A couple of friends independently directed me to a recent forecast discussion from Peachtree (Atlanta). Forecaster Kyle Thiem embraced his inner poet when he wrote the long-term discussion entirely in haiku. (Full disclosure: I didn’t count syllables to verify.) The discussion is now forever enshrined in 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.
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“)
I’ve considered making the three-hour drive to Cincinnati on Sunday to attend the Pirates/Reds game. Not so much because I care about either team, but because MLB has decided to allow Pete Rose to be honored for the 25th anniversary of his breaking Ty Cobb’s all-time hit record. It’s ironic that he will miss the day that MLB says is the 25th anniversary because of a pre-scheduled engagement at a casino. It seems appropriate for a guy who earned himself a permanent ban from baseball by betting on games. He may be the most talented player to receive the ban hammer since Shoeless Joe Jackson, the difference being Rose actually deserves the ban.
By the same token, all of the betting in the world doesn’t give him 4296 hits or a lifetime batting average of .303. Those were earned bit-by-bit over the course of 24 seasons. Whatever he may be off the field, on the field he’s Charlie Hustle. Being a great athlete does not excuse anything, but I’m glad Rose’s accomplishments are being honored this weekend. After all, he’s not receiving a humanitarian award. Besides, if a complete jackass like Ty Cobb can be in the Hall of Fame, the least we can do is let Pete Rose get a round of applause.