Friday, November 06, 2009

Winter's Coming - A Friday Flash 55

“News Channel 10 here interrupting you to bring the latest on Arctic Blast 2009! We’ve got every weather person and reporter wanna-be on the streets tonight. We’ll bring you a taped broadcast of a snowflake that actually fell onto one of our reporter’s shoulders earlier tonight.”

This is the reality of winter reporting in Portland.

39 comments:

Mrsupole said...

Two in a row. Yippeee!!!!

Mrsupole said...

Sunshine, no rain today.

AM clouds, afternoon sunshine, no rain today.

Sunshine, no rain today.

Sunshine, no rain today.

Cloudy day, no rain today.

AM Sunshine, cloudy afternoon, no rain today.

This is our winter weather in Sunny Southern California. Well at least it has been during the drought. Brrrrr, it's cold today.

God bless.

Mrsupole said...

Whoops almost forgot, was that a one of a kind snowflake and was it saved for posterity?

Just asking cause I am not sure what a snowflake looks like. I can't remember ever seeing one of those things. Are you sure they really exist?

Moooooog35 said...

That's one of the reasons I can't move out of New England...

..the fear of actually killing another driver who has not a single clue how to drive in snow.

Hint: You go 80 miles an hour, turn early, learn to skid, and try not to spill your coffee.

Amateurs.

The Incredible Woody said...

If it even looks like snow, people around here go absolutely insane!! Even if it does snow, its not like you are going to be snow-bound for a month. Idiots!

Kurt said...

You have a snowflake already? Riveting!

VE said...

mrsupole - Nice weather. I met a guy in Aruba (where the weather is 80 and sunny every day of the year) and that weather drove him crazy. He had to fly to New England for snow every winter...

moooooog35 - I think I should have been born there. I drive about the same in snow. But I'm a skiier so I guess I'm used to it. Around here, the city is a wasteland if it ever snows...

incredible woody - That's when I go to the store and watch the carnage as people fight for food staples...

kurt - You should watch the weather channel...just as riveting...

Brian Miller said...

haha. when i lived in VA beach last year the grocery stores sold out, the shows were interrupted...and we got no snow...great 55!

mine is up!

Roy Scribner said...

A snowflake??? Shut down all the schools, immediately! Down here in Silicon Valley, if it gets down to freezing they shut down all the schools and convert them into "emergency warming shelters."

Elizabeth said...

No snow here yet, just rain rain and more rain. I guess that's what I get for living in a rain forrest!

ryan field said...

It's the same here, too. My problem with listening to the weather report is that I always miss the actual forecast. Once they start going into long explanations of upper lever lows, and easterly flows, and their voices start to ramble, I completely tune out. It's like going to church and trying to listen to the gospel. I try, but I wind up drifting.

Quirkyloon said...

It's going to be a chilly 96 degrees here in the valley of the sun. What is this "snow" you speak of? I've heard others mention it, I thought it was all pretend.

Am I wrong?

Ha!

Sornie said...

You left out the part about constant traffic updates and a tape loop of cars sliding into ditches. That's what makes the first, and all other, winter weather stories fun for TV stations.

Nessa said...

You lead a very exciting meteorological life out there.

Flash 55 - Holiday Preparations

California Girl said...

Portland Or or Me? We get two Portland, ME stations: 6 & 13.

Alice Audrey said...

LOL. Yes, but didn't you all get snowed under with only two plows for the whole city last winter? I'd be jumpy too, though around here they hardly plow anyway and you simply learn to make a car ice skate.

AngelMay said...

Why do weathermen (and women) always have to stand outside in the storm/rain/hail/sleet/snow/whatever in order to report the weather? If they go indoors does the weather stop?

Perpetual Chocoholic said...

I love the way some American weather people blame the cold fronts on Canada even though personally, I live further south than parts of some states.

Megan said...

If only the weather reports were 55 words or less...

Gladys said...

I'm in the desert today. 85 degrees and not a cloud in the sky. Was that less than 55?

VE said...

brian - Yes, and then when a whopper of a storm does show up they get caught off guard with how bad it is...

roy - Ha! I could see that happening. I once drove out of the LA area east and it started snowing. Cars were all over the road abandoning their vehicles. I got out concerned but the snow wasn't even sticking. The road wasn't even slick!

elizabeth - You do get some snow there but not what you probably used to get in Nome...

ryan - What did you say about gospel? Sorry...drifted off there ;)

quirkyloon - Yeah, don't rub it in. I doubt that 120 degrees was all that fun in August. You could head up to Prescott, AZ. They get some snow...

sornie - True, but it's hard to fit in all the weather woes into 55 words...

nessa - The weather people standing at every corner don't even have a life...

california girl - Oregon, of course...where cloudy skies originate...

alice - Yes, that was a bit ridiculous. Didn't stop me though, I went skiing even on the worst days...

angelmay - I have no idea. Guess the feel the need to be in touch with the actual weather...

perpetual chocoholic - I blame Canada...

megan - Now there's a concept

gladys - Don't rub it in! Our temperature was less than 55 today...

G-Man said...

You guys in the tropics make me sick!
But it does make for a great story!
Excellent 55 VE!!
Thanks for contributing to the Friday Fun-Fest once again...
You Rock Brotha!!
Have a Kick-Ass Week-End...G

ReformingGeek said...

I'm ready for ski season!

Dee said...

you hit it just right LOL that is pretty much how it is done here in the Seattle area too

VE said...

g-man - Yeah...we don't get very cold here

reforminggeek - Me too!

dee - I would imagine it's the same up there...probably worse.

Serena said...

We get snow here, or used to before El Nino or global warming or whatever the heck it is. We still freak at the sight of the first snowflake, though. Your snowflake saga made a great little 55.

Janna said...

LOL.
If they make that much fuss over one snowflake, they would completely drop over dead here in Michigan.
We generally try not to notice until it gets at least a foot deep. :)

Ronda Laveen said...

Snowflake? Reporters are such primadonnas. Snowflakes are otherwise known in the biz as "dandruff" are more prevalent in the winter months. Artic Blast 2009 can be handled with Head and Shoulders or Selsin Blue. Just callz 'm like I Ceez 'm.

The Sunshine State

hope said...

I knew the day that a guy on the Weather Channel said, "What whimsical weather we're having!" they'd finally forgotten why there were there.

This was fun...be careful dodging snowflakes...or weather reporters.

Mona said...

LOL! & that would be called "microscopic weather report" :D

VE said...

serena - Funny how the first fall of snow does that even to places that get snow every year. Two hours away we get 15 feet of snow on the ground but here in Portland...barely even a dusting most years.

janna - If we had Michigan snow here they'd make a movie of it and call it 2012...

ronda - They are primadonnas. I should have been a weatherman. You don't have to be right and you get to go to a lot of cushy events. Well...when you're not paying your dues standing on some stupid corner during a storm...

hope - Ha! Never say four "W" words in a row in a single sentence...

mona - Yes, definitely...and the sad reality around here...

Baino said...

Well at least it means there's nothing awful going down in Portland. I'm totally unaware of world events this week thanks to the Melbourne Cup and the spring racing carnival All horse talk! GAH!

Maureen said...

Ahahaha! Yeah, I just have to chuckle when I watch some of the news reports of so-called "blizzards" and cars skidding all over the roads in an inch of snow.

That must have been your all-time shortest post ever VE.

VE said...

baino - I was unaware there was a Melbourne Cup! And the only horse I knew that talked was Mr. Ed...

maureen - I'll bet you roll your eyes about that. Yes, I've had comments longer than that post...

Jaime said...

that's what passes for news in portland? i'd expect that big of a news turnout for a snowflake in vegas...

VE said...

jaime - It's sad here...

Anne said...

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Mrs. R said...

I'll trade you your crappy TV weather reports on nonweather for our MN winters of weeks of subzero temperatures...

VE said...

anne - ??

Mrs. R - Errr...no thanks. I'll stick with the stupid weather people here and feel my fingers when I go out...