Radar estimates of wind speed aren’t always the most reliable for a variety of reasons, but on Friday, forecasters in Memphis, TN opted to believe the radar instead of the surface observation. Maybe because the Millington station was reporting a 343 MPH wind gust.
NWS forecasters are public servants dedicated to preserving life and property. It should come as no surprise that they are sometimes moved by uncontrollable bursts of patriotism. Chris Hattings in Riverton, WY felt very Jeffersonian on Independence Day.
Both of these discussions have been added to the Forecast Discussion Hall of Fame.
President Obama visited the National Hurricane Center today and became, as far as I can tell, the first president to receive forecaster credit in the forecast discussion. That seemed historical enough to add to the Forecast Discussion Hall of Fame.
This one’s an oldie, but a goodie. Back in 1994, two forecasters wrote the state forecast discussion for Colorado in verse. Thanks to a submission from Tanja Fransen, it has now been added to the Forecast Discussion Hall of Fame.
You have probably already seen an early-morning AFD from Juneau making the rounds on the Internet. The forecaster compares selecting a model to speed dating. Although the bulk of the humor is in the first paragraph, the theme persists through the rest. Certainly this is a cultural touchstone worthy of enshrining in the Forecast Discussion Hall of Fame.
As a Christmas gift to you, my dear reader, I have added two new entries to the Forecast Discussion Hall of Fame. Forecasters from WFO Lubbock put their area forecast discussion to the tune of “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas”. It’s pretty fantastic. Texas is apparently very Christmasty this year, as WFO Brownsville has included Santa in their discussion as well.
Because I’m in a giving mood, here’s a picture that WFO Miami posted earlier tonight. It looks like Santa will get his cookies at cruising altitude.
A sounding balloon with cookies attached launched by the National Weather Service Office in Miami.
This has been a good week for the National Weather Service. Two new discussions have been added to the Hall of Fame.
I added an Area Forecast Discussion from the NWS office in Minneapolis to the Forecast Discussion Hall of Fame. It nearly was rejected on the grounds that it said “Groundhog’s Day” instead of “Groundhog Day”, but I was feeling generous and so overlooked the error.
The Forecast Discussion Hall of Fame has three new entries. Two are submitted by loyal “fans” of the site, and the third is sort of a big thing in the news right now.
The Forecast Discussion Hall of Fame has a new entry tonight. It seems a forecaster in the Nashville office has worked one too many midnight shifts. The latest addition includes allusions to dog waste and a discussion of the use of prepositions to end sentences. Enjoy!
Thanks to Tony Cristaldi, I’ve added a couple of new discussions to the Hall of Fame. They’re a bit hard to read because they’re scans of printed discussions from 17 years ago. I can’t say much for the meteorological quality of the discussions because I haven’t actually read them. The real beauty is in the artwork. I hope Forecaster Moore got as much enjoyment writing these and I’ve had looking at them.