OMSZ Head Fired Over Wrong Aug 20 Weather Forecast

Weather

Minister of Technology and Industry László Palkovics has decided to fire the National Meteorological Service's (OMSZ) president and vice president, after the service's prediction of a storm for the night of August 20 turned out to be wrong, according to a report by Hvg.hu.

Palkovics dismissed the president of the National Meteorological Service (OMSZ), Kornélia Radics, and its vice president, Gyula Horváth, with immediate effect, the ministry said on Monday afternoon. Their replacements will be decided later on.

The firings come after the OMSZ issued a weather forecast on Saturday that led the operational corps responsible for the safety of the St. Stephen's Day festivities to decide to postpone the fireworks display in Budapest just eight hours before the scheduled 9 p.m. start last Saturday. In the end, the predicted storm did not arrive.

There is no publicly available information on who exactly made the final decision to postpone the fireworks, according to the report.

The postponed firework show, dubbed "Europe's largest" by organizers, is planned to be held on August 27.

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