Category:
Weather

Michael Fish Moment

With Hurricane Ophelia headed in the direction of the U.K., it seems like an appropriate moment to remember the Great Storm of 1987. In particular, Oct 15, 1987, when TV weatherman Michael Fish opened his forecast with the remark, "Earlier on today, apparently, a woman rang the BBC and said she heard there was a hurricane on the way; well, if you're watching, don't worry, there isn't." A few hours later, the worst storm in 300 years hit Britain, killing 18 people. Though, in Fish's defense, it technically wasn't a hurricane.

In the UK, whenever anyone makes a really bad prediction, it's still known as a "Michael Fish moment."

More info: wikipedia

Posted By: Alex - Sun Oct 15, 2017 - Comments (2)
Category: Predictions, 1980s, Weather

Welsh Weather Report

Recent weather forecast for Welsh town of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch. More info: cbc.ca

Posted By: Alex - Fri Sep 11, 2015 - Comments (4)
Category: Weird Names, Weather

Worm Weather Visits Southern Norway

I finally tracked down the original story. It's copyright so click here and read all about it.

Posted By: Expat47 - Mon Apr 20, 2015 - Comments (3)
Category: Europe, Weather

All Over Rain Cover

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Air holes? Who need to breath so long as you're dry?

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Oct 14, 2013 - Comments (8)
Category: Death, Fashion, Advertising, 1940s, Weather

Beat the Heat with Your Meat

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At last, a solution to global warming!

Original ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Mar 14, 2013 - Comments (7)
Category: Food, Advertising, 1950s, Weather

Garlic Fog Invades Los Angeles, 1949

Back in late 1949, people throughout Los Angeles County reported a strong odor that smelled like garlic. The smell persisted for weeks, periodically increasing in intensity. Some residents took to wearing gas masks. There were reports of the fumes being so strong that they discolored fences and buildings. There was a widespred fear that it was a poison gas attack.

Despite a lot of speculation, I'm not sure that the source of the mystery odor was ever identified, although leading theories were that it was either coming from the Los Angeles River bed, or from a chemical factory. It became known as the invasion of the Garlic Fog. [Sydney Morning Herald, Aug 7, 1949] (via Buried Words and Bushwa)

Posted By: Alex - Fri Dec 14, 2012 - Comments (6)
Category: Unsolved Mysteries, 1940s, Weather

An Icicle That Looks Like A Bird


It must have been a slow news day when this photo ran in papers back in 1959. The icicle that looks like a bird was found outside a Detroit home.

Posted By: Alex - Fri Oct 19, 2012 - Comments (4)
Category: Freaks, Oddities, Quirks of Nature, Nature, Weather, 1950s

Cold Wind Causing Facial Paralysis

A search on Google Scholar reveals that common causes of facial paralysis include Herpes simplex virus, lyme disease, Bell's palsy, and Ramsay Hunt syndrome. But in Shanghai, doctors are reporting numerous cases of facial paralysis caused by the cold autumn wind. Fatigue is also a contributing factor. A Shanghai doctor cautions that, "Elderly people, new mothers, children with weak immunity, and those exposed to cold wind after drinking are the most likely to suffer facial paralysis."

It's also reported that the "majority of the patients are male between 20 and 50 years of age." (I'm guessing they're the ones being exposed to the cold wind after drinking.) They're coming into hospitals complaining of sudden paralysis on one side of the face. A little bit of acupuncture and massage, and they're set right. [hillpost.in]

Posted By: Alex - Thu Oct 18, 2012 - Comments (8)
Category: Health, Medicine, Weather

Play in the Snow



It's still winter, folks!

Posted By: Paul - Tue Jan 19, 2010 - Comments (2)
Category: Games, Seasonal, Children, Documentaries, 1940s, Weather

Al Kaprielian





Goodbye, Al Kaprielian.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Dec 17, 2009 - Comments (4)
Category: Eccentrics, Regionalism, Television, Weather

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