Welcome to the Weekly Siren Test, AtmoLife’s hodgepodge of meteorological happenings helping you survive your Monday Tuesday. Content may or may not be satire, and it is your responsibility to decipher that for yourself.

Perhaps we brought this disrespect upon ourselves. For decades, meteorologists like us have complained about the public undervaluing our profession. We’ve tirelesly refuted the frequent snide remarks saying “I wish I could get paid to be wrong half the time.” Now, it appears the tables have turned, and we in the weather community have become too valued by the public. When we publicly discuss anything that isn’t weather related, especially over social media, we are scolded by those with dissenting opinions to “stick to weather.”

While these remarks come from people who value our meteorological insight, they are still inherently disrespectful by assuming our entire value as individuals resides within our weather backgrounds. Our fascination for the atmosphere unites those of us in the meteorology community, but it is not meant to bind us. Does the public genuinely expect us to have no other interests, opinions, or meaningful aspects of our lives besides weather? To be fair, we all know a couple folks where that expectation is absolutely correct, but for the most part, meteorologists also like to talk about food, sports, politics, travel, gaming, movies, food, religion, beer, literature, history, food (I was really hungry while writing this), you name it.

In order to truly gain the public’s respect, we must double down on communicating our other interests. It’s time to stick to not sticking to weather. 

It’s time to go on strike. A worldwide meteorologist strike would very quickly gain the respect of the public. Not only would they immediately realize how much they depended on our forecasts and other research, thereby eliminating the “wrong half the time” argument, the strike would force the public to listen to whatever other topics we feel like discussing and respect us as sorta-well-rounded human beings. Starting right now, we at AtmoLife are imposing a hiatus on all weather related discussions until our following demands are met:

[Puts finger to ear piece] Are you sure? Interesting. Okay, thanks for the heads up.


lol strike is cancelled.


Speaking of 50-foot waves, I think storm chasing out in the Atlantic would be just swell.

Folks from the East Coast who attended AMS 2017 in Seattle get to recover by waking up 3 hours earlier to crappier coffee this week.

As always, the AMS host city is the first forecast location for the now underway Spring Wx Challenge. With possibilities of rain, snow, wind, and sunshine this week, we might See-it-all in Seattle.

All these government “alt accounts” emerging on Twitter should really be named “salt accounts” because they’re pissed about being censored.

Low pressure is expected to move into Houston during Super Bowl LI meaning Tom Brady will literally be playing in a deflated atmosphere.

Finally, some high-quality weather forecasting talent arrives at Penn State.


1. NOAA CPC Long Range Forecasts
2. Model Ensembles
3. The Euro (which also nailed Sandy)
4. Climatology
5. Punxsutawney Phil
6. The GFS
7. Your uncle who remembers this exact pattern from 1986
14. The NAM if NOAA decided to run it for 3 months out
29. AccuWeather’s 45-day forecast
47. The Farmer’s Almanac


Folks, I’m having a lot of trouble finding hype predictions these days. I’m hoping it’s just because the weather in the US has been relatively quiet over the last week or 2, but I’m also not constantly searching through social media seeking out this hype, so I’d love to have your assistance here. If you see someone post an absurd weather forecast on twitter/facebook/wherever, please bring it to my attention because this is a section dedicated to making fun of people who produce such forecasts. If I use the ridiculously hyped forecast that you have pointed out to me, I’ll be sure to credit you and award your school with an AtmoCup bonus point!

NOTE: A long-range model solution showing an extreme event does not count as a hype forecast, but if a meteorologist shares that prediction on social media without noting the obvious caveat that it’s an unreliable long-range model solution rather than their actual outlook, that would count as a hype forecast.

Anyway, here’s the most hyped forecast that I could find this past week. Showing a model’s large-scale solution 10-days out is not the most egregious of hype offenses, but this tweet gets bonus points for mentioning the polar vortex.



Can you tell it’s a slow weather week?


Each week, AtmoLife asks our followers to post a challenge response photo/video to Instagram and tag our Instagram account (atmolife) in it.

Last week’s challenge:Tag atmolife on instagram in a new photo/video of you #DrinkingWithMets. We decided to pick 2 winner again this week.

Here are the winners:

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#drinkingwithmets @atmolife

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#DrinkingWithMets #rockchalk

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Thank you to everyone who participated, and congrats to wxjp2nyy of San Jose State for sharing some drinks at AMS 2017 and to garrettblack22 of Kansas for bringing some Rock Chalk down to Starkvegas (also, it me). You both win a free AtmoLife koozie and 3 AtmoCup points for your schools!

This week’s challenge: Tag us in a new Instagram photo/video, of you, a meteorology person, not sticking to weather. (Thanks @kathiedello for the suggestion!)

Here is our example:

The winning responder will again earn a free AtmoLife koozie and 3 AtmoCup points for their school. We’ll announce the winner in next week’s Siren Test, so be sure to submit your Instagram posts by 12Z Monday!