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September 24, 2005

Desperately seeking metaphor

I'm watching CNN's live coverage of Rita's landfall. I know it's late, and CNN's folks must be tired, but these guys are cracking me up.

Their weather guy (WG) in Atlanta was trying to explain to Aaron Brown why Rita is expected to stall in NE Texas. The reality is that a new high pressure ridge is forming, and it is likely to keep the remnants of the hurricane from moving away. WG had been describing the ridge as banana-shaped, but then self-consciously realized that likening the ridge to a banana was kind of goofy, so he just switched to calling it kidney bean-shaped. That'll do.

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