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    I'm sorry, but THUNDERSNOW just really tickles me I think they should say it at every opportunity! Ok, not helpful really, but it makes me giggle!
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    The one that always makes me cringe is the radio traffic reporters who always say "We have cleared the accident at [whatever location]." as if the reporter, himself did the clearing. Always irks me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trubandloki View Post
    Being a weatherman is the only job where you can be wrong more than you are accurate and you get to keep your job and people praise you for it.
    I am always telling people that I'd LOVE to have a job where I can be wrong 75% of the time and not get fired.

    But really, meteorology is HARD. Not just any nincompoop can become a meteorologist. I took one course in college to fulfill a science requirement - thought it'd be fun. Boy, was I wrong. Really, really difficult course.

    They do the best they can with the tools available to them.

    Snow is such a rare event here that all of the TV meteorologists (all 3 of our major stations have meteorologists, not weathermen) just go insane with near-glee when we do have more than just a dusting. In 2011 we got about 4 inches, plus some ice on top of that, and all of the coverage was done from their respective "storm centers". Like the regular studio was insufficient for reporting on snow. During one report, I commented to my husband, "If you look closely at Glen's pants, I think there's an actual bulge in the front." That's how excited they get about snow here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SillyHorse View Post
    Geez, it's a forecast, not a promise. Don't you think they do the best they can? Stop for a minute and think about all the times the've been right.

    Now, as for stupid comments, one that drives me nuts is "The accident happened around 4pm this afternoon." As opposed to what? 4pm this morning? Or maybe 4am this afternoon?
    THIS! Or the Buffalo radio station where they say "There is an accident in place on the I-90"....um, does that mean someone put it there? The usage I've always seen of those words is "We have a plan in place in case school is closed", for example.
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    Meh, I saw a documentary about all the reporters camped out in Eagle Point, CO for the Kobe Bryan (sp) trail... trying hard to make a story out of nothing on most days. The "sound and fury signifying nothing" they were paid to do bummed out many of these people who knew legitimate- from stupid journalism.

    It opened my eyes to the PITA those folks face. Sometimes they aren't stupid, but work for networks who spend fortunes setting up those bivouacs and remain reluctant to tear the whole thing down... in case something with the celebrity trial actually does happen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ShotenStar View Post
    The ones I hate are the "how does that make you feel" questions asked of relatives / neighbors after a death.

    *star*
    YES! This drives me insane too! What do they expect someone to say? "Well, Bob was a mean S.O.B. so really, he got what was coming to him. I'm glad I won't have to put up with his s*** anymore."


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    Quote Originally Posted by SillyHorse View Post
    Now, as for stupid comments, one that drives me nuts is "The accident happened around 4pm this afternoon." As opposed to what? 4pm this morning? Or maybe 4am this afternoon?
    Quote Originally Posted by arabhorse2 View Post
    As opposed to 4:00 p.m. yesterday, last Tuesday, or the past weekend.
    How about 4PM today. Any questions?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mara View Post
    Snow is such a rare event here that all of the TV meteorologists (all 3 of our major stations have meteorologists, not weathermen) just go insane with near-glee when we do have more than just a dusting. In 2011 we got about 4 inches, plus some ice on top of that, and all of the coverage was done from their respective "storm centers". Like the regular studio was insufficient for reporting on snow. During one report, I commented to my husband, "If you look closely at Glen's pants, I think there's an actual bulge in the front." That's how excited they get about snow here.
    Yeah, our weather people get what I call "weather woodies", too - snow, tornado warnings/watches, hurricanes, etc. - it all gets them going.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ShotenStar View Post
    The ones I hate are the "how does that make you feel" questions asked of relatives / neighbors after a death.
    I swear that was modi operandi for NBC Today Show's Ann Curry ... the faux empathy question in her hushed tone perched on the edge of her chair. Utterly deplorable on top of the rest of her skills suited to television market outside of the top 50.


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    Quote Originally Posted by alabama View Post
    Yeah, our weather people get what I call "weather woodies", too - snow, tornado warnings/watches, hurricanes, etc. - it all gets them going.
    roflmao!!!
    Never heard the term, but it's right on!



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    Quote Originally Posted by alabama View Post
    Yeah, our weather people get what I call "weather woodies", too - snow, tornado warnings/watches, hurricanes, etc. - it all gets them going.
    I have to admit that I get that way when exciting weather is on its way. Hi, my name is LadyNeon01 and I'm a weather nerd.

    And Mara is right, meteorology is really hard! I have no idea how I survived all the physics and calculus classes before I even got to the meteorology classes (which had more physics and calculus)!



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    I hate the drama.....CNN was going overboard (no pun intended) with the Carnaval Cruise Ship..even put a husband and wife together on the phone for the viewers' ears....I sooo wanted them to start having an inappropriate conversation about sex.

    And I swear Wolf Blitzer was about to pee in his pants reporting on Sandy Hook Elementary School...really tacky.



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    Ann Curry was the worst at asking stupid and smarmy questions..those "how did you feel after (fill in the blank worst experience imaginable) happened?" I wanted to jump through the screen and choke her. I'm sure she's a nice person, but it was pretty hard to watch.



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    The classic over-dramatization had to have been during a severe hurricane (Katrina?) when some reporter (CNN?) was sitting in a small boat talking about how severe the flooding was and someone walked behind her. The water was barely up to their ankles.

    Then there are the technical goofs... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y0CghAKgY4E
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    Ahhh I loved how he started motioning at his tie instead of the map when talking about the weather! Good sense of humor.

    I remember in the...hmm...early 90s? when TV anchors were wearing those horrible striped sweaters, you know the ones with the tiny little narrow stripes? Horizontal? And as they moved on camera, the stripes were moving up and down? That was amusing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sabino View Post
    One of my FB friends posted this. Perfect description of North Dakota weather (I'm in MN, but same difference.) Hopefully the link works.

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=237974869596198
    That made me snort more than once.



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    Me, too, Hippolyta.

    Maybe because I work from home, I see more weather stuff or something. But I've lived in Chicago (thunderstorms and blizzards) and Denver area (thunderstorms and blizzards). Here, a night of storms is all night and or day coverage. They don't interrupt regular programming but lose commercial revenue. This cell will get here at 7:20, here at 7:22, here at 7:24 here, etc and etc. Backdrop of weather radar. They will stay late into the early morning hours.
    Hello....we get it, it's gonna rain a lot and be very noisy outside. Most of us have
    radar displays on our phones.

    And snow (a rare thing here) is a winter weather event. Event seems to be the new word.

    And what's with naming snowstorms this year?????????



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    And what's with naming snowstorms this year?????????
    Yeah, especially NEMO?? Conjures up real images of terror.. A clown fish?
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    Ladyneon, 1 is my sister from anotha mister!

    I am a meteorologist, when I was on TV, I earned my AMS seal of approval. I got my degree in meteorology from the UW. It is a tough science.

    A lot of the hype seen on tv is a result of what viewers want. I now work at another university as a communications specialist and many people there forgot or don't know that I am a meteorologist because I work in this other capacity now. They wanted somebody who can understand and speak science. That would be what a meteorologist does (live in front of conservatively 10s of thousands of people) so I got the job at the U'. I am amazed at how much people talk about the weather and how much misinformation is actively repeated. I am glad I don't have to actually try to explain warm air convection vs convective activity to people who think they get it because they are armchair weather geeks critiquing those out there doing a hellova a good job.

    Thundersnow is why I studied meteorology. It is surprisingly unique in our atmosphere. If you understood thermodynamics you might have a weather woody over it too. Thundersnow is to snow as canter pirouette is to turn on the hindquarters.

    The singular of 'media' is 'medium'. Thus, it should be 'The media are stupid.' Or 'The medium of radio is outdated silliness.' If you are going to armchair quarterback, it is nice to at use words correctly.


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    The one that really get me, and I'm not sure if that happens around the country, but all the local affiliates around here do it.... is the whole "live at the scene" on the 10 o'clock news.
    Now that's fine if something is actually happening at that time, but they are usually reporting on something that happened earlier in the day. Something like this... "we now go live to our reporter Jim Bob, who's on the scene"... cut to Jim Bob standing in the dark, and in the cold " thanks, Tom, I'm standing here were at 9:30 this morning suchandsuch an incident happened. You can't see anything right now, because it's completely dark, but let me recount what happened". Then they might show some footage from earlier in the day, and some background on the story, which is cool, but what is the point in having someone "on the scene" at 10pm at night, when there is nothing there to see? Just have them report in the studio, and roll the footage from earlier in the day. ALL the local network affiliates do this stupidity.
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