Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Have you hugged your weatherperson today?

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Today is World Meteorological Day so if you get near a weather forecaster today give them a hug, or a slap, depending on your satisfaction with their forecast I suppose.

Personally I think that this job needs to be applauded not for it's impact on the world but for their social accomplishments. What other career allows you to jet from event to event while being wrong in your core function and still keep your job. If you were in charge of finance for your company and you kept changing your report every day from great to broke and back again then you would likely be looking for a job in the near future. They try to baffle you with fancy radar maps and aerial views then when your brain has gone numb from science, they simplify it with icons that make us understand the pressure highs and lows are supposed to make it sunny, cloudy, dry, rainy and so on (I think they don't know either and it's all a smokescreen)...

The lack of consistency and accuracy is made up for by the fact that the media hires the most charismatic and entertaining types to fill these positions. We love our meteorologists not for their forecasts, but for their hijinks. Our local weatherman has gotten in to so many things over the years the city just watches to see what he's up to next. Hats off to Matt for making himself so loved in the community that he can be on the TV and the radio while sneaking into every major event in town.

My personal favourite in the Meteorology category comes in the form of Groundhog Day in which Bill Murray is forced to relive the same day until he learns how to fix his life. This could work for real life weather forecasters. We should have the ability to make them live the same day over and over again until such time as they get the forecast right. Maybe that what fate was trying to get Bill to do but it just gave up when he learned a life lesson instead.

That's enough for now. I have to get ready to leave and pack my clothing for rain, snow, moderate cloud and clear sun today....

How's your forecast look and do you trust it any more than your local politicians?


Blogger JODSTER said...

If it is partly cloudy, isn't also partly sunny?

Could we always err on the side of optimism?

And that Matt is a handsome man, I must say...

11:00:00 AM  
Blogger happyandblue2 said...

Weather men, politicians, bass guitar players..All men kept around soley to amuse us..

7:23:00 PM  

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