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    blow the snowstorm

    Quote from cnn news"
    "Major event forecasting is probably the hardest thing we have to do, because those are the events that people remember.
    If you blow the snowstorm and you say 20 inches in New York, it hits 20 inches in New Jersey instead, people only remember that you said 20 in New York, and it didn't happen."
    what does "blow" mean here.
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    #2

    Re: blow the snowstorm

    I am not a teacher.

    I would take that to mean 'get it wrong'.

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    #3

    Re: blow the snowstorm

    Yes, to fail miserably. They failed in forecasting.

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    #4

    Re: blow the snowstorm

    Remember that "blow" used in this context is somewhat of a slang term, and as a rule wouldn't be used in a news article. But in this case a person was being quoted, and he was using colloquial English. It was his shorthand way of saying "If you make a big mistake in predicting a blizzard...."


    (And in this case the weather reporterss did blunder big time - they predicted a dire, crippling snowstorm for New York City, prompting the mayor to close the subways and halt bus service in anticipation of the storm. Millions of commuters were inconvenienced for no reasons, since the storm bypassed NYC.)

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    Re: blow the snowstorm

    Quote Originally Posted by masterding View Post
    Quote from cnn CNN news:

    "Major event forecasting is probably the hardest thing we have to do, because those are the events that people remember. If you blow the snowstorm and you say 20 inches in New York, it hits 20 inches in New Jersey instead, people only remember that you said 20 in New York, and it didn't happen."

    What does "blow" mean here?
    Thanks.
    See above for my corrections to your capitalisation and punctuation.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #6

    Re: blow the snowstorm

    Our NYC Mayor severely overreacted.

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    Re: blow the snowstorm

    My friend in Boston would have been a lot happier if they'd overreacted for her. She got three times as much as she was expecting!
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 31-Jan-2015 at 08:05.
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    Re: blow the snowstorm

    The storm was brutal north, west, and east of here.

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    #9

    Re: blow the snowstorm

    http://onlineslangdictionary.com/mea...nition-of/blow
    The above slang dictionary says 'blow' can mean 'to do a bad job on something; fail'.
    So may I take 'blow the snowstorm' to mean 'blow the forecasting of the snowstorm'?
    Not a teacher.

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    Re: blow the snowstorm

    Yes, Matthew. That is correct.

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