Introducing RAGECAST!

Tornado Warnin'I had this idea last year, but too late in the lower midwest’s spring tornado season to implement it. That and the tornadoes that were happening were killing people – if I did start it last year, it’d be “too soon.” Ah, who am I kidding, it’s probably still “too soon”, but this is meant to lift spirits and incite laughter, not to poke fun at anyone’s grievous losses.

Tomorrow is my immediate area’s first day of 2014 in the cross-hatched bubble. Actually, back up – let me explain. Read More

Weather wake-up call

One of the cats woke me up shortly before 2am. She was very insistent about it. She then led me into my room and jumped up on my desk, drawing my attention to the giant bow echo that’s on a beeline for us by way of Tulsa and OKC. Fascinating. Is the weather radar display on enough that even a cat has some inkling as to how to interpret it, just from sheer repeat exposure? It’ll be interesting to see if this is a recurring phenomenon.

Olivia is all over it
And yes, it was actually this cat

Cute kittehs with awareness of severe weather could really shake up the TV WX biz, too. *rubs hands together greedily* Contact me the Green Agency for more information. We have a variety of photogenic weather kittehs available to do custom forecasts and weather cut-ins.

The sound of TERROR

To the Max, manAs I’ve gotten older, I’ve developed an occasional fascination with reading up on stuff that scared the hell out of me as a kid, even if the scare-the-hell-out-of-me factor was impossibly silly and irrational. I’ve gotten to where I value reason, and knowing, over knee-jerk emotional reactions. (Let’s face it, in this house, I kinda have to be the one to do that.) Sometimes it’s something as silly as figuring out why a certain movie freaked me out as a kid. Sometimes it’s about figuring out more about a specific sound used to scare the hell out of me. Something like this sound. Read More

Mixed Signals II: tonight’s forecast is…. gguuhhhhh.

Today's forecastSit back for this one. I’m about to tell you how I became a teevee weatherman. And what happened to the teevee weatherman I replaced.

Weather in a broadcast venue has always completely fascinated me. How the hell do these guys know this stuff? Of course, now I know: the nice government-employed meteorologists at the National Weather Service do most of the legwork for them. The TV guys said it with personality. Or at least that’s what it says on the job description when you sign on the dotted line. Read More