Thursday, December 27, 2012

Weather terminology

Have you noticed that weather forecasters seem to make up terminology? For instance, my online weather report says "Ice Pellets" for today's forecast. I think they've been using this terminology for a couple of years. Before that, I'd never heard the term "ice pellets".

And right now it says "Light Snow Mist". Indeed. Is that the name of a new alcoholic drink? Something for the ladies, perhaps? Or do they really mean there's nano-snow outside my window?

They make this stuff up. In the summer I often hear the weather people say there will be a "locally on-shore wind". What in dog's name is a "locally on-shore wind"? The phrase makes no sense.