Gut Rumbles

June 13, 2006

the weather channel

I have the weather channel playing on my television now, mainly so I can see the local radar and learn what's going on with Alberto's bad self. Rain has been falling in a steady drizzle for almost two hours now, and there's a lot more where that came from, at least according to the Weather Channel.

We NEED the rain here.

And I NEED my weather channel. We never had that glitzy crap when I was a boy, so we had to do forecasting the old fashioned way, just as Recondo 32 says today when he's feeling philosophical.

"We had a Weather Channel. It was called The Fuckin' Window! (pronounced "winder" by true red-necks) You looked outside, and if you saw rain, you wore a raincoat. If it was bright and sunny, you didn't want to go outside at all. Too got-dam HOT!"

Technology ain't got a damn thing on old red-necks.


Contractors need acurate weather.....period

I go straight to the NWS feeds.

Y'all cn do that with ya intanet /;~)

Posted by: Wes Jackson on June 13, 2006 10:12 AM

I have a built in weather eye, it's my back and leggs. I know when it's going to rain and have bad weather. Wish I could make money off of it.

Posted by: Catfish on June 13, 2006 10:13 AM

I have been totally bored by weather news ever since I learned the latest tropical storm was going to hit someone else.

Posted by: Steve H. on June 13, 2006 11:10 AM

Recondo and I have the same (got-damned) "weather channel"... (and thank you for making laugh out loud before I killed somebody around here this morning... Ain't I in a mood... jeezus.)

My stupid mother used to have that damned weather channel on all the time and not just to track storms, either.
I don't know what her fascination was with it....

But, her obssession with it is what caused me to first say that about twenty years ago.

"Hey, ma... ya know what? You've had a "weather channel" your whole life... ", while pointing at the nearest window.

These days, I mostly just read Yahoo's weather forecast.
They're every bit as inaccurate as every other source of weather forecasting, but at least with Yahoo, it's not a human being standing there, grinning like a jackass, lying through his or her teeth to me about what's gonna happen.

What we need to start doing is shooting these shitheads in the face- live, in the middle of a broadcast, too- when they're wrong.

I betcha that'd make for more "accurate" forecasts and it'd also cut way down on their propensity to grin like hyenas while they're forecasting snow as high as an elephants ass.

I hate weather people.
(Can ya tell? I'm not too obvious, am I?)

Posted by: Stevie on June 13, 2006 11:59 AM

Weather is amazing. I LOVE the weather station. It's the only reason I subscribe to cable. But then I've always been a big fan of fantasy fiction.

Posted by: Libby on June 13, 2006 12:06 PM

I could ALWAYS smell snow coming in the mountains where I grew up -- a very distinct smell and I was always right. Now my knees when I wake up are a pretty acute gauge of the humidity in the air on any given day. At least as accurate as the weather guys!

Posted by: Marianne on June 13, 2006 12:07 PM

Up here in Connecticut if the cows at the local farm are lying down, bad weather is on the way. This is only good for the next 24 hours or so, but the Weather Channel isn't good for much farther out than that either.

Posted by: Eric on June 13, 2006 12:33 PM

All of you who are talking about your bodies telling you when the weather's changing somewhat dramatically are correct.

I was recently working with a pain managment physician here in my area, and we got onto the topic of the weather.

He told me of some huge (tens of thousands of folks participating) study in which the researchers asked the participants with chronic pain conditions like arthritis, fibromyalgia, etc., to keep detailed pain journals for a number of years.

After collecting all of these journals (taken from people all across the country), and cross referencing them with Nat'l Weather Service records of weather, the primary determining factors for "flare ups" of pain were dramatic changes (increases or decreases) in temperature, humidity, and barometric pressure.

In the big picture, it makes sense. Our bodies are mostly all water anyway. Water clearly reacts in extreme ways when those atmospheric changes are present, so why not your old stiff knees and bad backs?

The pain doc's suggestion was to move to Hawaii, where the weather's almost always a constant 70-ish degrees.

I'm thinking about taking him up on that idea.

Posted by: DrawingDead on June 13, 2006 03:30 PM
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