So I'm Writing About Weather?

I like weather. It varies enough around here that a five day forecast can be interesting.

I especially like it when something extreme is coming up.

Online I use Accuweather, Weather Underground, NOAA, and Weather dot com and then decide for myself what the weather will be. I think Accuweather is the most accurate around here.

When I was a kid we had three sources of weather; the newspaper, the radio and the local 6 PM television news. That was it and it was all dated by the time I saw it.

The TV guy, Skip Carpenter, wasn’t a meteorologist just a TV personality like the sports guy wasn’t an athlete. The weatherman drew weather maps on a big cartoon map of the US with a big fat magic marker.

I cartoon map and magic marker was the technology of the day until the giant leap to “Probability of Precipitation” came on the scene when the National Weather service assigned a percentage to whether it was going to rain or not.

I guess that was their way of telling the public, “You figure it out.”

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Phfrankie Bondo said...

I particulary enjoyed the era of the Weather Girls, who would stand behing the clear plexiglass maps and write BACKWARDS with their big fat Magic Markers...

Judy said...

Oh, how our Daddy loved to sit in the kitchen with his coffee and listen to the radio when they were predicting snow. He would love todays technology wouldn't he. or maybe it would take some of the fun out of it for him.

Sigado said...

I liked Jerry Peterson on channel 9..."looks like some thunderboomers in the area folks"

terri said...

I checked one of our local stations for the immediate forecast yesterday. It was already snowing quite heavily when I checked at 4 pm and I wanted to know when it might let up. The report said, "Snow after midnight." I think it had actually quit long before then.

Peach Pod said...

I use to like when they had those giant stickers or magnets of suns and raindrops they would slap on the maps and they would fall off sometimes! The best was when the same sticker would fall off 2 or 3 times in a row and they would give up!