April Fools weather humor; all-time March warmth in WY, NE

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 3:41 PM GMT on April 01, 2012

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I don't have an April Fools blog post for you this year, but instead thought I share with you two of the funniest weather-related stories of the year. Firstly, it turns out that you don't need to be a human to enjoy a little snowboarding. The snowy conditions in Russia this winter gave the opportunity for an intrepid crow to take up the sport in this remarkable Youtube video. I found the video over at Andy Revkin's DotEarth blog at the New York Times. The bird is a hooded crow, and has evidently been doing quite a bit of snowboarding, judging by the multiple tracks on the rooftop. Too bad us humans can't use a flap-assist from our wings while snowboarding, it might cut down on injuries!


Video 1. A crow in Russia goes snowboarding on a snow-covered rooftop.

The most insane letter ever written by a child to a TV weatherman
I've done a lot of talks about the weather to schools, and have gotten hundreds of thank-you letters from the kids afterwards. But I've never gotten a letter quite like the one KVUE morning and midday meteorologist Albert Ramon in Austin, Texas recently received after talking at a local school. A sampling:

"Some day when I become supreme Ultra-Lord of the universe I will not make you a slave, you will live in my 200 story castle where unicorn servants will feed you doughnuts off their horns."

And this: "Thank you again for teaching us about meteoroligy, you're more awesome than a monkey wearing a tuxedo made out of bacon riding a cyborg unicorn with a lightsaber for the horn on the tip of a space shuttle closing in on Mars while ingulfed in flames."


Check out the letter here.

Finally, realclimate.org has a funny April Fool's blog post today called ‘Wrong sign paradox’ finally resolved?

All-time March warmth records in Wyoming, Nebraska
Most of Wyoming and much of Nebraska set or tied their record for all-time warmest March temperatures yesterday, no fooling. A strong ridge of high pressure that generated a strong flow of warm air from the southwest was responsible. Some of the records included:

Omaha, NE: 91°F
Lincoln, NE: 91°F
Casper, WY: 77°F
Lander, WY: 76°F
Rock Spring, WY: 72°F
Worland, WY: 81°F
Laramie, WY: 71°F
Rawlins, WY: 73°F
Chadron, WY: 83°F
Sidney, WY: 83°F

Jeff Masters

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Quoting VAbeachhurricanes:
This blog is Hot Hot Hot!
ABW instead of AGW.
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Quoting ClimateChange:
Scorching across the Plains today. Already up to 90 at Winner, SD. Philip, SD is at 89 and Valentine, NE at 88. Of course, Winner made it up to 94 on one day last month -- looks like it may climb into the mid 90s again today with a few more hours of heating left. Several other sites should best 90.

Meanwhile, we're stuck under overcast skies here in Toledo. Temperatures, however, are fairly comfortable -- near 60 degrees, which is still several degrees above normal. But nothing like they're getting off to the west.


Toledo sounds similar to Kalamazoo, around 60 with an overcast layer and haze.
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Welcome to Weather Underground...where April Fools' Day is a battlefield.
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Warmest March, warmest January through March 3-month period, and warmest April through March 12-month period on record at Des Moines.

Source: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/images/dmx/March_Story_DSM .pdf


March checked in at 55.7 degrees, besting the old record from 1910 by a whopping 4.2 degrees. January through March is at 39.7, a full 3.6 degrees above the previous record from 1921. And the 12-month period commencing April 1, 2011 is at 55.1 degrees, 1.5 degrees warmer than the record in 1934-35.
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Quoting PedleyCA:


Moderators are secret. The walls have ears. How do we know those 3 aren't moderators in disguise. By the way you are all Grounded.


Or maybe... you are a moderator and you are just saying that to throw us off the scent!
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Quoting Neapolitan:
That heat blob continues today before fading out overt he next week (in fact, a week from now temperatures across the United States will be as close to normal as they have been for nearly an entire month). Today's high temperature anomalies):



I don't know what you're looking at, but the CPC 6-10 day and 8-14 day outlooks call for above normal temperatures nationwide, including Alaska.

6 to 10 day outlook



8 to 14 day outlook


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Quoting WxGeekVA:


Nea, I don't always agree with you or your posts, but this might just be the post of the week. I wonder why they don't make you, Pat, and Gro moderators here...


Moderators are secret. The walls have ears. How do we know those 3 aren't moderators in disguise. By the way you are all Grounded.
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This blog is Hot Hot Hot!
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Well, I'm out for now. Should wait until the blog cools down to get back on.
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Quoting Neapolitan:
It's extremely unlikely that a stranger casually surfing the internet for important weather information would randomly drop by this particular blog forum. And in the extremely unlikely event that did happen, should this stranger happen to read a facetious bit of fake weather info, he or she would--it is hoped--seek a second verifying source of information before, say, boarding up his or her home and relocating to an underground bunker in the hills. Especially given that it's, you know, April 1 and all...


Nea, I don't always agree with you or your posts, but this might just be the post of the week. I wonder why they don't make you, Pat, and Gro moderators here...
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Scorching across the Plains today. Already up to 90 at Winner, SD. Philip, SD is at 89 and Valentine, NE at 88. Of course, Winner made it up to 94 on one day last month -- looks like it may climb into the mid 90s again today with a few more hours of heating left. Several other sites should best 90.

Meanwhile, we're stuck under overcast skies here in Toledo. Temperatures, however, are fairly comfortable -- near 60 degrees, which is still several degrees above normal. But nothing like they're getting off to the west.
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Quoting WxGeekVA:
My god.... I cannot believe that some people on here have turned April Fools Day jokes into arguements, bickering, "you are being reported", and a general flame war over a few posts! Lighten up, seriously!


It is the internet... people should go outside and live a little...
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Quoting Tazmanian:



that was vary uncall for you all so been reported


Oh no! what would I ever do without this blog!?
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My god.... I cannot believe that some people on here have turned April Fools Day jokes into arguements, bickering, "you are being reported", and a general flame war over a few posts! Lighten up, seriously!
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It's extremely unlikely that a stranger casually surfing the internet for important weather information would randomly drop by this particular blog forum. And in the extremely unlikely event that did happen, should this stranger happen to read a facetious bit of fake weather info, he or she would--it is hoped--seek a second verifying source of information before, say, boarding up his or her home and relocating to an underground bunker in the hills. Especially given that it's, you know, April 1 and all...
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They are just jokes last year it happen the same why we need to fights this day is for pranks and fun so why don`t all of us just chill out.
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Really? No one has heard that line before? I am on your side hahaha...
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Blog getting tense like it has been too often lately, I think I will depart. Try and keep to weather talk guys.
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Quoting Tazmanian:



that was vary uncall for you all so been reported


Lighten up, he was just kidding.
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Quoting VAbeachhurricanes:


There is special place in hell for people like you.

Some one is being a grouch today.
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Quoting WxGeekVA:


I will too, but I would think that anyone using common sense would know mine is fake after the first line...


I'm sure most people that follow weather passionately (like me :D) will, but people that just come on every now and then to check their weather might not get it.

Even local counties don't test sirens when clouds are out, to avoid scaring people. Please use judgement when making any post.
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I got a phone # for you to call ask for Mr. Lyon if he isn't there a man named Mr. Bear will speak to you. Any local Zoo will work.
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Quoting VAbeachhurricanes:


There is special place in hell for people like you.



that was vary uncall for you all so been reported
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Quoting VAbeachhurricanes:


There is special place in hell for people like you.
lighten up francis
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Quoting VAbeachhurricanes:


There is special place in hell for people like you.


Uncalled for and reported. No need for any hating on this blog.
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I hate April Fools with a Paaaaaasion.A freak'in Passion!.I hate this day.Can 12:01 am just hurry and come...
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Quoting SPLbeater:
hey guys...got some bad news. I dont believe i will be on wundergroud anymore, just dont have the time. :(:(
now this is a good april fool

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I see the east Pacific is starting to get that look . Mean while the dryest month for us is April and according to radar some areas will soon have a Aprils worth of rain.
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I never meant for people to get so upset about my April Fool's joke. I thought it would be a funny weather related joke, but obviously a lot of you found it unfunny to create a hypothetical TWO text as my joke. I'll take the post down if you guys really want me too.

Sorry 'bout that. =(
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Quoting SPLbeater:
hey guys...got some bad news. I dont believe i will be on wundergroud anymore, just dont have the time. :(:(
Why?
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Quoting SPLbeater:
hey guys...got some bad news. I dont believe i will be on wundergroud anymore, just dont have the time. :(:(

What's up SPL?
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Quoting cyclonekid:

What are the reports if any coming out of Vietnam?
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All these jokes imitating NWS products. And we wonder why they aren't taken seriously.... smh



Spring Flood Outlooks...Good news for most of US, with only small areas with above avg. flood potential.

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According to the NHC...
STRONG WINDS WILL DEVELOP ACROSS THE N CENTRAL ATLC MON NIGHT AND TUE AS A DEVELOPING AREA OF SURFACE LOW PRES MOVES CLOSER TO THE AREA FROM THE N WHILE INTENSIFYING.

And...
...SW CARIBBEAN WHERE A SURFACE TROUGH REACHES FROM 23N93W TO 19N95W. SATELLITE IMAGERY AND LIGHTNING DATA INDICATE A DEVELOPING AREA OF CONVECTION E OF THE TROUGH.
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hey guys...got some bad news. I dont believe i will be on wundergroud anymore, just dont have the time. :(:(
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Quoting WxGeekVA:




For the love of god, lighten up! It's April Fools Day, the one day a year when you can straight up lie or make something up and get away with it! Let us have fun without having it ruined by someone wih no sense of humor! Thank You!


I've laughed over at least a dozen April Fool's jokes today. But not this one - I take the sanctity of NWS pronouncements very seriously. I don't think imitating statements from law enforcement on April Fool's Day is funny either.
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Faking someone's signature is never "just fun": notice all the perma-bans on those who spoofed the names of regulars. And the NWS/SPC/NHC page-style is a signature.
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Quoting WxGeekVA:




For the love of god, lighten up! It's April Fools Day, the one day a year when you can straight up lie or make something up and get away with it! Let us have fun without having it ruined by someone wih no sense of humor! Thank You!
legend has it aprils fools are to be played before the noon time passing after that it was only a fool himself that would pull a prank
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March 31, 2011

March 31, 2012
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Quoting aspectre:
Inre 7 Ameister12, 16 TropicalAnalystwx13 and 29 WxGeekVA,
I mean really, dudes, AprilFools jokes are supposed to be harmless; like the BBC's video on spaghetti trees being harvested in Switzerland.
Faking the NationalWeatherService's report-styling to lend credibility is not harmless.


Quoting WatchingThisOne:


My feeling on this is that NWS material must NEVER be spoofed, even on April 1st. That way the real NWS announcements ALWAYS get taken seriously. Definitely not funny.


For the love of god, lighten up! It's April Fools Day, the one day a year when you can straight up lie or make something up and get away with it! Let us have fun without having it ruined by someone wih no sense of humor! Thank You!
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Regarding the April Fools posts, some people are more gullible than you might think. Here is a (true) story about people who believed stories from The Onion.
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Quoting bappit:

Look and feel.


My feeling on this is that NWS material must NEVER be spoofed, even on April 1st. That way the real NWS announcements ALWAYS get taken seriously. Definitely not funny.
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March 31, 2011

March 31, 2012
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Quoting TropicalAnalystwx13:

I doubt somebody would believe those considering no where in my post does it mention the official NWS/SPC :)

Look and feel.
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Quoting Patrap:
Welcome to the New Earth, brought to you by Big Energy and "us" overall.







Dolphins apparently took quite a hit. Liver and lung issues for them. Overall, the damage from the Deepwater spill appears far worse than "expected."

UK's Guardian - "Gulf's dolphins pay heavy price for Deepwater oil spill"
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Quoting wunderkidcayman:


hey I'm cool I see that there is more clouds on sat I wish it can grow and stay here and hopefully get some rain still looks dry here

Yeah.....it's currently partly cloudy here in Kingston, Jamaica
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Jeff co-founded the Weather Underground in 1995 while working on his Ph.D. He flew with the NOAA Hurricane Hunters from 1986-1990.