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.
- “Part of this funding is set aside to address the needs that the president saw firsthand when he visited coastal communities in Alaska that are seeing their homelands eroding into the ocean at a rapid pace," said Deputy Interior Secretary Mike Connor.
- Gastineau Humane Society called the dog aggressive and not a viable candidate for adoption. The Juneau couple wishes they’d been notified before the dog was put down.
- Dan Henry, also operator of the Skagway Fish Co., said he would make a decision about his future with the Skagway Borough Assembly after he returns home.
- Musher Seth Barnes said early Monday that the last 100 miles of trail coming north to Circle "literally was perfect ... definitely the best trail I’ve been on all year.” His dogs had trained on gravel most of the winter.