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A question for the border-dwelling peeps

The whole of Olde England is about the size of New England, so weather broadcasts that take in the whole country are pretty practical. They have local forecasts, too, but they don’t tell you much more.

Weather forecasts here suck amazingly, on account of it’s a little island with a big cold ocean on one side and a continent on the other.

I get a kick out of the map, though. They report the weather for Northern Ireland, but nothing at all about the south. Slice it right off at the boundary. I pointed that out to Uncle B, and he said, “well, do your weather reports include Canada and Mexico?”

Ummm…hm. Do they?

The big national ones don’t, that I recall. Except to say things like, “there’s a mass of cold air coming down from Canada.” I don’t know about local forecasts, though.

How about it, people who live near the borders? Do your local forecasts include nearby cities outside the US?

And so lamely ends a week of blogging lameness. Hey, Spring finally made it to our little corner of paradise. I’ve been out playing in the sunnenshine!

Have a good weekend, everyone!


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 9, 2010, 10:06 pm

Any ideas what I could do with 55 pounds of novacaine?

Comment from Jakeman
Time: April 9, 2010, 10:24 pm

We’re in Phoenix and tho’ I try to avoid the stupidfest that is local “news,” what I’ve seen is they’ll usually only talk about Mexico if a storm is coming up the Sea of Cortez or if spring break is happening.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: April 9, 2010, 10:41 pm

It’s probably as much that the Irish would get the hump if they thought the BBC was trespassing.

It’s a bit of a touchy topic, is Ireland….

Comment from JeffS
Time: April 9, 2010, 10:52 pm

I don’t live all that close to the 49th Parallel anymore, but whenever I venture northwards, the local TV and radio stations in Washington do offer international weather forecasts. But not very far north, usually within TV transmission range of the international border.

The National Weather Service does not do so. They officially ignore Canuckistan. And Mexico as well; both are grayed out.

Comment from Bill (still the .00358% of your traffic that’s from Iraq) T
Time: April 9, 2010, 11:00 pm

Any ideas what I could do with 55 pounds of novacaine?

Yes, and in the interest of maintaining the usual elevated level of discussion on the threads, I will keep them to myself.

But personally, I’d spend the £2100 on Old Kentucky Tavern bourbon…

Comment from EW1(SG)
Time: April 9, 2010, 11:14 pm

Weasel says:

Any ideas what I could do with 55 pounds of novacaine?

Spend a great deal of time at the Old Bailey, explaining what you were doing with 25 kilos of pharmaceutical grade white powder?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 9, 2010, 11:46 pm

But EW1(SG), the webpage says it’s perfectly legal. So you know that’s gotta be true.

Comment from EW1(SG)
Time: April 9, 2010, 11:58 pm

Weasel says:

But EW1(SG), the webpage says it’s perfectly legal. So you know that’s gotta be true.

No doubt.

So there’s no reason for you to end up in the Tower of London. It’s just that the explaining could take years!

I would definitely go with “I’m taking up cosmetic veterinary body piercing as an avocation.” for a defense an explanation.

Comment from Allen
Time: April 10, 2010, 12:32 am

Go with the lidocaine. Just put a leetle bit into your bathwater, and voila! Instant relaxation.

You might want to have Uncle B nearby to make sure you don’t inadverntly slip under the water.

Ha, off to North Carolina tonight. Pig pickin’, golf, NASCAR, and general southern shit.

Comment from EZnSF
Time: April 10, 2010, 1:11 am

I live in San Francisco and according to the local news, the world ends just the other side of Oakland.

Unless, of course, Modesto gets a new shipment of Mexican Novacaine or Sacramento interrupts the harvest of Humboldt herb.

Comment from mostly cajun
Time: April 10, 2010, 1:11 am

Yeah, I’ve done enough international work to get that “You only speak one language” crap along with other snide remarks. I point out, tactfully, mind you, that driving the nine hundred miles east from El Paso, Texas just barely gets you out of Texas, much less the US, and a similar length drive east from the Franco-German border, where they speak French, you’d pass through four or five countries, each with its own language.

It’s hard of our weatherfolk to do one or two states…


Comment from EZnSF
Time: April 10, 2010, 1:48 am

And I bet Cajun knows more Spanish than he lets on.

Comment from Sox
Time: April 10, 2010, 1:53 pm

Any ideas what I could do with 55 pounds of novacaine?

BlackMarket some to Rosetta, next time he thinks he needs to get “Lucky”?

Comment from Andrea Harris
Time: April 10, 2010, 2:26 pm

When I lived in Florida we’d get reports of weather in Mexico and the Caribbean if a hurricane was in the vicinity. Basically the weather stations become obsessed with hurricanes from May through November, so if there was a tiny one heading for the coast of Chile or something we would get a report on it. And the Weather Channel would give international weather as well. I don’t know what they do here in Virginia, though — I don’t have tv now.

Comment from Bill (still the .00358% of your traffic that’s from Iraq) T
Time: April 10, 2010, 2:48 pm

We get our weather from the Air Force, so in order to find out whether or not there’s a shamal heading this way from Syria, I have to sit through the forecasts for Cairo, Ankara, Tehran, Kuwait City, Doha, Riyadh, Saana, Tel Aviv, and Damascus.

Or, I can just ask Colonel Karim to call his mom and find out how her rheumatism is doing. She’s been more accurate in the past thirty months than the weather-guessers have…

Comment from mesa in Texas
Time: April 10, 2010, 5:24 pm

When I lived in Detroit, they would give the temp for Windsor most of the time. Just across the river and lots of folks went there on a daily basis. More like another suburb than part of America’s Hat.

Comment from Mike C.
Time: April 10, 2010, 9:10 pm

The local stations in Texas towns along the border give the forecasts for Mexican cities to the south. Of course, from, say, McAllen to Reynosa is about a 15 minute drive, not counting border formalities. Way, way up north in Houston, you get bupkis about Mexican weather unless it’s a big disaster or something. In NVA, you get forecasts of anything that might hit you or get close to you. Plus disasters, of course.

Comment from Hotrodelectric
Time: April 11, 2010, 7:22 pm

I live approximately 18 miles north of the border, in San Diego, and to hear just the weather reports, you’d think Tijuana didn’t even exist. The only time you will hear Baja Mexico mentioned is when some weather pattern is creeping across the border that may affect us directly. Temps and forecasts are seldom, if ever given for the region outside of San Diego county. Mind you, that’s all local stations in English. The US-based Spanish stations may be different.

Now of course, anything else that happens in TJ or the surrounding area (drug smuggling, multiple murders, kidnappings, and so on) get air time, especially if 1) it’s a slow news day or 2) there is a San Diego connection, however tenuous.

Comment from Lipstick
Time: April 12, 2010, 12:18 am

Anyone have Dixie Carter in the Death Pool?

Comment from scubafreak
Time: April 12, 2010, 3:28 am

Stoatie, just found a clip you might like. A Stoat in the new ‘Life’ series taking down a rabbit 7 times it’s size…


Comment from anon
Time: April 12, 2010, 3:30 am

Well- per CIA Worldbook the entire UK is only about 90,000 square miles. That’s pretty small. Reduce that to England and it’s only about 50,000.

The state of Minnesota is about 84,000 square miles. North Dakota is about 71,000. South Dakota is about 77,000. Wisconsin is about 65,000. Depending on what is going on, I get weather for all four states. Usually it’s bad stuff heading for Minnesota.

While the Dakotas are fairly normal, you can make a valid case for Wisconsin being a foreign country (lousy cheese eating Packer fans) and we see some of their stuff on Twin Cities weather broadcasts on a regular basis.

Comment from SCOTTtheBADGER
Time: April 12, 2010, 8:42 am

Is it wise for a gopher to make sport of Badgers?

Comment from Sporadic Small Arms Fire
Time: April 12, 2010, 2:19 pm

Wuz watching the galloping stoat in that horribly narrated by Orcah “Life” series. All the dumb bunnies sitting around watching their unlucky friend ex-sanguinated.
I was rooting for the stoat for sure. Who says short legs cannot run fast.

Comment from scubafreak
Time: April 12, 2010, 7:39 pm

LOL… Yah, the version aired in the U.S. was narrated by the Oprah. In all, her narrative sounded better….

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