Friday, April 23, 2010

You're Gonna What?!?!

I am highly amused when I watch the weather. Have you ever noticed how most weatherpersons (I'm being politically correct today) really, really like their jobs? They get so excited as they watch a weather front come through. They explain what's happening. They show you the radar. Then they show you the map of what will happen over the next three hours. They show you the really cool moving map three times while they're talking, and then they say, "Now watch this!" and they turn to look at the map with us. It's always more fun when we see it all together.

In addition to their enthusiasm, they have cool toys. I always get tickled when a weatherperson (I'm PC, I told you!) is trying to do a projection of the path of a storm and they can't get the computer to work. You can see their little mouse moving frantically across the screen, but that projection funnel just won't hold.

Weatherpersons (do I really have to explain this again?) are probably really good with directions too. Have you ever noticed how they project the time that a storm is going to hit certain locales? No more of this, "It's going to be rainy and storming tonight." Now they can predict that the storm will hit Connors Landing at 8:15 and Miltonville at 8:22. And they say these towns as if they know exactly where they are. I get the impression they stopped at the Piggly-Wiggly in Miltonville just last night.

One of the aspects I find most humorous is a weatherperson's optimism. They explain that there will be showers in the morning, and then instead of saying cloudy in the afternoon, they'll say something like, "And we're going to try and move this rain off the coast by 2:00."

Really? How are you planning on doing that? Hooking it up to the back of your pickup?

 Or they'll say "we're going to try and get it up to 85 today for you."

 Seriously? You'd do that just for me? Are you gonna use heaters, or what? On a first name basis with the sun? Gonna talk another degree or two out of him, are you?

I actually remember the weatherman my folks watched while I was growing up. His name was Dr. David Easter. (I don't know if he was really a doctor of meteorology or not). He was so enthusiastic he almost climbed into the camera to tell you about the weather for today.

When we lived in Alabama, we had a weatherman who issued his own storm and tornado warnings. He didn't always agree with the National Weather Service, so he issued his own warnings when he felt it was appropriate. They usually came within a minute or two of the NWS, but he had his own way of calling it and he refused to change.

So, are you optimistic? Like working with advanced equipment? Feel pretty strong in your ability to affect major fronts? Then maybe being a weatherperson is your dream come true.

They never get it right anyway!


  1. My husband and I say the weather people (I can be pc too) are never happier than when a WINTER STORM WATCH is in effect. They are the only ones who love that!

  2. Look at you! All PC and everything! :)

  3. our local weatherpeople (I'll be PC too) seem to get a little thrill whenever a hurricane comes a calling...

  4. China shot things into the clouds (or something like that) to get rid of the rain during their Olympic Opening Ceremonies 0n 08. I don't know if it was supposed to work for the rest of the 16 days or not though, but it didn't.

    Out here I've seen shorts & t-shirts summer heat - a snowstorm - to hail - wind within the matter of an hour. Our weatherman usually say something like this "Tomorrow we'll have some sun, maybe some cloud cover and there's a chance of rain as well."

  5. I think my local weatherman looks like a baby duck. Is that terrible? I just think of a baby duck with fuzzy yellow feathers and a long neck EVERY time I look at him.


  6. Hey Jill. Just wanted to drop by and say "Hi!"

    My blog has been set to private now and if you'd still like to follow alonng, just email me at and I'll send you an invite, too.

    Take care my friend! {hugs}


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