Friday Funny, bonus Weather Channel edition

We all know about the Weather Channel’s ridiculous practice of naming winter storms. The latest name for a storm in “Janus” which is the name of the Roman two-faced god. In ancient Roman religion and myth, Janus is the god of beginnings and transitions, thence also of portals, doors, passages, endings and time.

This little ooops moment in live broadcasting on TWC can certainly be categorized as a “portal”.

Winter_storm_janus

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79 thoughts on “Friday Funny, bonus Weather Channel edition

  1. Marcos says:
    January 24, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    actually, the latest storm TWC storm name is/was Kronos
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    Well it’s about time.

  2. . . thanks, MattS and David Ball . . .I just ruined a keyboard because of the drink I was taking sip of when I reached you comments . . . ! ! !

    ( .yeah, just joking . . HEY, must be like those Weather Channel clowns and the storms they’re naming . . . ! ) And a goodnight, and weekend, to everyone !

  3. Now let’s try to think of another storm name that would also look funny if its front or back end were cut off.

  4. Like everything else TWC does, naming those storms is an attemt to make them, and what they do, seem more important, thus requiring the viewer to check back often with TWC to make sure everything’s OK. TWC likes nothing better than a weather event with a high casualty count, so that they can dispense meaningless advice on how to stay safe.

  5. It is blowing like Hell outside and very cold. Gonna snow all night too.

    i’m not paying attention until they name the storm “Crispin in Waterloo” because it is and I am.

  6. A picture is worth a thousand words …

    Added irony … the local NBC affiliate in Buffalo is broadcasting a WeatherNation feed … as is the Atlanta affiliate, both Gannett stations.

    Looks like WeatherNation is burnishing their act, both on air and on the web … picking up 20 million possible viewers would have that effect.

  7. Crispin in Waterloo says:
    January 24, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    It is blowing like Hell outside and very cold. Gonna snow all night too.

    i’m not paying attention until they name the storm “Crispin in Waterloo” because it is and I am.
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    Back again, so soon?

  8. Sometimes, you just have to appreciate moments of mirth like this, even with the battle still at hand. Somehow, we’re still fighting and we still manage to laugh at the idiot telling up how this stupid weather front they named (for blatantly ego-boosting reasons) is 150% guaranteed to kill all forms of life…all the while unknowingly penning it akin to a sphinkter.

    “You say the storm ‘Rectum’?”
    “Shoot! It damn near killed ‘em!”

  9. Thanks Wayne and all the Friday Night Live comedians, a bit of this was welcome bit a think it is a bit of a F..rt in a windstorm.

  10. It has been said that it is hard to fool the older crowd by alarmism over winter storms or summer heat waves because we are old enough to remember similar things in the past. It is also true that I recall days gone by when they just reported the damn weather on TV without all the fracking drama.

    Named winter storms indeed.

  11. Mojo says:
    January 24, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    Not enough long Welsh names given to storms, if you ask me.
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    I’m looking forward to Hurricane Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwyll-llantysiliogogogoch

  12. And now we have a wondrous new? alliance

    “Coldfinger – The power of weather in context for marketing and advertising”

    “This morning the Met Office and The Weather Channel Ltd. introduced weather as an advertising category to brands and media agency executives at the Century Club in London.

    …..You can target a holiday campaign in Hull tomorrow because you know it’ll be raining, or push a Ferrari campaign to the Manchester United players by targeting certain villages in the Cheshire countryside because it’ll be sunny.”

    http://metofficenews.wordpress.com/2014/01/23/coldfinger-the-power-of-weather-in-context-for-marketing-and-advertising/

    How the scientific body has changed.

  13. Hmmm, advice from TWC, for here across Porte des Morts Death’s Door? Please, how should we thaw our sewer pipes never before exposed to cold of this duration?

    We’re handling, so far, wood shortages (importing from off) and propane shortages (still $2/gallon!) and frozen water pipes (few); but none of the old timers have any suggestions on thawing sewers.

  14. I do hope we don’t see this guy standing in front of another storm that seems to be called ‘rick’….

  15. While the image is, of course, hysterical, I don’t think enough attention was paid to this

    “The latest name for a storm in “Janus” which is the name of the Roman two-faced god. In ancient Roman religion and myth, Janus is the god of beginnings and transitions, thence also of portals, doors, passages, endings and time.”

    So what exactly are they saying with this name?

    Are they recognising the writing on the wall? Is it commentary on the state of the “CAGW” argument at this time? Are they even saying this is possibly the start of a bit of a trend towards more of a Global Cooling for our near-term future? The resent survey released could be showing a bit of its hand.

    Or is this more of a comment about their station instead? That is, is this transition theirs? Are they giving up on going back to DTV and plotting for a future post being replaced? In an attempt to get back their reputation, or in the very least stop the fall, are they planning on trying to transition towards more actual weather instead of reality TV?

    I think the image is funny, but the name choice itself might be much more interesting overall. It is quite an curious choice.

  16. “They name winter storms? Seriously? I thought only the government could do that?”

    Didn’t you hear? TWC is now part of the government, an essential service. Just like Michelle Obama’s Twitter account.

  17. I loved
    Mojo says:
    January 24, 2014 at 7:15 pm
    Not enough long Welsh names given to storms, if you ask me.
    How would the Americans cope with all those consonants??
    All I can come up with is this from Kenny Everett

    Enjoy the blast.

    James Bull

  18. Weather Channel hyped a storm named Janus
    With more propaganda they try to ingrain us.
    “Although the warmth you can’t feel
    Global warming is real
    And we’re not talking out of our… (See picture above)

    Sorry

  19. When they sent their people to go stand in the snow did they have them wear one of those signs that says, “The End is Near!!”?

  20. Can anyone tell me why no names were given for tornados? With their lack of logic for naming winter storms you’d think they ought to have been giving names for tornados?

  21. As a DTV customer I would go to TWC to see the “Local on the 8′s” which kept being displaced by stuff that I had no interest in seeing. Not upset by them being replaced by something focused on the weather.

  22. MAC says:
    January 25, 2014 at 6:30 am

    Can anyone tell me why no names were given for tornados? With their lack of logic for naming winter storms you’d think they ought to have been giving names for tornados?

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    My guess would be that a tornado doesn’t last long enough for them to get days of coverage out of it.

  23. “Rick K on January 24, 2014 at 7:23 pm
    Hmmm… bad storm. Better sit this one out…”

    That sentence should be told by Sean Connery!

  24. These winter storms are getting to be a real pain in the a$$! (Can’t believe that one was still available.)

    Anyway, I remember in the good old days of TWC watching former WC meterologist Alexandra Steele, who was head and shoulders above bubblehead Stephanie Abrams, and just a nanometer behind Heather Tesche in the race for “reasons to watch the old Weather Channel”.

    She was reporting on Typhoon Longwang (as Dave Berry would say, “I’m not making this up”.)

    She just couldn’t stop laughing. Kept apologising profusely for not being able to say the name without laughing, and the camera finally had to cut away.

    I cheerfully laughed right along with her, as opposed to the well-deserved “Janus” ridicule and guffaws this bunch is receiving.,

  25. Naming storms is silly, but we all need a bit of entertainment now and again, and this visual was pretty funny.

    Have not had a TV in nearly 20 years, and am deaf, so I don’t get much out of radio… I have windows, a calendar and arthritis. Pretty much tells me all I need to know about the weather. :) And we here in rural Wyoming tend to scratch our heads in puzzlement when folks in the city are terrified of a few inches of snow and a bit of a breeze. Got down to -20 with 40 MPH winds here the other night – not unusual for this time of year here. Oh, and far as I know, nobody died.

  26. Reminds me of temporary airfields for DC3s used by mining exploration companies in the 1960s. They had been named after several planets to impose some form of traffic control in the absence of towers. We had a helicopter and pilot (Bob) stationed at “Uranus” and it wasn’t long before one exploration company’s secretary asked Bob “how’s Uranus, Bob?” “Not so worse since the fresh fruit came in.”

  27. Sorry, I don’t get the joke. It’s just a photo of a weather guy.

    (Has morning coffee.)

    Ooooooooh.

  28. WUWT says, “We all know about the Weather Channel’s ridiculous practice of naming winter storms.”

    In the final analysis, WUWT is right again.

  29. I once thought the WT was insignificant. As it turns out though, the are, in fact, worth a fart in a full gale.

  30. Mojo says:
    January 24, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    Not enough long Welsh names given to storms, if you ask me.

    Do we really need looooong Welsh names, some of the short ones are difficult enough e.g. Wdda.

  31. Actually, they aren’t so much naming winter storms, they are naming any normal winter cold front that is associated with more than a few inches of precipitation in the form of snow. It would be like naming cold fronts that bring rain in summer. It is just dumb. It is a way to try to hype perfectly normal events into drawing eyeballs to ads which is basically how they make their money. Weather Channel isn’t about informing people about weather so much as it is about selling ads to eyeballs.

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