My local forecasters have of late been more wrong than more right in regards to storms. It almost seems as if they're trying to over-predict the severity in order to be sage-like. Of course, when it doesn't pan out anywhere close to their prediction... "Well we got lucky this weekend!" is the mantra.
Are they merely victims of over-aggressive models and predict using the worst case scenario loaded with "What if.." or are they just trying to look "smart" should those models actually work out?
Our weekend rain turned into a couple of swipes of the wipers and it seems to be a trend.
As someone who has stood in front of the green screen, I can only speak for myself. The goal was to inform and to get it right. Nothing more, nothing less. I didn't try sensationalism. I made it funny and memorable, but the forecast was still the forecast. People still come up today saying 'when will we see you on TV again'.....
Does sensationalism happen? Occasionally, but do most men and women who choose Broadcast Meteorology want to do their best? Of course.
Like Ocala said, they are second guessed and there are a lot of amateur 'meteorologists' in the public!