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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 08/ 1/2008

In Search of a Weather Checker

By Dan Stillman

Will you be our weather ombudsman?

Yes. It's true. We don't always get the forecast right. (OK, you can drop the mocked surprise look.) Even when we're wrong, sometimes we've done the best we can given the data available. Other times, in hindsight, we see that we could've/should've done a better job.

More so than most weather forecast outlets, Capital Weather Gang can be held accountable for its predictions. While forecasts heard on TV and radio disappear into thin air the second they leave the meteorologist's mouth, CWG's are archived for eternity, or at least until the Internet is destroyed. The same cannot be said for forecasts found on sites like weather.com, AccuWeather.com or even the National Weather Service, where old forecasts are nowhere to be seen once replaced by a new one.

Frequent visitors to this blog are probably familiar with the self-assessments we do following significant weather events. But why not have an outside voice weigh in on our performance (the good, bad and the ugly) from time to time, whether it be after a major winter storm or a sunny summer weekend? Will you be our Weather Checker? A sort of weather ombudsman, if you will.

If you're interested, keep reading for qualifications and responsibilities. Also, see our full forecast into early next week.

Qualifications:

*Weather and Internet savvy
*Good writer
*Ability to critique in an objective manner
*Knowledge of weather models a plus, but not required

Responsibilities:

*Write a blog post that assesses CWG's performance approximately once per month. A typical post will range anywhere from about 2-10 paragraphs.

Compensation:

*Volunteer, at least to start

Interested in being our Weather Checker? E-mail us a sample post by Aug. 31, 2008. The focus can be anything from multiple forecasts leading up to a severe weather outbreak, to a single forecast preceding a partly sunny and dry weekend. Also, feel free to tell us a bit about yourself and what interests you about the weather.

By Dan Stillman  | August 1, 2008; 11:00 AM ET
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