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Rhino power marketing stunt for weather

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Meteorologists are a pretty uppity bunch of people. It all started back in the 1970s, when several of them, working in dark rooms and never actually seeing the weather outside, wondered if we might be due for another ice age. This became headline news for a while, and suddenly meteorology was, so to speak, cool. Huge numbers of bad hairstyles and nylon shirts began to appear on TV news programmes.

In the mid-1980s, when it became clear that waiting for an ice age was not going to sustain public attention, they decided that we'd have global warming instead, and that it might be happenning really very soon. Excellent - meteorology gets back onto primetime TV.

Of course, they then realized that it was better to talk about "climate change" than "global warming", because climate change gives you more options - the climate is always changing (a.k.a. weather), and hence they were bound to be right. Climate change has basically funded meteorologists in terms of both money and status for the last few decades - it's win win and, who knows, they may be right. In any event, it'll help to nudge us away from dependence on fossil fuels.

Of late, however, the excitement of climate change has begun to pall slightly. The men in dark rooms have therefore started to try livening up day-to-day weather. The first step has been to give all storms names, presumably to make the weather more personal. I don't know how long this has been going on in the US, but it's a new thing here in the UK. Major storms and, now, lesser storms are named. There are plans afoot to give names to even gentler forms of weather so that, for instance, Breeze Enid might ruffle your hair, or Drizzle Frank might moisten your flowerbeds. Of course, they'll have to start using surnames at some point to avoid confusion; so we'll have "Short Sunny Spell Malcolm Gunderson".

More recently, though, even this has failed to capture the public's attention. Weathermen have therefore had to devise entirely new types of weather. A chilly wind from the north has become a "Polar Vortex", and I have just learned that a particularly strong tornado has been announced as a "Bomb Tornado". (There's one due on the east coast of the USA shortly, as I write this. So if you live on the east coast, eat something heavy now.)

Things are clearly getting out of hand, and what's obviously needed is an entirely new class of weather descriptors. What I propose, following on from [doc]'s excellent lead, is that weather be quantified in rhinos, based on the number of actual rhinos that it would take to do similar damage in, say, a back yard.

Thus, a gale becomes a "rhino event". A hurricane might be a "two rhino" or even "five rhino" event. A gentle breeze might be only a few millirhinos, and a heavy downpour might be a few centirhinos. This will open up new televisual opportunities for the weathermen and weatherwomen, including appearances in crossover weather-wildlife documentaries.

MaxwellBuchanan, Jan 03 2018

Suggested by: Rhino_20Power_20Mar...tunt_20For_20Trucks
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       I'd like to see lots more allusions to "rhino power" in our day to day conversations. It's an underused metaphor.   

       To get a message out over the screeching din of all the media outlets one has to choose from these days, the rhino and its power is the perfect tagline to give punch to your assertion.   

       Doctor on newscast telling you to get your flu vaccine: "This year's strain is gonna hit like a rhino!"   

       Investment advisor on a talk show: "You can invest in no load polymorphic mutual bond derivatives, but if you really want your portfolio to hit like a rhino..."   

       And of course, any weather guy referring to a "rhino event" is going to get a lot more attention than saying "Category 5 or whatever".   

       This idea hit like a charging rhino! [+].
doctorremulac3, Jan 03 2018
  

       How very strange. Earlier this morning I thought it’d be a good idea to name storms after famous people. After a while I thought this might not be such a good idea if the destruction were equated with the famous person. Then I thought it’d be sufficient if we just gave storms surnames too, and they could be ‘bought’ in advance by anyone who wanted to use their own name (first + surname) (or perhaps someone else’s name, if they were crafty about it). And here you go also suggesting storms require surnames also, too, as well. In addition.
Ian Tindale, Jan 03 2018
  

       This idea would require calibration by closely observing and recording the consequences of releasing rhinos into appropriate environments, and then provoking them.   

       The damage could well be catastrophic.   

       What an excellent idea. [+]   

       Scene: Exterior, day. A street - "Railway Cuttings, East Cheam".   

       A VAN drives up, towing a large TRAILER. The VAN stops. The TRAILER is rocking; heavy thumping can be heard.   

       A MAN carrying a CLIP-BOARD exits the VAN and approaches the door of NUMBER 23. He knocks.   

       The door opens.   

       Sid James (consulting clipboard): "Mister A Hancock ? I'm Mr. James from the Met Office. We wrote to you about some research into weather ?"   

       Hilarity ensues ...
8th of 7, Jan 03 2018
  

       No firestorm names, though.
wjt, Jan 04 2018
  

       Why not ? They could be given cheerful historical names, like "Lübeck", "Hamburg", "Tokyo", "Kobe" and "Dresden".   

       But not "Coventry" of course, because that would be in bad taste.
8th of 7, Jan 04 2018
  

       I can foresee a potential problem with this stupid craze of naming weather to appease the insatiable thirst for sensationalism by the news media. A bomb cyclone? How is that different from a severe cyclone? But why “bomb”? Let’s take it further. What’s like a bomb? A terrorist attack uses bombs, but also other forms of destruction. It isn’t just a severe wind, but an anthrax wind. It isn’t just a bit of a windy day, it is a “hijacked passenger jet” stormy day. It isn’t just a hot day, it is a “nuclear dirty bomb in a suitcase heat death” day. It isn’t just cloudy and dark, it is “bomb on the underground causing city-wide power failure” cloudy darkness. The terminology used is very similar to terrorist activities. The ultimate outcome is that on every weather report for every slightly perturbed weather that isn’t totally peaceful and neutral, the weather will be suffixed with the phrase “…but police state that this weather is not terrorist related, we repeat, this weather is not Islamist terrorism related, the police state that this is not Islamic related weather.”
Ian Tindale, Jan 05 2018
  

       Logically, we should initiate a fad for naming babies after weather phenomena. Over time these names will become widely-accepted and adopted into the contemporary lexicon of trendy names for your offspring. Then, as meteorologists exhaust the stock of names for storms, hurricanes, strong breezes, etc., they will turn to this new, rich seam of names and you will have "Hurricane Sunny-day", "Storm Scattered-showers", "Hurricane Hurricane", etc.
hippo, Jan 05 2018
  

       Snow White?
MaxwellBuchanan, Jan 05 2018
  

       If you pay for the good stuff, yes.
8th of 7, Jan 05 2018
  

       //Name storms after famous people// Someone started naming storms after climate change deniers.   

       //The damage could well be catastrophic. // rhinostrophic, shirley.
marklar, Jan 09 2018
  

       How does the order go? Catastrophic <dogostrophic <rhinostrophic <termiteostrophic <fungistrophic?
bs0u0155, Jan 09 2018
  

       A diecperianapalinstrophe might go right through and out the other side, then come back around, sneak up and get you again. Rhino optional.
pertinax, Jan 11 2018
  

       //How does the order go? Catastrophic <dogostrophic <rhinostrophic <termiteostrophic <fungistrophic?//   

       You forgot apostrophic.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jan 12 2018
  

       Not being postrophic.
Ian Tindale, Jan 12 2018
  

       Postrophic, adj. On a diet.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jan 12 2018
  

       There’s a lot in the news lately about this new storm called ‘Daniels’ – apparently, it’ll blow quite spectacularly.
Ian Tindale, Mar 28 2018
  
      
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