Whether weather.

Happy Monday, the first day of Spring, morning!

Forgive me for harping on the Trib weather grid once again, but today’s weather graphic is just as ridiculous as the previous snark-worthy one:

  • Monday, partly sunny … no radioactive sun in the sky. I’ll let that slide.
  • Tuesday, snow! FIVE GIANT SNOWFLAKES and a sky that has been grayed a bit in color. Interesting, Trib.
  • Wednesday and Thursday, mostly cloudy with flurries. So we’ve got the flurries, which today are small snowflakes, in a CLOUDLESS BLUE SKY! But on Friday “mostly cloudy” is worthy of one and a half clouds.

God, Trib. I’ve about had it with this graphic. It’s useless if it doesn’t really correlate to the actual weather you are predicting.

Take a lesson from the PG:

That’s more like it!

However, I gotta ask what I have long wondered. What is the difference between partly sunny and mostly cloudy? Does Stephen Cropper often find himself saying on air,

Stephen: “Folks our forecast has been updated a bit since the five o’clock news. You’ll see that we’ve changed Friday’s forecast from mostly cloudy to ….. [suspenseful pause] ….. partly sunny! Back to you Sally!”

Sally: “Thanks for the update, Steve! I’m sure our viewing audience appreciates the heads up and will plan to dress accordingly.”

Or is he sometimes brushing his teeth in the morning looking in the mirror with a look of deep concentration and his wife says, “Stevie, what’s wrong?” and Steve says, “I’m just really wrestling with whether to call Friday a partly sunny or mostly cloudy day. My job is so damn hard.”


  1. Funky Dung
    March 20, 2006 3:41 pm

    What I really want to know is why Pittsburghers are so bloody obsessed with weather. Between that and sports there’s barely any real news reported (on TV). I really don’t give a flying f*** about Super Mega Kickass Vibromatic Storm Chaser 6000 and how it can slice and dice and make julean fries. Just give me a simple 5-day forecast and a little detail about tomorrow and shut the hell up!


  2. pittgirl
    March 21, 2006 2:10 pm

    You should trademark “Super Mega Kickass Vibromatic Storm Chaser 6000” because: Awesome!

  3. Funky Dung
    March 23, 2006 1:24 pm

    I expanded these thoughts into a slightly longer rant.

  4. Anonymous
    April 2, 2006 5:03 pm

    Weather affects everyone, not just those interested in certain stories (hard news, sports, etc.). That’s “why Pittsburghers are so bloody obsessed with weather.” Most people — no matter where they are located — care about the weather.

    As for the radar wars…it’s all about competition; what else can one say? All three stations have radars, so it becomes a battle amongst themselves for the #1 title.

    Personally, I like Stephen Cropper’s delivery.