Meteorological “Events”

In catching the weather reports in the last little while, I’ve noticed that everything that is happening weather-wise, seems to be dubbed and ‘event’.

The other day we had a “wind event”. Not simply a windy day but a “wind event”. I mean, don’t get me wrong, it was indeed a blustery day but I went about my daily activities as normal and other than noting a few things the wind had blown over or knocked down, it was in my opinion, rather uneventful.

A few weeks ago, we had a snowstorm warning. Apparently, to everyone’s surprise, the temperature rose and instead of snow we got…you guessed it, a “rain event”. Again, it was quite rainy but I continued to see the term “rain event” being thrown around recklessly over repeated weather reports. I didn’t understand why there was a dire need to report about rain so often in the evening. Unlike the forementioned “wind event”, which got some post event coverage showing “felled” trees (yes, another term I’ve learned watching weather reports), the rain event was not even mentioned the next day. As ridiculous as the “rain event” was in the first place, it seemed even more ridiculous to highlight the insignificance of this event even more by not even mentioning it the next day.

In this outbreak of a need for meteorologists to justify their jobs, there seems to have been an onslaught of new terminology as well as some clarification of known weather terminology. Two days ago, a woman who was reporting the weather, actually took time out of the weather report to clarify that she wasn’t using the term “blizzard” because that implied that there was a possible threat to lives with the temperatures and weather conditions. Hmmm…that’s funny. I just looked up the term blizzard, and here’s what I found:


/ˈblɪzərd/ Show Spelled Pronunciation [bliz-erd] Show IPA Pronunciation
a.a storm with dry, driving snow, strong winds, and intense cold.
b.a heavy and prolonged snowstorm covering a wide area. inordinately large amount all at one time; avalanche: a blizzard of Christmas cards. –verb (used without object) snow as a blizzard: Looks as though it’s going to blizzard tonight.

Note the above use of the term “blizzard” in a sentence. While a blizzard could possibly present some life threatening circumstances to some people, so could intense cold or even simply a body of water for that matter.

In keeping with this new weather lingo, I will end this by reporting on the weather as I see it, outside of my windows…

Well folks, it looks like another intense day filled with low temperatures hovering around the freezing mark. Notice that I mentioned the freezing mark. This means that there is only a minor possibility of people freezing mid-step if they walk down the streets. Note that there is still a threat of getting tongues stuck to poles so watch out and steer clear of this danger. There is a slight breeze right now but be warned, this could turn into a possible wind event. This could mean that the snow sitting on the ground right now could get blown around creating wet conditions on anything it touches.


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