A forecaster at the National Weather Service office in Juneau prompted a deluge of social media activity Tuesday with his or her discussion of weather models.
“Picking a model of choice for the day is a little like speed-dating: Too little time/information to make up the mind leading to regrets by the end of the date/shift,” the forecaster wrote, before launching into a comparison of various models and what they see in Southeast Alaska’s developing weather systems.
The online post lead to a flurry of posts on Twitter on Tuesday, and is still being shared on social media today.
— Brian Alonzo (@wxprobrian) May 14, 2014
— Eric Holthaus (@EricHolthaus) May 14, 2014
Juneau National Weather Service Meteorologist in Charge Tom Ainsworth declined to comment on the post, citing a desire to not make it into a big story. In general, Ainsworth said the agency has guidelines for how posts are supposed to read.
It’s not the first time Alaska weather service meteorologists have had some fun with the forecast discussion. During last year’s federal government shutdown, the Anchorage office included the hidden message “Please Pay Us” in a forecast analysis.
- Juneau Police Department Lt. David Campbell said the student who potentially made shooting threats against Thunder Mountain High School is no longer a threat.
- The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority is advancing plans to mine Gulf of Alaska beach sands about 75 miles northwest of Yakutat.
- Juneau is under a winter storm warning until Wednesday night. Forecasters expect the town to see 10-15 inches of snow. That's the most snowfall in a couple of years.
- The farther west you go, the worse it looks for Alaska's Steller sea lions. At the end of the Aleutian chain, the population is dropping about 7 percent a year.