NWS Forecaster Seeks True Love with Models

NWS Forecaster Seeks True Love with Models

It gets lonely for a meteorologist all the way up in Alaska, so it's not surprising to see a forecaster for the National Weather Service office in Juneau posting a dating show-esque discussion about the day's weather models.

NWS meteorologists around the country are known to break the monotony every once and a while by writing humorous Area Forecast Discussions, or the scientific justification for the day's batch of forecasts. It's often the only product that meteorologists personally write without the help of pre-filled text, so it gives them a chance to add a little personality to the otherwise boring inside baseball.

"WOODY!," the self-stylized name of a meteorologist at the NWS office in Washington D.C., is widely known in the weather community for using humor whenever he writes his forecasts. The National Hurricane Center also has fun when the occasion calls for it. During the shutdown of the federal government last October, a forecaster for the NWS office in Anchorage, Alaska hid a subtle message in the day's forecast discussion, with the first letter of each line spelling out "PLEASE PAY US."

Mika McKinnon over at io9's excellent sub-blog Space covered the excitement in Juneau the other day.

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Pending approvalOriginal post by Mika McKinnon on Space

Sexy Weather Forecast for Juneau, Alaska

Residents of Juneau, Alaska were caught between checking the weather and voyeurism on Tuesday morning. The weather forecast took an intimate turn, lingering over each available weather model before taking a foray into bittersweet regrets over the weather model picked after a too-brief encounter.

Sexy Weather Forecast for Juneau, Alaska

The forecast sets the intimate tone for the evening right away, starting off:

PICKING A MODEL OF CHOICE FOR THE DAY IS A LITTLE LIKE SPEED-DATING: TOO LITTLE TIME/INFORMATION TO MAKE UP THE MIND LEADING TO REGRETS BY THE END OF THE DATE/SHIFT. THE AMERICAN NAM IS MODERN, DETAIL-ORIENTED, PROLIFIC, WILLING IF A LITTLE IMPETUOUS AND INCREDIBLY REACTIONARY. THE AMERICAN GFS—THE MODEL NEXT DOOR—QUITE OLD FASHIONED, AN OPEN BOOK, EASY ON THE EYES IF A LITTLE STAID AT TIMES. ALWAYS TALKING ABOUT THE FUTURE WHILE WHITE-WASHING THE PRESENT. THE CANADIAN SOMETIMES A LITTLE PRO-EUROPEAN SOMETIMES A LITTLE PRO AMERICAN...MANY TIMES HARD TO READ, BUT OFTEN HAS A SUNNIER OUTLOOK THAN THE OTHERS. TOO SUNNY SOMETIMES. AND THAT EUROPEAN ONE...INTELLIGENT, TREND- SETTING, AND ALLURING— ONLY APPEARING TWICE A DAY—MAKES ME WANT MORE. AND TODAY I WANTED MORE AGAIN SO I MADE MY SELECTION. BUT SOMETIMES I LOOK BACK AND WONDER WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN.

The forecast continues on to compare how the different models predicted the day's weather, most predicting an afternoon storm while one stubbornly insisted on a dry day yet best identified overnight showers:

AND AS I TAKE MY EUROPEAN DATE ON MY WAY...NAM WHISPERS..."YOU WON`T NEED AN UMBRELLA IN JUNEAU"...AND WINKS MY WAY. BUT I WILL WEAR MY RAINCOAT...BUT WONDER IF NAM IS RIGHT.

Clearly, someone has been locking the forecasters in their offices again.

Read the full (real!) forecast here. Image credit NOAA. Via Slate.

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