They take their weather serious in Minnesota. How serious?
Fist fights have been know to break out in an effort to settle which TV station has the better meteorologist.
Remember earlier I told you Minneapolis has a weather man, Paul Douglas at WCCO, who quotes Thoreau and Whitman?
And when Belinda Jensen announced she was pregnant, well, I tell you. The Mystery Woman and I favor newcomer Sven Sundgaard. He speaks the local dialect.
Well, the other station has moved the competition to a new level. At the State Fair, KARE 11 is selling weather calendars so loaded with info they come with their own Glossary.
The calendar is 59 pages and is so heavy it's a three-holer (for nails). Fifty-nine pages for only twelve months?
For weather nerds, this is the Rosetta Stone. At fifteen bucks, the calendar is a bargain. If you can't get to the Fair, order yours on-line. Be sure to specify 2008. No, I do not get a commission.
I don't care if you think me to be a total nerd. Not when it comes to weather. I grew up in Lubbock, or Baja Oklahoma, where the wind comes whistling from the plains. Tornado watching was considered teenage fun before TV finally came to town. It's only natural that I became a weather nerd.
Thanks to this calendar, the Mystery Woman has learned she is a phenologist. Naturally, I'm the chief phenologist in our house. (Phenix, get it?) Or at least she lets me think I am.
Phenology? Look it up. I'm not going to do all the work.