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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 09/29/2008

TV Weather Bloopers

By Steve Tracton

As I've mentioned in previous posts, my early interest in all things weather was greatly reinforced in the 1950s by legendary Boston radio and TV meteorologist Don Kent. Although he had no meteorological degrees after his name, Don was a true-blood meteorologist, and one of the very few TV weather reporters at the time who could be labeled as such. The dominance of non-meteorologists on TV was largely true for the next three to four decades, which saw the role of weather person held by characters ranging from actual clowns, wannabe comedians trying to outdo one another with a variety of wacky stunts, and weather girls "preoccupied with their own frontal systems."

While occasional wackiness still remains in some TV weathercasts, these days the majority of on-air personalities hold degrees in meteorology or a related science, many having earned the American Meteorological Society's Certified Broadcast Meteorologist Seal and/or the National Weather Association's Seal of Approval. Yet, this hasn't seemed to limit the array of TV weather bloopers available on the Web. These modern-day blunders are usually more amusing than the scripted or intentional goofs from earlier in the annals of TV weather history. Though it does seem clear that even now some of the ridiculousness is planned or premeditated.

Here's a sampling of my favorite TV weather bloopers...

CNN Weather Guy loses his cool with news anchor:

Keep reading for more TV weather bloopers, and for additional commentary at the very end of the post. Use the comments link below to send in your favorites that aren't included here. And see our full forecast through the upcoming weekend.

This guy just can't avoid screwing up

These reporters are just asking to be blown away

Don't go on TV if you're scared of roaches!

What in the world is so funny?

FAKE OUT: Watch and see what I mean!

Is this guy for real?

Wise guy loses job

Snow Job

There's one video that I wish I had available to show. In the early 1970s, after finishing graduate school, I auditioned for a TV weather position at a new station in Boston. I was one of two candidates seeking their first opportunity in the broadcast world. I suspect you'd find the tape of my audition more outlandish than most of the current crop of weather bloopers. Needless to say, I didn't get the gig. So I took the hint and instead followed a different career path.

Who did I lose out to? None other than Bob Ryan -- and the rest is history.

By Steve Tracton  | September 29, 2008; 11:00 AM ET
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I missed including one of the best - titled "snow plow". I would have titled it "Snow Job"

Posted by: Steve Tracton | September 29, 2008 12:34 PM | Report abuse

The snow video is great.

Posted by: Paul | September 29, 2008 1:16 PM | Report abuse

Snow plow video now added to post.

Posted by: Capital Weather Gang | September 29, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

I've seen that video of the CNN chick being shouted down by the weatherman a thousand times. It proves that she wouldn't have gotten the job if she had not been a reasonably attractive chick. It certainly wasn't for her brains.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 29, 2008 9:23 PM | Report abuse

What about Veronica Johnson's GANG BANGING snowfall amounts.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 29, 2008 11:52 PM | Report abuse

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