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Best. Weather Man. EVER.

This weather man is by far the biggest spaz about weather who ever existed EVER. But I love how much of a spaz he is. I mean think about it – how BORING must reporting on weather be? It’s not like you ever have anything new and exciting happening in weather in Baltimore. You pretty much have rain or sun or snow. So who can blame the guy for flipping the freak out about a BIG snow?

I love him. LOVE.

Question.

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So, this is the forecast for Indy this weekend. Nice, right?  But can someone please explain to me the nuances between “mostly sunny” and “partly cloudy” and “mostly cloudy” and “partly sunny?”

I’m looking at the Saturday forecast that says mostly sunny, which to me implies that there will be very few clouds.  And yet, there is more cloud cover in that picture than in the one for Sunday’s forecast, which says “partly cloudy.”  Wouldn’t you think that “mostly sunny” would have LESS cloud cover in the picture than “partly cloudy?” 

You can imagine, then, my total bewilderment about how much sun to expect tomorrow.   I mean, if I’m to believe the picture, then there’s going to be a lot of clouds.  And yet the description reads, “mostly sunny.”  FOR THE LOVE OF GOD WHICH IS IT?

If I were in charge of weather descriptions and weather pictures, I would establish a rule that you could never again use the word “partly” to describe the weather.  Only “mostly.”  That way, if it’s going to be “mostly sunny” people know that for the most part, they can expect a good deal of sun, but they might see a cloud or too.  And if it’s going to be “mostly cloudy” then they’ll know that the sun may only peek out once or twice during the day.  These “partly’s” are totally throwing me for a loop, and the pictures only exacerbate the problem.

Then again, it’s Indiana, so it’s not entirely out of the realm of possibility that it could snow tomorrow.

P.S. Don't forget! County/State Fair photo contest going on RIGHT NOW! See here for details: FAIR CONTEST!

Today’s Happenings

So posting is pretty much going to be non-existent until late this evening, you guys, and here’s why.

Today, Daisy and I are headed downtown to SPEAK at our local Tea Party.  I know.  Can you even believe it?  US.  And Tea Party organizers met us beforehand and everything, and yet they still want us to come help rally the crowd.  Even after meeting us.

Only here’s the problem.  The weather today BLOWS CHUNKS.  I’m so annoyed by it – especially since yesterday was gorgeous and tomorrow WILL be gorgeous.  But today?  The actual day that people typically want to be outside and watch fireworks and make plans and stuff?  CRAP.  In fact, it’s not just supposed to rain – it’s supposed to be all thundery and stormy and downpoury and scary out. 

So instead of speaking in front of potentially thousands of people, quite likely Daisy and I will be speaking in front of approximately 4 people.  I guess the bright side is that I probably have less of a reason to be nervous.  But I feel really badly for the organizers who have poured money and time into making this a great event. 

Anyway, I’ll be back later this evening after I catch pneumonia from being outside all day in the elements.  YAY!

You Know What I Hate?

Weather forecasters. They lie all the time, and they’re wrong all the time, and yet they never get in trouble for it. This is one of the only jobs I can think of where this level of inaccuracy and error never results in any sort of consequences.

A few years ago, when I had the good fortune to travel to Australia’s east coast with my husband for 10 days, I would turn on the news while Mr. Mock was showering and the local weatherpeople would describe the day’s weather outlook as “fine.” I loved this. “What’s the weather going to be like today?” my husband would shout from the bathroom. “They say it’s going to be fine,” I would shout back. And it was. It was always fine. Australia is so totally awesome.

Anyway, in Indiana, the weatherpeople should be trained to just say they don’t know what the weather’s going to be like, because then at least I could have some respect for them. They should say, “You know what, Indiana? Weather here sucks a great deal of the time, and it may or may not suck today. Take some sunscreen, a raincoat, and a sled with you when you leave the house, and you should be all set.  Oh yeah -if there’s a severe thunderstorm threat, you can count on us to interrupt any and all tv shows that you like so that we can blather on about it for way longer than we need to.  However, we won’t KNOW if there is a severe thunderstorm threat until golf ball sized hail is in the process of damaging your cars.  Have a great day!” 

This video has nothing to do with weatherpeople and everything to do with people who annoy you with nothing but talk of the weather. I had to post it, because I’m pretty sure Holmes has wanted to give the same speech like 17 different times in his career here. Enjoy!

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