Al Roker defends harsh criticism of NYC mayor for not closing schools, but sorry for ‘one-term’ prediction

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While winter hell unleashed its fury on New York City Thursday, NBC weatherman Al Roker unleashed his fury on Mayor Bill de Blasio for not closing schools.

Roker, who is in Sochi covering the Olympics, fired off a series of tweets blasting the “lack of common sense,” “goofball policy” of the mayor for making kids attend school during a blizzard, and then offered an un-Roker-like non-weather related prediction:





De Blasio responded directly to Roker during a press conference Thursday, saying that while he respects Roker, “it’s a different thing to run a city than to give the weather on TV.” De Blasio then attempted to place blame on the National Weather Service, who he said “affirmed to us on the call before we came out to you, that this went faster and heavier than their projections last night.”

Roker was quick on the keyboard to give his answer to that:


Thursday’s war of words garnered so much national attention that on Friday, Roker addressed his criticism of the mayor on “The TODAY Show” saying that he stands by all he said, with the exception of the “testy” tweet about de Blasio serving only one term.

Watch the segment via “The TODAY Show”

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