And now here's your forecast from Stormy The Weather Dog.
September 7, 2006 1:58 PM   Subscribe

Dealing a blow to meteorologists around the world, the nightly weather forecast at CBS 19, The Eye of East Texas, is delivered, in part, by a dog.
posted by punkfloyd (35 comments total)
They need to give him on-air thought bubbles.
posted by owhydididoit at 2:07 PM on September 7, 2006

Shouldn't this link to the Houston station that originally did it (according to the article)?
posted by davejay at 2:08 PM on September 7, 2006

This is the next logical progression for local news.
posted by ninjew at 2:09 PM on September 7, 2006

God Bless America.

Except for California.
posted by mazola at 2:09 PM on September 7, 2006

Chief meterologist Doc Deason's mother was my third grade teacher.
posted by mattbucher at 2:16 PM on September 7, 2006

Stormy the Weather Dog's mom was a bitch.
posted by mazola at 2:19 PM on September 7, 2006

Every job should be required to have a canine sidekick. As a web admin, I know that a bloodhound or perhaps a greyhound would be very useful to me in managing our site content. Somehow. And it should be required that the dog gets to wear a funny costume associated with your job--doctor dogs get stethoscopes and labcoats, and so on. This would keep canine unemployement to a minimum, and they'll work for dog food.

This is really no dumber of an idea than any law congress has passed this year. I'm going to go write my congresspeoples. Oooh, won't Doggy Congress just be adorable?
posted by JeremyT at 2:26 PM on September 7, 2006

Are you sure that's a dog? It looks like Chewbacca's wife miscarried.
posted by Mayor Curley at 2:28 PM on September 7, 2006

What I really like is how the dog is featured in the masthead line-up.
posted by sonofsamiam at 2:30 PM on September 7, 2006

"what's the weekend's weather going to be like, Stormy?"
"And now, Rock Clydesdale with the sports. How's the home team looking, Rock?"
posted by boo_radley at 2:34 PM on September 7, 2006

He hopes Stormy’s adoption will encourage others to save the life of a dog

I absolutely love how the solution to pet overpopulation isnt spaying pets, punishing breeders, etc but for everyone to adopt one little doggie. I'm sure that'll work out great in the end. The "cat lady" strategy is foolproof! Foolproof!

posted by damn dirty ape at 2:45 PM on September 7, 2006

posted by zsazsa at 2:47 PM on September 7, 2006

And now let's go to the weather with Stormy. Hi there, Stormy. Come here, boy, come here. Who's a good weather dog? Who's a good weather dog? Can you sit? Stormy, sit. Sit, Stormy. Sit. C'mon boy. Sit. That's a good boy. Ooohh, that's a good boy. Now shake. Ah, isn't that cute. What does this scarf mean? What does this scarf mean, Stormy? What does it mean when you wear a scarf? Is it scarf weather? Huh? Is it scarf weather? It looks like Stormy is trying to tell us to wear a scarf this weekend. Well, that's the weather report. Aw, so long Stormy.
posted by jefbla at 2:50 PM on September 7, 2006

Stormy...that's a good name for a weatherperson/dog. But it can't hold a candle to Flip Spiceland.
posted by Iridic at 2:55 PM on September 7, 2006

Radar is the original weatherdog

I am glad the weatherdog phenom has not spread west from Houston. I don't know about East Texas or Houston, but in Austin the local weather guys take it pretty fucking seriously. Too seriously. It is raining. I'm sure when the consultants came in and said there was a weatherdog in Houston, Jim Spencer probably said, "StormCenter 36 is no place for a goddamn dog!"
posted by birdherder at 3:20 PM on September 7, 2006

This station covers my hometown (Longview, Texas.) Trust me, these people need this.
posted by bukharin at 3:23 PM on September 7, 2006

I'll pay attention when that dog replaces Katie Couric on the CBS Evening News.
posted by blucevalo at 3:23 PM on September 7, 2006

blucevalo: "I'll pay attention when that dog replaces Katie Couric on the CBS Evening News."

Actually I've liked Couric's work on CBS Evening News thus far, and I'm usually a pretty sardonic and sarcastic old sod. You should give her a fair shake before you throw her out to the dogs, figuratively speaking.
posted by ZachsMind at 3:58 PM on September 7, 2006

And it's an ugly dog to boot!
posted by Vindaloo at 3:59 PM on September 7, 2006

The dog's not edgy enough...add some sunglasses and a backwards hat.
posted by Smart Dalek at 4:10 PM on September 7, 2006

edgy dog?
posted by owhydididoit at 5:04 PM on September 7, 2006

Surely a muppet.
posted by urbanwhaleshark at 5:13 PM on September 7, 2006

Texas has weather?
posted by Artw at 5:27 PM on September 7, 2006

I would like $1 each time someone on the show wisecracks that it will be raining cats and dogs.
posted by muppetboy at 5:38 PM on September 7, 2006

I actually have the toy stuffed-animal version of Radar, the Weather Dog, the original one from KPRC-TV in Houston. He's adorable.

We actually watch Radar's station, more to laugh at the silliness of the humans who report the local news and the alarmism of Frank Billingsley, the weatherman who gets over-excited at every tropical development that may be days away form Texas. Alberto was a lead story on that station when it never got into the Gulf, much less threatened Houston.

Anyhow, I have two dog sidekicks who sit with me for hours as I work at home. Woof!
posted by Robert Angelo at 5:43 PM on September 7, 2006

ZachsMind: You make a good point, and I will give Couric a chance. I was being unnecessarily sarcastic, as usual.
posted by blucevalo at 6:03 PM on September 7, 2006

Well at least Stormy probably isn't as afraid of cockroaches as this guy.
posted by Cedric at 6:35 PM on September 7, 2006

I grew up on Ron Stone and Doug Johnson on KPRC. A little piece of me dies every time I go home and see the drivel that passes now for a newscast on that once-mighty station.
posted by Doofus Magoo at 7:23 PM on September 7, 2006

TV weather forecasting is going to the dogs, I tell you.
posted by QIbHom at 8:22 PM on September 7, 2006

Stormy was rescued by CBS 19 General Manager Phil Hurley from the Smith County Humane Society shelter. The idea to save a dog came to Hurley after he saw a station news report about the startling number of animals being destroyed each day at the shelter.

This is seriously the kind of idea that only a station GM can come up with. No consultant in their right mind would suggest it.
posted by MrZero at 9:59 PM on September 7, 2006

Err, part of that quote got cut off.

The thought to take Stormy to air as part of the weather team was formulated by Hurley after he saw Houston’s NBC television station, KPRC, make a similar move.

That's the kind of idea only a GM could push through. I didn't mean to imply that only a GM could think of adopting a dog -- I'm actually surprised that a GM could do so.
posted by MrZero at 10:02 PM on September 7, 2006

Every job should be required to have a canine sidekick.

Excellent idea. I know I'd like to set a rottweiler on some of my coworkers...
posted by pompomtom at 10:10 PM on September 7, 2006

That's nothing. From 1965-1981, the weathercasts at Channel Six in Milwaukee had Albert the Alley Cat (a sock puppet) as 'color commentator'.
posted by SenshiNeko at 12:50 AM on September 8, 2006

At least the dog is an animate object. In Sacramento the best we could do was dress up an old tower and feature it in weathercasts. People here always ask me why I don't consume much local media...
posted by Ogre Lawless at 12:38 PM on September 8, 2006

Texas has weather?

Yes we do, but in Dallas we don't have annoying dogs on our weathercasts. We have "chief meteorologists" whatever that is.
posted by ZachsMind at 12:55 PM on September 8, 2006

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