So, many of us have recently just read Letter I-Inclement vs Inclimate Weather-Part One, here on Zulu Delta 45. When thinking so much about the weather recently, I begin to formulate some questions in my head that I would like to ask the National Weather Service.
For those of you reading this and living in Burkina Faso, https://zuludelta45.net/2018/04/02/letter-b-burkina-faso-and-the-simple-answer-to-the-question/ and you Swamp Yankees living deep in South County, Rhode Island, (Not you Stepanie; You live in Greene!), who may not know this; NOAA is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration here in the United States. They are the parent organization for the NWS(National Weather Service), The National Hurricane Center (NHC), and the National Marine Forecast.
With the Weather being more inclement and inclimate, I was wondering if people, in general, would ‘blame the messenger;” that would be the NWS. So, I emailed the NWS and asked a few questions in ZD45 fashion.
1. Do people contact you and “blame” you for bad weather; because it ruined their picnic or car wash day?
2. Does anyone every contact you and “Thank you” for the “nice” weather.
3. Has anyone ever attempted to bribe you for a forecast of their liking (including snowplow drivers and kids hoping to get a “snow day” from school?
4. Do you have any funny stories you could tell me about working at the NWS?
Glen from the NWS was kind enough to email me back, and he said;
Trying not to state the obvious, weather can be a very serious thing that completely stresses people out. With all the insanity in this world, it’s good to hear that people have not taken out their anxiety on an amazing organization that strives to help us.
For the record, that doesn’t mean the world is getting less insane.
Thanks for the mention. During snow storms we usually fall into the category of the northwest part of the state forecast rather than the forecast for Kent County. I thought you might appreciate this small tidbit.
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Step…..you know I appreciate such information!
Don’t forget the SPC, the Storm Prediction Center.
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When I lived in coastal Delaware, I was a regular visitor to the NOAA website, often checking wave/surge predictions, and round about Polar Bear Plunge time, that was where to go to find the water temperature! Very familiar with their good work.
Found you through AtoZ.
Doesn’t Speak Klingon