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Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 09/ 4/2009

Onshore, Offshore, and Out of Her Mind...

By Jason Samenow

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From the Associated Press...

Professor faces jail if KNBC weatherman harassed

BURBANK, Calif. (AP) -- Authorities say a college professor on a crusade to change the way a Los Angeles weatherman uses terminology has to leave him alone or face six months in jail.

Melanie Patton Renfrew, a Harbor College teacher, wants KNBC-TV's Fritz Coleman to change references to onshore and offshore winds.

She says the terms are confusing because people don't know which are coming and which are going.

Burbank-based KNBC obtained a restraining order in March 2008 after calling her behavior bizarre and saying Coleman feared for his safety.

Read the rest of the story...

Do the terms onshore and offshore confuse you?

By Jason Samenow  | September 4, 2009; 10:30 AM ET
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Well, you know...the terms didn't confuse me until you made me think about it.

Posted by: --sg | September 4, 2009 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Leeward winds, west winds, westward winds, onshore winds...

While I wouldn't stalk anyone over it, I can see how wind direction terminology can be confusing. I believe a west wind is a wind from the west, whereas a westward wind is a wind from the east? I would guess that offshore wind would be a wind coming off the sea...

Off topic, I preferred the old blog format where the same link takes you to both the comments and the whole article.

Posted by: spgass1 | September 4, 2009 10:47 PM | Report abuse

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