Seattle weather forecaster uses poetry in attempt to break soggy 'curse'

A rainy February day in Seattle.

With it raining at some point on 57 of the days since Feb. 1 (an .866 rainy "batting average" for those scoring at home), you can't blame Seattleites for longing for a dry streak.

However, the forecast for the upcoming week suggests the goal remains elusive. But one forecaster at the Seattle office of the National Weather Service is not giving up!

The forecasters there write a "forecast discussion" every 6 hours -- it was originally intended as a mostly internal product for consumption by other regional meteorologists and nearby NWS offices to get a sense of what the NWS forecaster here was thinking about when crafting the forecast. But now with everything available on the internet, the discussion has a much wider public reach.

The forecaster on the overnight shift Sunday morning, only ever wanting to be identified by his initials "SMR", saw the week ahead didn't present much hope for ending our generally wet pattern and decided to take matters into his own hands by attempting to break the "curse" with what else?


Here is his forecast from 2:30 a.m on Sunday:

.SHORT TERM...Here I sit looking model to model,
seeking a solution that won`t make me hit the bottle.

Though I must admit perpetual sogginess makes forecasting a breeze.

Debating whether or not Seattle is under a curse,
I decided to type this discussion in verse.

So if this weather poem does not please,
do remember I studied science and not humanities.
Let`s start this off on a happy note,
with words so rare they leap from my throat.

A weak ridge aloft will keep conditions dry and a break in the clouds will bring some sun.

This should last for most of today,
so take this rare opportunity to go out and play.
An approaching upper level trough will sadly kill this fun,
with an incoming front bringing rain overnight tonight and into Mon.
The advancing trough behind this front,
will allow showers to continue compounding this affront.

Once the trough passes by Monday night yet another ridge will be overhead.

Temps will rise if only a tease,
for they still can`t escape beyond the 50s.

The next weather system looms to the south filling this forecaster with dread.
As it lifts northward, it looks to return precipitation for Wed. SMR
.LONG TERM...Rain will spread as far as the eye can see,
even though models still tend to disagree.

On the track of the low but this point is fairly moot,
because no matter who`s right it`s just going to rain some more.

Wet conditions persist for the second half of the week,
so you`d best be accustomed to shoes that squeak.

And so at my heart these models tore
as I looked upon them like The Raven from days of yore.

I continue to ask if Seattle shall see consistent sun
and they continue to seemingly answer...nevermore. SMR
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