June 6, 2001
12:12 PM   Subscribe

And, speaking of raining cats and dogs, is your trick knee going to give you trouble? The Weather Channel knows...
posted by baylink (11 comments total)
I thought this was just a clever joke the webmasters slipped in... until I read the "Help" popup.

Now I think it's either serious... or a *really* clever joke the webmasters slipped in. :-)
posted by baylink at 12:13 PM on June 6, 2001

Hey, I can tell when the weather's about to change from aches in my hands. Seems perfectly reasonable to me.
posted by kindall at 12:19 PM on June 6, 2001

My Grandmother smells rain before it happens. Sniffs the air..."Hmm...Smells like rain.", and sure enough, it does. Everyone knows the smell of rain.
posted by Cavatica at 12:39 PM on June 6, 2001

I think the barometric pressure can have an effect on muscles and joints.
posted by Mick at 12:55 PM on June 6, 2001

That's funny, baylink. I actually came across this Monday, and I too thought it was a joke.

It's not really that strange that people "feel" the weather. They're actually feeling the changing air pressure (increasing or decreasing, I forget) that precedes a storm.
posted by jpoulos at 12:55 PM on June 6, 2001

Up next on the Weather Channel, the Emotional Weather Report with Tom Waits...
posted by machaus at 12:56 PM on June 6, 2001

The Weather Channel has had this on TV for years and years. My college roommate always used to groan and make suffering noises whenever it showed our area as "above normal" on the pain index. Ah, the good-old days.
posted by quirked at 1:04 PM on June 6, 2001

...one of those nights...

Oh, no... wait. That's Warm Beer...
posted by baylink at 1:25 PM on June 6, 2001

From the "How to Read this Map" popup:

Approaching areas of low pressure or strong frontal systems, both leading to stormy weather, are normally associated with above normal levels of aches and pains. More specifically, in these cases, one usually is experiencing relatively significant falls in barometric pressure, relatively significant increases in relative humidity, forecast probability of precipitation on the order of 40-60% (or higher), and windspeeds generally above 15 mph.
posted by gimli at 2:17 PM on June 6, 2001

When I was a kid, I was totally convinced that the rap about weather making joints ache was total bullshit.

Now I know better, but I certainly don't feel any better for knowing.
posted by NortonDC at 4:09 PM on June 6, 2001

Dreama : hobbling like an old, old woman.
Weather in Pittsburgh : Rainy with an underlying level of damp.

It's true, by jove it's true.

And dammit, there's that X10 popup! I thought we were cured of those!
posted by Dreama at 4:26 PM on June 6, 2001

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