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Don't Mock the Meteorologist

Meteorologists all across the country are having questions today regarding the perceived over-hyping of Hurricane Irene. Leaving aside the discussion about whether or not Irene was over-hyped, and who might actually be to blame (spoiler-alert: It’s not the meteorologists…), comedian Dean Obeidallah offers a defense of meteorologists in his opinion piece titled “Don’t Mock the Weatherguy

In short, Mr. Obeidallah offers this warning, “If we continue to mock these heroic weatherpeople who try to make our lives in a challenging world a little better, then don’t be surprised when, one day, we hear them collectively announce, ‘Enough!’” and leave the population “…like cavemen to predict weather based on the sounds of insects and our swollen feet.”