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18 December, 2008

New meteorological device being introduced in Seattle: The Window

After spending 47 years forecasting the weather from bunkers deep below the earth's surface, relying on technology such as sonar, underground rain collection devices, and rudimentary crystal divination, Seattle meteorologists were recently introduced to a new device that has been shown in other regions to be nearly 100% reliable in reporting of weather. This device, known as "a window", can be installed on the sides, or even the top, of any above-ground structure. The window is composed of silicon-based, or occasionally plastic composite that is transparent (meaning, it allows passage of light in the visible spectra of 400-700 nanometers). Directing one's gaze through this clear, thin pane will provide direct information about the immediate conditions in the area proximal to the window, while protecting the observer, largely, from the ill effects of the exterior conditions.

Seattle meteorologists have seen instant benefits of employing this new device. As a result, we have seen weather reporting accuracy skyrocket from 10% up to nearly 40% in the weeks since its first implementation. One difficulty that local scientists still face is learning to distinguish the presence or absence of precipitation according to whether or not there appear to be small objects in large quantities moving about (usually downward) in the air on the other side of the window device. There have still been a considerable number of cases of birds being mistakenly reported as rain. Several of the meteorologists will be attending a training session in Buffalo, NY, later this month.

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