|PET PEEVES AND BOTHERSOME METEOROLOGY
METEOROLOGIST JEFF HABY
Chuck Doswell has a very interesting list of his pet peeves and bothersome meteorology. Many of them are quite
humorous and/or informative. I highly recommend reading the Doswell pet peeves: They are entertaining and quite
thought provoking. His list is available at:
I tried to think
of some of my own pet peeves and bothersome meteorology. I have listed some of them below. If you have any of your
own pet peeves that relate to meteorology, send them to me.
1. Isodrosotherm- The word is way too long.
A 5-syllable word to describe dewpoint is just too long (although some words in meteorology are even longer). An
isotherm only has 3 syllables. Instead of isodrosotherm; how about changing it to isodew, isomoist, dewpleths,
hydrolines, or dewlines
2. Atmospheric disturbance- Phrase says nothing about the processes in the atmosphere
which are causing the disturbance. Often, this term is used to refer to a region of precipitation or some type of
low pressure. All in all, it is too general of a phrase.
3. Glaze- The word in meteorology means the same as
freezing rain. It doesn't make sense how this word came to mean the same thing as freezing rain. When I think of
glaze, I think of a "sugary" coating on a donut or a coating of honey on a muffin. I'm ready for sweets, not a
popsicle! Let's save glaze for the bakery, pottery and glassware but not for freezing precipitation. By the way,
why do they call the coating on a cake "icing" when it is not frozen?
4. Isn't it annoying to have to specify
everything relative to the Northern Hemisphere when communicating with those is the Southern Hemisphere or people
who always have the Southern Hemisphere in mind? Examples: lows spinning clockwise instead of counterclockwise,
Coriolis deflection to the left instead of the right, earth spinning clockwise instead of counterclockwise,
hurricanes spinning the other way, clockwise tornadogenesis, different star patterns, north facing structures
receiving more sunlight, south being toward high latitudes instead of low latitudes. The toilet flushing the
opposite direction is the MOST annoying (because it is not true). Gosh, at least the sun rises in the eastern
half of the sky in both Hemispheres.
5. The word meteorology- Isn't it annoying when someone thinks a meteorologist
studies meteors, the stars and planets (the heavens). It might be just a little more straight forward if the word
was: weatherology. A climatologist studies climate. Shouldn't a person who studies weather be called a weatherologist?
6. The fact that there is negative vorticity advection within a region of positive
vorticity (challenging to teach!), PVA and NVA are not the same as PV and NV (that A makes a HUGE difference)
7. The most annoying thing in meteorology of them all- Blowing a forecast