I recently moved back to Florida after living in Alaska for quite a while. I like to fish.
By: EdwardinAlaska , 12:11 AM GMT on August 25, 2014
The Lurker’s Lounge?
What the heck is that?!?
Well, it’s a blog…. And it’s for those of us who visit the WU blogs but, for whatever reason, feel like the little kid stuck inside with a cold, with his nose pressed against the window, watching his friends playing outside. Only, in our case, we either don’t know enough about "meteorology" to contribute to the “serious” weather blogs or we’re afraid we’ll make fools of ourselves by posting a comment. So we lurk. Sure, we tell ourselves that some day we're going to really read up on this esoteric stuff so we can feel a part of the "in crowd." But we know that's a resolution best made on New Year's Day, along with the ones we make about exercising more, using our turn signals, etc..... in other words, about as likely as a hurricane hitting South Dakota....
I mean, seriously, in that one blog you often see a “comment” that consists solely of an image like this:
Uh….Do you have any idea what that is? Me neither. I haven't a clue what that is or why it’s of interest, but apparently it has something to do with tropical storms. For all I know, it’s one of those “magic eye” pictures where you stare at it for a while and start to see some other image. But there’s no way I’m going to post a comment that reveals my ignorance. I skip over those types of images and look for animations of big hurricanes, which are always both enjoyable to look at and – more important – understandable.
Or you'll see a comment that, without a word of explanation, consists of a picture like this one, which I suspect also has something to do with a storm system or cold front or what have you, but which I at first thought was a copy of an old road map that someone posted for some obscure reason (maybe to help someone find an evacuation route): The "experts" know what this is, I'm sure. We lurkers? Unlikely.
In this blog, lurkers are welcome to join in and post anything they want about the weather or about the prospects for tropical systems, and the beauty of it is that you will never be wrong, because the rest of us probably know less than you!
See, you can tell us that “The TUTT indicates that Invest 107M will track WNW and carries enough convex depreciation to overcome the shear effects of the 850mb low,” and most of us won’t have an inkling of what you’re talking about, let alone have the nerve to contradict you!Or, you can prove a point by reminding us that, “This is virtually the same pattern we saw with Mirna in 1979, except for the presence of the low level SAL oscillation.”
Not sure this is the blog for you? Okay, I understand that you might still be hesitant. Maybe you’re thinking, “Gee, I know this is a weather web site and I’m all into weather and stuff like that, but surely there’s more than weather to talk about….there just has to be….” And you would be right, because on this blog everyone is right.
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