Meteorologist chides Christie over Weather Service criticism

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Posted: Mar 15, 2017 3:44 PM

MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (AP) — A former top meteorologist is calling out New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for complaining about high snow forecasts that failed to materialize.

Several inches of snow were expected Tuesday. But most of the state saw just rain and a little snow.

The Republican governor called the storm a "big underperformer" and said he's had his fill with the National Weather Service.

Gary Szatkowski is a former chief meteorologist in the service's Mount Holly office. He tells The Philadelphia Inquirer (http://bit.ly/2m126nh ) he expected a more "responsible perspective" from Christie. He cites an "outstanding forecast" during Superstorm Sandy and the "disastrous" way the information was used.

Weather Service acting chief Joe Miketta acknowledges the accumulation forecasts were overdone. But he says forecasts for precipitation amounts and coastal flooding were verified.

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Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, http://www.inquirer.com