Thursday, July 27, 2006

Exaggeration Index

I just watched my "Local on the 8's" on the Weather Channel. This is by far my favorite of the 426 channels available. We hear folks complain every day about how "they don't have a clue" and "they are just guessing" about the forecast. But the reality is that meteoroligist (who I assume are studying meteors) can predict the weather for the next 7 day with amazing accuracy. The forecast for today in the Greater Montgomery area which includes the "Preferred Community" of Prattville and "Historic Downtown Wetumpka" is a high of 98 degrees with a SSW wind of 4 mph. The 98 has become an old story now but that wind out of the SSW is worthy of note. For some reason, they failed to give us the wind chill factor! I am guessing it will be about 96 or so. That is a significant difference because at 98 people will say it is "right at 100" or "another day around 100". But 96 may be considered the mid-90's. I'm telling you, the thought of working and running in the mid-90's seems much more pleasant than doing so when it is "right at 100". Why do we calculate the wind-chill factor in winter and the heat index in the summer? Could it be that we love misery? Do we all have the Jewish-mother-syndrome (woe is me)? Or do we all like to be the first in the conversation to quote the most exaggerated fact from a quasi-authoritative source? Whatever causes it, the exaggeration index for today is just over 100!

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Between you & Howard Todd, The Weather Channel will never go out of business. :-)

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