My wife, whom I affectionately refer to as "Kath," loves to watch the nightly news on WGEM and NBC. Many nights, I enjoy sitting in the living room with her, exchanging thoughts about the various stories unfolding in front of us.
I'll be honest, most of those thoughts revolve around the weather portion of the newscast. I enjoy when WGEM meteorologists Mike Cole, Kevin Shive or Chelsea Smith are dazzling me with all of that weather lingo.
Honestly, I usually just want to know if it's going to rain or not tomorrow, but I can't pull myself away because I love hearing them talk about things that I have no real clue about.
Here's a sampling of the conversations that weather-related topics trigger this time of the year in our house:
º Global warming
The weatherman's explanation: The idea that the continual buildup of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere is leading to higher temperatures that could alter climate patterns and seriously disrupt societies.
What Steve says: "Hey Kath, what's the deal with this El Nino business?"
The weatherman's explanation: The envelope of gases that compose the air surrounding Earth.
What Steve says: "Hey Kath ... man, doesn't that night air smell great tonight?!"
The weatherman's explanation: The average, long-term weather of a place.
What Steve says: "Hey Kath, remember when we used to have spring, summer, fall and winter? And now we only have summer and winter. Why is that?"
º Low pressure system
The weatherman's explanation: An area of rising air usually marked by cloudiness.
What Steve says: "Hey, Kath, it looks like rain."
º Relative humidity
The weatherman's explanation: The percentage of the air that is saturated with water vapor at the current temperature, a value that changes with temperature.
What Steve says: "Hey Kath, can you get me another T-shirt? This one's ringing wet with sweat. It's hotter than blazes outside."
º Coriolis Effect
The weatherman's explanation: The "bending" effect of the Earth's rotation on the path of things in motion in the atmosphere and the ocean. The bending or deflection of its course is to the right in the Northern Hemisphere and to the left in the Southern Hemisphere.
What Steve says: "Hey Kath, look at all the stars in the sky. Aren't they cool?!"
At some point in the future, I'll share what my beloved Kath says during Ben Marth's sports reports.