Monday, July 18, 2011

Overheard at the Rectory

Newscaster from American TV Network: "We're now going to our Weather Channel expert...So, why is the country being covered with a massive heat wave?"

Me: "Because it's summer! Back to you!"

Actual Weather Channel Reporter: "A heat wave occurs when a system of high atmospheric pressure moves into an area. In such a high-pressure system, air from upper levels of our atmosphere is pulled toward the ground, where it becomes compressed and increases in temperature.This high concentration of pressure makes it difficult for other weather systems to move into the area, which is why a heat wave can last for several days or weeks. The longer the system stays in an area, the hotter the area becomes. The high-pressure inhibits winds, making them faint to nonexistent. Because the high-pressure system also prevents clouds from entering the region, sunlight can become punishing, heating up the system even more. The combination of all of these factors come together to create the exceptionally hot temperatures we call a heat wave."

Me: "Ha! Isn't that what I just said?"

1 comment:

The Underground Pewster said...

Little wonder that they can't forecast worth a hoot.