Archive for March 1st, 2005

Meteorological Accountability

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Weather forecasters in Moscow have been told they face
heavy fines if they get the weather wrong.

Moscow Mayor Juri Luschkov said: "Weather forecasters in our city
and the surrounding area will be held responsible for financial losses
that the city incurs through their incorrect prognoses."

He added this often happens in winter when weathermen fail to predict heavy
snowfalls, which affects the city’s infrastructure.

This month the Russian capital experienced its heaviest snowfall in years
when 20 centimetres of snow fell in one night. This left streets blocked
because not enough street cleaners had been hired to clear the snow away,
leaving people unable to get to work.

Mayor Luschkov said the same could apply in the summer if outdoor festivals
had been planned for sunny days and it rained – forcing visitors away.

The Mayor, however, does have his own way of ensuring beautiful skies for
important days – he sends up specially equipped planes to sprinkle a special
chemical that dissolves clouds. He did not elaborate on how much the fines
would be or if the cash would be taken from the weathermen, or the companies
they worked for.

The fines come after the head of the Romanian National Meteorology Agency,
Ion Poiana, was fired after he predicted warm weather fronts on days when
temperatures plunged to a record minus 36 degrees centigrade.

What a great idea! Accountability for Weatherpeople! We are
sure it will lead to increased turnover in the field, but what’s wrong
with
that? Harvey Leonard has ben around so long he failed to predict the
Biblical Flood (chance of precipitation – 20%). Perhaps prison terms
is more than we can hope for, and fines might be unrealistic in this
country, but we could demand public humiliation – dressing up in tank
top and tutu, for example, and something equally ridiculous for the women.
Or make them deliver the weather from inside of stocks…

from Ananova

Accountability from Weather People

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"weatherstock"

Weather forecasters in Moscow have been told they face
heavy fines if they get the weather wrong.

Moscow Mayor Juri Luschkov said: "Weather forecasters in our city
and the surrounding area will be held responsible for financial losses
that the city incurs through their incorrect prognoses."

He added this often happens in winter when weathermen fail to predict heavy
snowfalls, which affects the city’s infrastructure.

This month the Russian capital experienced its heaviest snowfall in years
when 20 centimetres of snow fell in one night. This left streets blocked
because not enough street cleaners had been hired to clear the snow away,
leaving people unable to get to work.

Mayor Luschkov said the same could apply in the summer if outdoor festivals
had been planned for sunny days and it rained – forcing visitors away.

The Mayor, however, does have his own way of ensuring beautiful skies for
important days – he sends up specially equipped planes to sprinkle a special
chemical that dissolves clouds. He did not elaborate on how much the fines
would be or if the cash would be taken from the weathermen, or the companies
they worked for.

The fines come after the head of the Romanian National Meteorology Agency,
Ion Poiana, was fired after he predicted warm weather fronts on days when
temperatures plunged to a record minus 36 degrees centigrade.

What a great idea! Accountability for Weatherpeople! We are
sure it will lead to increased turnover in the field, but what’s wrong
with
that? Harvey Leonard has ben around so long he failed to predict the
Biblical Flood (chance of precipitation – 20%). Perhaps prison terms
is more than we can hope for, and fines might be unrealistic in this
country, but we could demand public humiliation – dressing up in tank
top and tutu, for example, and something equally ridiculous for the women.
Or make them deliver the weather from inside of stocks…

from Ananova

Accountability from Weather People

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"weatherstock"

Weather forecasters in Moscow have been told they face
heavy fines if they get the weather wrong.

Moscow Mayor Juri Luschkov said: "Weather forecasters in our city
and the surrounding area will be held responsible for financial losses
that the city incurs through their incorrect prognoses."

He added this often happens in winter when weathermen fail to predict heavy
snowfalls, which affects the city’s infrastructure.

This month the Russian capital experienced its heaviest snowfall in years
when 20 centimetres of snow fell in one night. This left streets blocked
because not enough street cleaners had been hired to clear the snow away,
leaving people unable to get to work.

Mayor Luschkov said the same could apply in the summer if outdoor festivals
had been planned for sunny days and it rained – forcing visitors away.

The Mayor, however, does have his own way of ensuring beautiful skies for
important days – he sends up specially equipped planes to sprinkle a special
chemical that dissolves clouds. He did not elaborate on how much the fines
would be or if the cash would be taken from the weathermen, or the companies
they worked for.

The fines come after the head of the Romanian National Meteorology Agency,
Ion Poiana, was fired after he predicted warm weather fronts on days when
temperatures plunged to a record minus 36 degrees centigrade.

What a great idea! Accountability for Weatherpeople! We are
sure it will lead to increased turnover in the field, but what’s wrong
with
that? Harvey Leonard has ben around so long he failed to predict the
Biblical Flood (chance of precipitation – 20%). Perhaps prison terms
is more than we can hope for, and fines might be unrealistic in this
country, but we could demand public humiliation – dressing up in tank
top and tutu, for example, and something equally ridiculous for the women.
Or make them deliver the weather from inside of stocks…

from Ananova

Wanna See My Bike Hit 80?

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BOSTON – A 17-year-old Acton man has been arrested for allegedly throwing
a 10-speed bicycle off the roof of a three-story apartment building
in Boston, hitting and injuring a woman on the sidewalk below.

Justin E. Towne was charged with two counts of assault and battery
with a dangerous weapon following the incident early Saturday morning.
He was released on personal recognizance after pleading innocent at his
arraignment Monday.

The woman’s boyfriend told police that the couple was walking in
front of an apartment building in the city’s Allston neighborhood at
about 1:25 a.m. Saturday when she was struck with a beer can that came
from the roof. The man said a bicycle then fell from the roof, striking
the 24-year-old woman in the head and knocking her to the sidewalk.

We heard Justin on the radio this morning, as we drove our recently
excavated white whale (beautifully camouflaged in the snow) in to work.
He said he was "so sorry". that throwing his bicycle off the roof was
a "stupid, drunken mistake" and that he would "definitely quit drinking."
A real piece of work.

from the Boston Herald

Wanna See My Bike Hit 80?

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Comic of Tomorrow

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Wasserman cartoon from today’s Boston Globe