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Talking About The Weather


For those of you who think that TV meteorologists aren't real scientists, merely likable goofballs with no real idea what they're talking about, I'd like to put that canard to rest:

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho weatherman
says Japan's Yakuza mafia used a Russian-made electromagnetic generator
to cause Hurricane Katrina in a bid to avenge itself for the Hiroshima
atom bomb attack — and that this technology will soon be wielded again
to hit another U.S. city.

Meteorologist Scott Stevens, a nine-year veteran
of KPVI-TV in Pocatello, said he was struggling to forecast weather
patterns starting in 1998 when he discovered the theory on the
Internet. It's now detailed on Stevens' website,, the Idaho Falls Post Register reported.

Stevens, who is among several people to offer
alternative and generally discounted theories for the storm that
flooded New Orleans, says a little-known oversight in physical laws
makes it possible to create and control storms — especially if you're
armed with the Cold War-era weapon said to have been made by the
Russians in 1976. Stevens became convinced of the existence of the
Russian device when he observed an unusual Montana cold front in 2004.

"I just got sick to my stomach because these
clouds were unnatural and that meant they had (the machine) on all the
time," Stevens said. "I was left trying to forecast the intent of some
organization rather than the weather of this planet."

 He is, however, likable:

Bill Fouch, KPVI's general manager, compared
Stevens' musings to political or religious beliefs that journalists
suppress on the job. "He doesn't talk about it on his weathercast," Fouch said. "He's very knowledgeable about weather, and he's very popular."

 --Christopher Orr

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