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.
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.
This has been a good week for the National Weather Service. Two new discussions have been added to the Hall of Fame.
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.
- An Area Forecast Discussion from the Anchorage, AK office. This is a long one, and you have to be patient for the humor. (submitted by Ian Blaylock)
- A NHC discussion for Hurricane Kirk earlier this year. Star Trek jokes are a good way to punch your ticket into the Hall of Fame. (submitted by Jill)
- The preliminary extended forecast discussion from the HPC for the effects of Hurricane Sandy (a.k.a. “Frankenstorm“)
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.
A reader named Jill passed a few discussions to me recently. They’re National Hurricane Center discussions about two storms that refused to die: 2002’s Hurricane Kyle and 2005’s Hurricane Epsilon (which was notable enough just for being a December Hurricane). I’ve added them to the Forecast Discussion Hall of Fame page at http://weather.funnelfiasco.com/fd-hof/.