Meteorologists facing backlash from businesses for botched blizzard forecast

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WEST NEW YORK, N.J. (PIX11) -- Monday night’s rough storm failed to morph into a monstrous blizzard.

But if you subscribe to the school of thought that we “dodged a bullet," then you should also know there are plenty of entrepreneurs in our area - including Dominic Ranaudo - who feel like their business was stabbed in the back.

Dominic’s family has owned and operated Sal’s Pizza on Bergenline Avenue in West New York, New Jersey for more than 40 years.

“You have one job to do - predict the weather,” said Dominic.

All day Monday he watched PIX11, and other news and weather forecasts.

Dominic also listened to the warnings from New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

“Here’s one thing we know for sure. Starting later this afternoon, you should stay home if you can. You should only go out in the case of an absolute emergency or necessity. We would like to make Wednesday productive for everybody. And the only way for us to make Wednesday productive is for you to give us the opportunity to do our job on Tuesday,” said the Governor.

We now know the weather forecasts were wrong. Really wrong.

So wrong, in fact that the chief of the National Weather Service’s Philadelphia office tweeted an apology.

The post reads, “My deepest apologies to many key decision makers and so many members of the general public. You made a lot of tough decisions expecting us to get it right, and we didn’t. Once again, I’m sorry.”

The prevailing opinion, crafted through the pristine lens of hindsight, now says it was “better to be safe than sorry.”

A state of emergency, police enforced curfews, closed bridges and tunnels, all contributed to fewer accidents, and a faster clean up.

But for Dominic and so many other business owners, the damage was already done.

“Ya know, this is a big week. It’s super bowl Sunday coming up, so it’s gonna be rough the next few days. My business goes by the hour, not by the day. So every hour counts. Every minute counts. Time is money. Time is money,” said Dominic.