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terrya Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-23-05 05:14 PM
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What's the difference between a meterologist and a weatherman?
And why do local news broadcasts have such dumbasses passing themselves off as such? One obvious exception here in Chicago: Tom Skilling of WGN. He really seems very knowledgeable. The others are just a bunch of grinning idiots in front of a weather map.


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AlCzervik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-23-05 05:18 PM
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1. weatherman can be just like a newsreader where as a
Meteorologist is actually a atmospheric scientist.
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Bunny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-23-05 05:22 PM
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5. Yeah, a meteorologist usually has some sort of degree.
It's funny how the local stations feel that they MUST have meteorologists on staff too. Can't just have a weather man or woman anymore, has to be a METEOROLOGIST.

A local station in Pittsburgh actually fired a long-time weather man a few years ago, because he wasn't technically a meteorologist. Never mind that he did a good job, and had worked there for years. His contract was not renewed, because the station said they had to be "competitive", and that meant meteorologists only.

Who really gives a f*ck about the weather people? Just tell me what the temp is, and if it's going to snow. Anybody can do that.
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Beware the Beast Man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-23-05 05:18 PM
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2. I think a meteorologist has some accreditation, whereas
Edited on Wed Feb-23-05 05:18 PM by Beware the Beast Man
a "weatherman" is the guy stuck with a crummy shift.
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HereSince1628 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-23-05 05:20 PM
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3. Weathermen were disruptive element in the 1960's
We,ahhhhhhhh not, THEY were a militant offshoot of the Students for a Democratic Society.

Or were you talking about people who try to talk about tomorrow's precipitation?
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KitchenWitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-23-05 05:21 PM
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4. Jillian Barberie is a Weather Girl on Fox's pregame show
has little if any training in meteorology. Meteorologists have at least a baccalaureate degree in meteorology (more than likely a masters) and some certifications.
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Jessica Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-23-05 05:27 PM
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6. Doesn't matter -- None of them know wtf they're talking about, IMO.
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dbt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-23-05 05:55 PM
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7. Radio research item from a few years ago indicated
that it didn't matter whether the forecast was delilvered by a DJ or a weather/meteor person from the local TV station, 50% of listeners did not believe the forecast anyway.

:evilgrin:
dbt
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lastknowngood Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-23-05 07:23 PM
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8. A meterologist is right half the time and a weatherman is wrong
half the time.
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