Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Radar Love

It's easy to become addicted to radar when you live in Washington, DC.

It's a beautiful day and, ooh, look, there are tiny birds singing in the golden trees under the bright smiling sun.

Then, suddenly, the black cloud of death appears on the horizon and thunder makes love to lightening, resulting in thousands of hail babies.

As Wikipedia explains, RADAR was invented by Gary Burghoff, who played Radar on the long-running television show M*A*S*H (Please note M*A*S*H's use of the * long before N*Sync).

Anyway, radar works by combining the opinions of hundreds of thousands of observers on the ground who constantly call the weather service and say "ooh, blue." or "argh! red!" Then the weather service creates a map with those colors. The observers are known as Doppler Effects.

Also, for some reason, Wikipedia mentions that "Al Franken is SATAN Al Franken is SATAN Al Franken is SATAN," but I still haven't figured out how that applies to radar, unless Franken is a doppler effect.

For fun radar, that loops and such, try this website. First look up your city's weather forecast, and then click on the radar picture on the lower right hand side of the page. Fun for sure!


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