Area Forecast Discussions issued by NOAA’s National Weather Service offices three or four times each day and, depending on local weather conditions, are often updated several times within a few hours. As a part of the forecasting process, it’s important to read the discussions after you have already made your own preliminary forecast and check how well your forecast blends with the discussions. They have valuable information that’s often invaluable to the weather enthusiast. Though a word of warning: they are often filled with technical (aka meteorological or physics-based) terminology that will be Greek to 99.99999999% of the general public.
But on occasion, there’s a discussion issued with a dose of humor. That happened on 03.01.09 in the following discussion. Pay particular attention to the paragraph in italics.
FXUS64 KTSA 031635
AREA FORECAST DISCUSSION
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TULSA OK
1035 AM CST SUN JAN 3 2010
SLOWLY WHITTLING AWAY WWA…ONLY THREE EASTERN
ARKANSAS COUNTIES LEFT. INCLUDED BRIEF RISK
FREEZING DRIZZLE FAR NE OK…THANKS ICT FOR
NORTH OF THE BORDER INFO. ALSO TRIMMED TEMPS
A BIT NORTHERN ZONES.
COULD SEE TEMPS THURS/FRIDAY COLDER THAN WE’VE
HAD THIS DECADE…I SUPPOSE CENTURY…BUT WITH
ONLY TEN YEARS THAT JUST DOESN’T SOUND RIGHT..
MAKES GREAT HYPE THOUGH!
You’ve got to love a meteorologist with a great sense of humor. Besides, at 10:35 AM on a Sunday morning in Tulsa, OK…what else is there to do?