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Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 02/17/2009

Korea to Offer Forecaster "Fat Pay Package"

By Jason Samenow

* Forecast: Messy Mixed Mid-Week | Snow Drought *

Weather forecasting in Korea has a credibility problem. The situation is so bleak that its own meteorological association is looking outside its border for forecasting talent.

The Korea Times reports:

The Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) ... has contacted several renowned weather experts in countries showing a high forecast accuracy including the United States, United Kingdom and Japan since last year.

Someone may receive an offer they can't refuse says the Times:

"....the total annually pay would reach more than $200,000,'' said a source who declined to be named.

The KMA plans to provide a house, personal secretary and full-time interpreter. It is also considering offering a round-trip flight ticket between Seoul and the scholar's hometown more than four times per year.

The Korea Times concludes by wondering if a foreign forecaster will have a thick enough skin for the job:

...the question is whether the non-Korean is capable of withstanding knee-jerk public sentiment if the prediction goes wide of mark.

That's funny, because just a couple weeks ago we had a case study of such a scenario in our own backyard...

Story Hat Tip: Prometheus

By Jason Samenow  | February 17, 2009; 12:30 PM ET
Categories:  International Weather  
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