We had some severe thunderstorms move through the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area yesterday afternoon that pelted my house with marble-sized hail. (There were reports of “tennis ball” hail in the area, although the largest I saw on the news was closer to “golf ball.”)
I heard sirens and along with the rattle of chunks of ice raining hard against the windows upstairs, I decided I better wake up my 16-month-old daughter from her nap and head to the basement with the dog and whatever cats I could collect along the way. (My wife was at work.)
By the time I got down there and logged in to an old computer to check the radar, the heavy stuff had passed. I went up to see what TV news had to say about the whole thing, and was treated to this staple of Minneapolis storm reporting:
“This storm has a history of producing high winds and hail.” And so on. “This storm has a history of (blah blah blah)…”
It sounds just a touch pretentious, don’t you think?* What’s next, Mr. Weather Person? Are you going to hold up a manila folder and say, “I have its file right here. This is a bad one, it is. Just look at this rap sheet. Tsk, tsk.”
Can’t we simply say: “This storm has produced high winds and hail.”?
*Let’s not discuss my own glass house of self-important ramblings, vulnerable to the stinging hail of irony.
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