.

By Chek-IN/Chek-OUT | 15 January 2013 5:55 PM

Ugh, these stories frustrate me so much. Predicting the weather is NOT easy to do, especially for such a small country like the NL that is so close to the sea. KNMI does a fantastic job, in my opinion. Just because a citizen doesn't take a yellow warning seriously enough, doesn't mean KNMI did anything wrong.

By Stupid | 15 January 2013 7:11 PM

What colour they choose to make the alarm is also irrelevant if businesses do not take action.

People will still have to go to work, that doesn't change. Unless companies are willing to either close down or not punish people for taking off the day then safety is still at risk.

If there is an orange warning then it should be allowed especially for those who drive to not have to come into the office for the day. Otherwise people who are dedicated to their work will still get in the car and on the roads.

Responsibility and blame cannot only be towards those who make the alarms and the road services for not keeping up.

By just a person | 16 January 2013 10:46 AM

Warning or no warning, there needs to be more done in Amsterdam to remove the snow on the orads, or stop it from adhering there (salt anyone?) it's a shame that only a few roads are being considered, what is the city doing?

By Carla | 16 January 2013 12:15 PM

Silly story - it was warned in advance. The problem is that most of the country insists on commuting 60+km each day from one side of the country to the other. That is the real issue here.

By Sir Charles | 16 January 2013 2:00 PM

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