Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Weather Trivia
Well, yeah, in some circles all discussion of weather is trivial. Nevertheless.... The KPIX weather chick has a daily item on the Chronicle's weather page. Usually it's nothing notable, but the other day she said that there's never been a temperature of 100 degrees or greater recorded in the United States in December or January. I would not have guessed this. And though this claim was made by a professional TV weather chick and published in a big-city daily newspaper, I must say, I remain skeptical.

Update: Immediately after making this post, I Googled the issue. Took about five minutes to find contradiction to the 100-degree assertion:

According to Information Please: The highest temperature ever recorded for the month of December occurred on December 8, 1938, in La Mesa, Calif. (elevation 539 ft), where the temperature reached 100°F.


dan said...

That Roberta Gonzalez thing? That's a friggin' embarrassment. "Remember -- galoshes can keep your feet dry in inclement weather." Most of the stuff in that insipid little box are direct lifts from some other source, probably with little thought and no checking. Just another way the Chron's weather page is a vapid waste of space. To see how something like that might be done, check out the Chicago (naturally) Tribune, where Enron's Jeffrey Skilling's brother Tom (the nonpareil WGN weather guy) oversees an excellent, informative, graphically interesting page (the blog version: http://wgntv.trb.com/news/weather/weblog/wgnweather/)/

dan said...

Let me also add, in my gratuitous Chron-Gonzalez bashing vein, that the WGN/Trib weather blog/page actually has more interesting info on the weather out here than our local paper carries.

dan said...

(On the other hand, it turns out Roberta has run 15 marathons and is training to compete in the Ironman Coeur d'Alene this June.)

Pete said...

Yeah, Roberta has ultra cred. But even that can't get her off the hook for not taking advantage of the opportunity to say something interesting (and factually correct) in her space on the Chron's lame weather page.