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Psyched out

Temperatures are in the single digits here in Western New York and will drop to below zero tonight. Two or three feet of lake-effect snow are possible. Vicious winds are whipping the "feels like" temperatures down to minus-30 range. The New York State Thruway is closed from Buffalo west to the Pennsylvania state line. Western New York's two major north-south highways into Buffalo are closed. Schools and businesses are canceling activities by the scores.

All of this has prompted the National Weather Service to post a blizzard warning for the Buffalo area. We're about 70 miles south, where advisories for lake-effect snow and wind chill have been posted.

It's so bad that Buffalo's NBC affiliate, WGRZ, took to the air with a special report at 7:30. One of the anchors, Maryalice Demler, was interviewing a meteorologist with the National Weather service by telephone. After noting the blizzard warning was the first since 1993, she asked the meteorologist about him and the National Weather Service staff:

"Are you kind of psyched about it?"

Yep: Nothing gets a meteorologist psyched like weather that can kill people.


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Jan. 7th, 2014 12:51 am (UTC)
What an odd question.
Jan. 7th, 2014 03:31 am (UTC)
You're gracious to describe the question as "odd."
Jan. 7th, 2014 01:20 am (UTC)
I think they DO get psyched about it. Truly. Meteorologists HATE boring weather - sunny skies, mild temperatures. The big event stuff - killer heat waves, killer cold waves, torrential rains - that's the kind of thing that makes them rub their hands together in glee.
Jan. 7th, 2014 08:07 am (UTC)
Yep. It's not that they'll be rubbing their hands in glee that something dangerous is happening, but it allows them to use their skills to the fullest, and who isn't affected by that? I don't think of "psyched" as meaning "happy about," just "worked up, wound up like a top, ready for action, about to do a big job." All of that will be true when a meteorologist is looking at a big storm heading their way.

Plus, it's really a chance to save people. Far fewer people will die in such weather than would've if there were no warnings or information from meteorologists. I'm sure firemen get "psyched" in a similar way by a big fire, not because "hooray, people might die" but because there's so much to do and so many people who may be saved by one's own efforts.
Jan. 7th, 2014 03:24 am (UTC)
I'll add that to my list of questions with which I threaten our students -- something along this line, "If I ever catch you asking this kind of question on TV, I will track you down and things will get ugly."
Jan. 7th, 2014 03:31 am (UTC)
Make sure you're around when I tell Paul about this one. His reaction will be priceless.
Jan. 7th, 2014 05:44 am (UTC)
Yeah, it will be -- I'll try to make sure I'm there to see it.
Jan. 7th, 2014 02:40 pm (UTC)
The fact that she used, "kind of..." before "psyched" indicates, at least in my mind, that she "kind of" knew it was an inappropriate question. "Are you up for the task" might have been a better phrase.
Jan. 7th, 2014 05:28 pm (UTC)
That sums it up nicely. I hadn't thought about the "kind of" phrasing, though. That's a keen observation.
Jan. 9th, 2014 06:07 am (UTC)
Today was the coldest day of the past week here in Alaska, it was 37. All the snow in my yard is gone, and most of the ice in my driveway too.
Jan. 10th, 2014 12:28 am (UTC)
I'll bet minus-11 is just another winter day for you. The cold air started moving out today. Are 37-degree temperatures something Alaskans enjoy, or do they want colder weather this time of year?
Jan. 10th, 2014 05:09 am (UTC)
Actually, Homer is considered in the "banana belt" of Alaska, and it doesn't get that cold here. Now 70 miles up the road, and inland away from the water, Soldotna will get to -20 a lot. It's usually in the 20's - low 30's here by the water in the winter.
Jan. 11th, 2014 06:10 pm (UTC)
So instead of worrying about the weather you have to worry about massive earthquakes?
Jan. 12th, 2014 02:10 am (UTC)
I don't worry about those or the volcano erupting. I can't control it., so why spend any energy worrying about it?
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