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Snowstorm's near miss sheds sunshine on tricky forecast

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- With meteorologists predicting 3 to 6 inches of snow Monday night into Tuesday and barely a snowflake falling, many people were asking what happened to the storm?

"If you want snow, go fishing," joked longtime NEWS CENTER weather forecaster, Kevin Mannix.  "The storm is a little further south and east, the trough is weak, so everything right now is sitting at the coast."

He says computer models made it difficult to pinpoint exactly who would get dumped on, but all indications were it would be somewhere along the coast.  Plenty of snow ended up falling as predicted, but the majority of that snow was about 30 miles off the coast.

"30 miles made the difference between 3 to 6 inches of snow and absolutely none, maybe a flurry," explained meteorologist Jessica Conley.  "There is plenty of snow over the ocean if you are out there today.  The fish are getting plenty of snow."

"Weather, meteorology really is an imperfect science," she added.  "It is really hard to be exact.  It is not math.  There is no exact answer."



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