Weather Made Scary

In their never ending attempts to create public interest in the weather (and draw advertising sponsors), televised weather reports use terms and storm names that attempt to frighten viewers.

They now use “Bomb Cyclone” to call attention to a possible, heavy winter snow.

A Popular Science article included several quotes to clarify this predicted winter weather event. “Heads up: There’s nothing particularly unique about a ‘bomb cyclone.’ Almost all of our big storms ‘bomb out’. As for winter hurricane? Ridiculous term. Almost all major nor’easters produce hurricane force winds over the ocean. It’s a nor’easter… nothing new. #nbcct

— Ryan Hanrahan (@ryanhanrahan) January 3, 2018

The impact of a cold winter is said to be causing the maple syrup season to arrive two weeks late.   Hold your pancakes!

A problem has emerged for these weather reporters. The supply of scary storm names is drying up. Scary headlines have become more difficult to write. It is time to act before it is too late. I am willing to take the lead on this effort. Try these shock headlines.

“Drought Continues in Sahara desert!”

“Horses Forced to Run in the Mud at Kentucky Derby.”

“Devil-shaped Clouds seen Over Washington, DC!”


Be afraid, be very afraid.

About authorbillramsey

During his forty-year professional career, Bill Ramsey wrote magazine articles and business newsletters. Now retired in the mountains of western North Carolina, he writes a blog and has published four books. Bill's 2015 collection of concise, real-life essays is titled "What Do YOU Think?" He has also written "Me Now - Who Next? (The Inspiring Story of a Traumatic Brain Injury Recovery)" and "Now That I Think About It. Bill's books and are available from and on all e-readers. See Follow Bill on Facebook at
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