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  •  fucking frustrating (1+ / 0-)
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    I used to work at a company that provided weather forecasting services, and we were one of the larger operations of the type outside of AccuWeather. Almost to a man, the mets in the operations room were staunch conservatives with a frothing climate change denial perched on the edges of their lips.

    Normally rational men of science would turn in to gibbering beasts if someone dared mention warming trends, the hockey stick, or made an observation about the length and brutality of the heat we experience here in Texas.

    "You're not a meteorologist, so you can't possibly know anything about the weather." was a favorite retort, along with "All climate scientists are liberal idiots who couldn't make it as meteorologists so they had to do something that would get them more government money." was another.

    It was mind boggling. They could look evidence right in the face and dismiss it.

    Really though, it came out one night on the late shift. The two best programs in the US are at Oklahoma State University and Texas A&M, two schools well known for being Republican Conservative schools in Republican Conservative areas. While the curriculum at these schools is great, and the mesoweather and severe weather programs at Oklahoma are probably the best in the world, you also get loaded up with all of the philosophy that comes with being in the deepest red areas in the country.

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