Saturday, August 25, 2007

Weather Personalities...Let's Fire Them!!



It's hot here today, about 95 degrees Fahrenheit or for the rest of the world 35 Celsius. Let's not forget the 51% humidity, it feels like you could cut the air with a knife. Enough of my complaining though, the Air Conditioner is on downstairs and I'll go down there when I'm done sweating over this post. Of course, I also have help from a cold bottle of Corona Beer.....

While it's hot,

it's nothing like Florida where people are dying because of the heat. We've had our share of rain but at least we aren't being flooded like so many in Texas, Wisconsin, Ohio...heck it seems like everywhere except the North East some kind of really bad weather event happens every year. We did have some flooding in this area late last year, but nothing compared to what happens elsewhere.

Which brings me to my point..,T.V. Weather People. A recap on the weather channel of historic storms might be informative, but why the hell do we send some nitwit with a microphone down to the oceans edge to report the weather during a hurricane?? Shouldn't they be making their way to higher ground.

I saw a woman on MSNBC standing in flood waters with a microphone wearing matching pink rubber boots and a pink sweater, I was gratified to see her so well put together in the midst of this destructive flood in Ohio. She was filmed waving at people who were being evacuated from the area....they were not nearly as well dressed.




I don't see where TV can really help anyway..A good ol battery powered radio and a static ridden voice telling you "Evacuate Essex County because if you don't get out within the next 5 hours you may DIE" is a much more convincing news statement than some Pink Booted Weather Girl standing in a puddle....I think David Lettermen started his career as a weatherman...that was before we called them meteorologists.


They show up at all the storms so that they can bring the pain and misery of others to your family room, but no-one asks the real question.....

"Sir, why did you build your house so close to the river????"

Honestly between the Talking Head weather "Personality" and the guy whose house gets flooded every couple years I don't know which one gets me more irritated.

I mean we have a few around here that do this too..They build a house so close to the ocean that when a winter storm comes along it washes part of the land away from their house. Sometimes it exposes their foundation or the damn thing just gets carried away in pieces. We see them interview the unlucky slobs but really, we know that the ocean kicks it up a notch during storms. What were they thinking in the first place??




Build where there is a rock bed not on the sand!! Haven't they ever built a sand castle before. If you go to the beach the next day your sand castle is usually gone because the tide comes in, even more during a storm. DUH!!

But all this weather reporting can really sell stuff. If there is the slightest chance a hurricane is coming toward Massachusetts we are going to have Special Weather Updates and hours and hours of extra weather news.

And they smile,

The Weather People that is, having bad weather even close by makes their day. They get to tell us unendingly about what "might happen" We learn new weather terminology and see a buffed up and enlarged weather staff. They will even have commercials telling us little snippets of the bad weather to come..urging us to watch more later....if it was serious shouldn't they just tell us right then and there??

I remember a vacation several years ago when a hurricane was making its way up the east coast. I was on Cape Cod in a swanky resort. The entire week all that was on the TV was news about the STORM. The resort closed down and instead of leaving that Sunday we had to pack up and leave on Saturday. It barely rained and we had a little wind, oh and I lost a day of vacation to Weather Hype.

Yeah, not a bad job though. I mean where else can you be wrong on a regular basis and still have a job the next day. Screw Painting...I am gonna be a Weatherman and here is my forecast:

It's hot, it's gonna be hot for the rest of the day...it might rain tonight so button up your skylights before you go to bed...oh and let me read the same thing you could read on the Internet whenever you want and not have to deal with TV Weather People.........

Join with me and call for an end to TV Weather People except for the cute ones !!

25 comments:

Attila The Mom said...

Off with their heads!!!

TOM said...

Atilla I like your spirit..I'll go warm up the guillotine !!

choochoo said...

can we have a special dungeon to torture the ones who think they're communicating with their hands?

Janey... said...

Indeed they have THE job...I could say, "Partly sunny with a chance of showers..." too...

Speaking of the "cute ones," have you ever noticed on The Weather Channel, that the women don't stay long because they end up pregnant??? I'm not quite sure how to draw a conclusion there........

As for houses in flood plains...I lived in one...I didn't build it, and it wasn't a mansion but rather a little dinky cottage in what's now a national park...but I understand why people feel compelled to get as close to beauty as they can...
I tripped down memory lane in my blog about my house being swallowed by The Potomac River if you'd like to re-visit my blog sometime...
http://furtheronup.blogspot.com/2006_01_01_archive.html
2nd story down...

Thanks for stopping by...

TOM said...

Choo Choo, YES< and you will be in charge!!

unowho said...

Some of the weather-people really are degreed meteorologists (think that is how you spell it) and some coverage is important. However, TV seems to think constant repetition is what everyone needs...duh. Blow by blow description is boring and most of us don't listen after the 10th time it is repeated!!!

Kuanyin said...

Heh heh...the last line was a good one! Heck, I say fire them all. You can keep the cute ones! Good post!

Sean said...

Our weekly forcast from today to Friday they pay for this information 74, 77, 76, 76, 76. There, that's what our weatherman tells us for the week and he goes between mostly sunny or partly cloudy depending on his mood. And just so they don't come off sounding useless, they've dubbed our whole region a "micro-climate region", talk about polishing a turd.

-Sean Diego

TOM said...

Janey, I wonder if they are giving birth to our future meteorologists..you know those new weather maps they use on TV are kinda spooky, almost like alien technology..

Kuanyin, I would keep the cute ones but Janey tells me they keep ending up pregnant!!

Sean, see you've got some new terminology there "micro climate region" I would never have known that..and they get paid to tell us theses useless pieces of information!@!

Kuanyin said...

Hey! I gave you a "Nice" award...you can collect it on another one of my blogs, The Art of Living and Dying...that is, if you want it. :-)

chicken little said...

Hey SEAN DIEGO: Sounds like life is pretty uneventful for your weather people out there. Thankfully, they get to comment on an occasional earthquake or forest fire. What a job!!!!!

Robert said...

Bruce Schwoegler, former chief meteorologist at Boston's WBZ-TV, lost his job after publicly criticizing TV news broadcasts for over-emphasizing coverage of bad weather.

Me again

Sally said...

Over-emphasizing coverage of bad weather leads to people ignoring warnings of truly bad weather...

montchan (MJ Bliss) said...

here they have it easy.
They just say, it will be cold and rainy. They say that for about 3 months. And then they change to, it will be freezing and snowing. And they do it for about 8 months. And the month in between, they just alternate.
Today we have a steaming 10C (50F) and let me tell you, we are happy. It's an improvement over the past few days of 4 to 6C.
We'll guessing it will start snowing early this year...

me not happy, me not happy...

TOM said...

Kuanyin, I wonder if those weather people think I'm nice??

Chicken Little: Life must have a lot of unhappy weather people, nothing to report!

Robert, I was always wondering what happened to Bruce!!

Sally, You are right...you love hearing that don't you??

Montchan; sounds like the Reverse San Diego weather report..Brrrr?

BookTestOnline/Elizabeth said...

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Funny post about the
weather people. The B&W photos
great too. I found your blog
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I try to send you an email.
Elizabeth Grace
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Sally said...

Tom, yes. So, don't ever stop! ;-)

Sally said...

Tom, the Red Sox sure know how to test their fans! Grrrrrrrrrrrr!!

TOM said...

Sally, They're testing me that's for sure!! It hurts so bad to see Clemens pitch well!!Sorry I meant to say Watch the Red Sox bat so poorly, Clemens is a BUM

Still the Yanks are still behind us, as they should be!!

unowho said...

You have the Orioles to look forward to this weekend.....hopefully the Red Sox are up to this challenge!

Anonymous said...

As far as earthquakes go, we haven't had anything signifigant and the three that I've been in they registered a whopping 4.3/4.5/4.4 respectively. One I was have asleep through the other occured while I was on the 17 floor of a highrise, I didn't even feel it. The other was in the middle of the day and this one lady(from California no less) freaked out just so she could go home and all that really happened was a light shook. Ridiculous. As far as fires are concerned, it's like the people that decide to live in flood prone areas, it's going to happen just don't live below the river line(in a trailer) or in dry brush on the side of a mountain and you should be all right:)

Oh, and it hasn't rained in over three months and on top of that it's sunny and 70 about 275 days a year. I'll take that thanks........Extreme.....

-Hollywood

TOM said...

Hollywood, 3 earthquakes, no rain/water and fire...Sounds like Paradise!!

Robert said...
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Robert said...

Go to this link to read Bruce Schwoegler's thoughts on weathercasters "Showboating."

http://sciencepolicy.colorado.edu/zine/archives/32/correspond.html

Bruce is now chairman of MySky Communications.

Anonymous said...

You're right.

And I'm quoting....

"From 100 mph winds and 104 heat to over 100 inches of snow in a season, it is a proven fact-Just 20 feet above sea level, tucked in along the East Coast at 42.2N latitude and 71 W longitude, the city sits at the perfect spot to experience some of the worst weather nature has to offer. From hurricanes to heat waves, nasty thunderstorms to Nor'easters, from icy winds to ice storms.

You don't have to shovel or scrape shaking. No one has basements, they're all ready for it.

As far as fires go, they're called "fire fighters".

*golf clap*

-I believe I've made my point.