Hi, thanks for joining us here once again. It’s Week #5 here in our little corner of the digital world. Coming up: Another winner to announce, a humorous look at weather reporting, and another Great Bend trivia question to tickle your neurons.
Congratulations to Gene Finch, our latest Registered Certified Trivia Expert. Gene correctly identified “Farmer’s Market” as the name of the supermarket once located at 18th and Washington. My wife and I went there often when we lived in that neighborhood “back in the day”.
As a long-time weather observer I’ve noticed a trend toward more imaginative descriptions of hailstones. It used to be just “small, medium or large” hail. Now there’s pea-sized, marble, quarter, golf ball, baseball, softball, and a new one I heard the other night: “ping-pong ball-sized hail”. So where is this trend leading us? As weather reporters and storm spotters try to break new ground in their efforts to out-describe each other in the hail field I can foresee a day in which things really get crazy. Here’s a possible exchange between the anchor and the storm spotter:
“And now let’s go to our storm spotter in the field. Ed, you’re getting hail there now?”
“Yes, Ron. We started out with pea-sized hail, then it shifted to irregular shapes, like peas and carrots; you know-mixed vegetables.”
“Ed, would that be name brand mixed vegetables or house brand?”
“Oh, definitely name brand mixed vegetables Ron. The shapes are very well-defined. This is your better quality hail, no doubt about it.”
“The noise in the background is getting louder now, Ed. What can you tell us?”
“We’re getting prune-shaped hail now, Ron, with occasional apricots and some pieces that look very much like brussel sprouts. Can’t say I care much for brussel sprouts, Ron. They really give me gas.”
“Oh, me too. Not a big fan of the sprouts. Give me green beans any day.”
“The intensity is picking up now Ron. We’re getting tangerine-sized hail now, or is it nectarine? I always get those two mixed up.”
“Could it be clementines, Ed? Those little orangey things that are real sweet if you get ’em at just the right time?”
“Might have been, Ron. It’s switched over to lemon-size hail now, yeah, that’s it, with a few limes, too. Oh, there goes a bunch of small Idaho russet potatoes. And now chicken nuggets are falling.”
“Alright, thanks for the report Ed. Stay safe. I’m gonna wrap it up from this end for now. Supper just arrived and you’ve given me a heck of an appetite. Oh, oh.”
“Something wrong there, Ron?”
“Yeah. This TV dinner has brussel sprouts in it.”
Okay, on to our latest Great Bend Trivia Question: Where was Triangle Drug located?
Thanks for looking in on us. Have a great week –with NO hail–ahead.