Friday, October 07, 2005

Weather Shmeather

Everything that could have been said about the Yanks-Angles series entering today has been said, so there’s not much to talk about today, besides the crappy weather. So I’m going to dedicate what little time and space I have here to talk about just that: the weather.

Here’s the thing with weather stations: there is a necessity to over-hype conditions. What grabs the attention of people, a 50 percent chance of rain, or a 90 percent chance of torrential downpours? So, knowing that they’re reputably fallible, the weather stations “juice” their predictions so that more people will watch.

This goes hand in hand with regular segments about how to prepare for heavy storms, which wouldn’t have any viewership if there wasn’t a storm coming.

And don’t tell me that the Weather Channel doesn’t know about the Yankees game tonight, and how nerds like me will watch their channel and browse their website looking for the answer to the ever present question: will there be baseball tonight?

Well, I bought into their garbage, and have been sitting on weather.com for quite a bit now, trying to figure out what’s going on with this storm that has been coming and going in spurts in Northern New Jersey. I called my buddy in Manhattan at around 2 p.m., and he said it hadn’t begun raining.

So I tinkered around at weather.com for a few minutes and clicked on the moving radar, which can be found here: http://www.weather.com/weather/map/USNY0172?name=index_large_animated&day=1. Notice how the storm is moving mainly north, with a slight shift east. But if you check out this radar, you’ll see that the way the storm is shaped and moving, it should miss most of New York City.

I’m not a meteorologist, so you can’t take my word as gold. But at the same time, you know those conniving weathermen aren’t the most reliable chaps in the world.

Based on my observations, with absolutely zero meteorological training, I’d say there’s an 80 to 85 percent chance of baseball in the Bronx tonight.

So, in conclusion: what’s the deal with partly cloudy and partly sunny? Is there a certain level of cloud activity that denotes the difference between partly cloudy and partly sunny, or did the weather people just make two categories for the same conditions, just to mix things up?