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(Fox News)   Tropical Storm "I'm not dead yet" Zeta gives a big UFIA to forecasters and strengthens back into a tropical storm   (foxnews.com) divider line 33
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2006-01-05 02:00:04 PM
Can it be? A TS Zeta headline with no reference to Michael Douglas?
 
2006-01-05 02:02:17 PM
Which dies first: Zeta or Sharon?
 
2006-01-05 02:02:21 PM
Isn't the "I'm not dead yet" line a direct reference to MD?
 
2006-01-05 02:03:20 PM
Is it?
 
2006-01-05 02:03:48 PM
Hmmm, I think Energizer needs to sponser this storm, the little bugger just keeps going and going.

/Like bunnies
//Hmmm, doing the nasty with Zeta like bunnies!
 
2006-01-05 02:03:53 PM
SHE'S NOT DEAD YET LIKE KIRK DOUGLAS ISN'T DEAD YET!! HAAR HAR I'M TEH FUNNY!!!11!
 
2006-01-05 02:04:02 PM
Its a direct reference to monty python.

Just saw spamalot (with Hank Azaria, Niles... er, i mean, David Hyde-Pierce, and a few other notables) in NYC yesterday. If you can find tickets - go. Farking hillarious.
 
2006-01-05 02:04:21 PM
Don't think so Cockroach, I imagine Zeta has given more than one UFIA to Douglas in their loving relationship...
 
2006-01-05 02:06:43 PM
Michael darling, if you're watching, the diapers are in the bedroom closet and the baby's diapers are under the sink.
 
2006-01-05 02:07:39 PM
Enjoyed the headline, nice job submitter.
 
2006-01-05 02:08:16 PM
Jesus Farking Christ

Well there's something I could have happily gone multiple lifetimes without ever thinking about.

/'scuse me while I purge.
 
2006-01-05 02:19:06 PM
img270.imageshack.us
 
2006-01-05 02:19:57 PM
::yawn::
 
2006-01-05 02:24:05 PM
not nearly as good as the previous Zeta headline
 
2006-01-05 02:32:13 PM
Ya can't keep a good Zeta down. Despite Zorro sequels.
 
2006-01-05 02:33:17 PM
Zeta, which poses no threat to land, is the last and 27th named storm in a tumultuous, record-breaking 2005 Atlantic hurricane season that officially ended more than a month ago.

How many things are wrong in that one sentence?

#1 How can they claim it's the last? There could still be another one. They said Alpha would be the last, then Beta, then Gamma, etc.

#2 How can it be the last in the "Atlantic hurricane season" if the Atlantic hurricane season was over a month ago? That's like saying "The Redskins won 2 games in their season after the season ended".
 
2006-01-05 02:35:52 PM
But before you believe that Zeta is dead, you might want to review some of the comments about Zeta in the official National Hurricane Center discussions the past few days:

10 PM EST SUN JAN 01 2006
I HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO FORECAST WEAKENING AGAIN AND AGAIN.

4 PM EST MON JAN 02 2006
THEREFORE I HAVE NOT BACKED OFF ON THE FORECAST OF WEAKENING. OF COURSE...ZETA MAY HAVE OTHER IDEAS.

4 PM EST TUE JAN 03 2006
SO...ALTHOUGH YOU'VE HEARD THIS FROM US BEFORE...WE EXPECT A WEAKENING TREND TO COMMENCE TOMORROW.

10 AM EST WED JAN 04 2006
AS YOU CAN SEE...I RAN OUT THINGS TO SAY.

10 AM EST THU JAN 05 2006
SO...REGRETFULLY...THE INTENSITY HAS BEEN INCREASED TO 35 KT AND ZETA IS A TROPICAL STORM ONCE AGAIN.

source: Dr. Jeff Master's WunderBlog
 
2006-01-05 02:39:08 PM
Walker: How can they claim it's the last?

Because it's 2006. "The 2006 season officially begins June 1, but any tropical storms that form at any time this year would be part of its tally. The first name on the list is Alberto." source

How can it be the last in the "Atlantic hurricane season" if the Atlantic hurricane season was over a month ago?

"The 2005 hurricane season officially ended Nov. 30, but hurricane specialist Jack Beven said the season is 'not officially over until we write the last advisory, which will be in the next day or two.'" (same source)
 
2006-01-05 02:40:29 PM
People jonesin' about Zeta.
 
2006-01-05 02:47:37 PM
We won't need to worry about this year's season, last year's season is still going on.

What the Fark.
 
2006-01-05 02:47:53 PM
I know I'm lame but what is the meaning of UFIA, and the inside FARK joke of what UFIA means?
 
2006-01-05 02:52:07 PM
DUBossDJ: what is the meaning of UFIA

Canned answer: See this website for more info. (pops)
 
2006-01-05 02:56:44 PM
I'm about 50/50 with giving a girl the UFIA during sex and having them not yell at me.
 
2006-01-05 03:08:38 PM
Anyone care to photoshop a hurricane shaped like the "shocker"?
 
2006-01-05 03:18:32 PM
This just in: Tropical Storm Zeta renamed "Vigoda."
 
2006-01-05 03:29:11 PM
I'm Not Dead Yet -- also the name of a Fruit Fly Gene
 
2006-01-05 03:38:12 PM
it never weakened
 
2006-01-05 03:43:32 PM
This thread is useless without CZJ pics.

/da fact
 
2006-01-05 04:56:10 PM
This guy seems to have the answer.

http://www.weatherwars.info/

/doesn't pop
//no slashly skeels
 
2006-01-05 05:50:32 PM
Yeah, the National Hurricane Center forecasters, especially after Epsilon and Zeta, have been pretty clear that their intensity models are not particularly useful for subtropical systems. It's sometimes fun to read the discussion portions of the NHC advisories, as they're quite honest about what they know and don't know. Here are the ones for Zeta.
 
2006-01-05 06:01:14 PM
It's actually sort of worth comparing the Fox News version to the actual discussion...

Fox News:

Its second chance as a storm shouldn't last more than a day, because another weather system should come along and "decapitate" Zeta with strong wind shear, hurricane specialist Stacy Stewart said.

NHC Discussion:

ONLY SLOW WEAKENING IS EXPECTED FOR THE NEXT 12 HOURS OR SO... AFTER WHICH STRONG SHEAR BEHIND THE AFOREMENTIONED SHORTWAVE TROUGH "SHOULD" DECAPITATE THE CYCLONE.

It's a good example of how tone and context are regularly mangled, innocently and without bias, in the process of reporting. The first version reads as though Stewart were saying that it's his belief that the storm will dissipate under the forecast conditions, whereas the second reads in a way that implies that Stewart is conveying the predictions of the models without any great degree of confidence in those predictions.
 
2006-01-05 07:07:36 PM
News Anchor: Bring out your dead! Bring out your dead!
Weatherman: Here's one.
Zeta: I'm not dead yet!
Sports Commentator: Here, he says he's not dead!
Weatherman: Yes he is.
Zeta: I feel happy. I feel happy. (sings) I am not dead yet/ I can dance and I can sing/ I am not dead yet/ I can do the Highland Fling...

/just saw Spamalot yesterday
 
2006-01-05 08:10:26 PM
Very good ornithopter. You beat me to it.
 
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