June 08, 2007

What To Do With That Brand New English Major

Start writing forecast copy for Weather Underground:

Those with outdoor activities this evening should keep an eye on the sky and be prepared to seek shelter if threatening weather approaches. Widely scattered thunderstorms will roam the Shenandoah Valley and Piedmont region of north central Virginia this evening...with more isolated activity expected across the Baltimore and Washington Metro areas. Meanwhile...a line of intense thunderstorms will be moving into the Appalachians from the Ohio Valley by sunset. Thunderstorms this evening have the potential to produce wind gusts of 35 mph...a brief heavy rain up to an inch...and dangerous lightning.

I've subscribed to this site for several years now, as it simply has the very best weather service available. However, while it may just be my imagination, it seems to me that the forecast language has definitely gotten somewhat more flowery of late.

Posted by Robert at June 8, 2007 04:25 PM | TrackBack

Dangerous lightning.... as opposed to the safe kind.

And those with outdoor activities should keep and eye on the sky because we still don't know to forecast the weather.

Posted by: Zendo Deb at June 10, 2007 01:24 PM

Some overnight Weather Channel local writer penned the greatest current situatiuon blurb ever. I was living in Denton at the time, so it was the Dallas local forecast. This was back around 1995.

"Currently: Seventy-four degrees. Calm, clear, and still beneath star-lit skies."

I about cried. Definitely a poet being consumed by the corporate machine.

Posted by: Hucbald at June 10, 2007 10:57 PM

I kind of like the idea of scattered thunderstorms roaming a valley. Top of the clouds are probably slicked back, and they're wearing leather jackets, just looking for trouble.

Posted by: rbj at June 11, 2007 07:08 AM

Even the National Weather Service forecast discussions are getting florid. Part of the one issued this morning reads:


I'm glad I live in the far northeast part of the county warning area, but I still hate it for the folks who live in the southwest part. Beast instability is, uh, a real beast.

Posted by: pep at June 11, 2007 09:48 AM