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NWS Lubbock Issues Festive Forecast Discussion on Christmas Eve

By Sean Breslin
Published: December 25, 2013
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Even the Grinch would have broken a smile if he had a chance to read this Texas weather forecast.

The image above is a clip from the Area Forecast Discussion issued by the National Weather Service in Lubbock, Texas on the afternoon of Christmas Eve. It's both rhyme and reason, and it's the perfect pick-me-up during the holidays.

(MORE: Miserable Christmas for Thousands Without Power Following Winter Storm Gemini)

Its Night-Before-Christmas-like theme rings out but still delivers the forecast in a delightful marriage of wit and meteorology. Our users agree Lubbock's meteorologists have earned the right to laugh every now and then – in April, the town was named the Toughest Weather City in America, beating 63 other cities in a weather.com tournament.

This isn't the first time an NWS meteorologist has used a forecast discussion to communicate a thinly-disguised, alternative message. Back in October, as the country was gripped by a government shutdown, NWS Anchorage had an important message from the agency's employees.

During that same political event, NWS meteorologists earned the respect of the weather world when several employees from the Rapid City, S.D. branch walked to work, braving blizzard-like conditions from Winter Storm Atlas to provide an accurate forecast despite the government shutdown.

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A dust storm marches through Lubbock, Texas in 2011. (Photo: iWitnessWeather contributor bgoodman0311)


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