There's nothing logical about things meteorological these days, and one weather announcer at the Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. appeared to have had the courage to say so yesterday.
Tucked in the official text of the early forecast, and delivered with the nasal drone that characterizes such temperature (and temporal) pronouncements, was the suggestion that atmospheric forces have created a climate too unseasonable to tolerate.
"Monday," said the C&P announcer, "partly sunny and unreasonably warm."
Indeed, the telephone company's hourly "official weather forecast" predicted highs in the 70s, about 25 degrees above what anyone might expect for this time of year.
Though it seemed a reasonable comment on the clime to come, the announcer's phrase was not part of the National Weather Service's official forecast, and C&P officials referred an inquiry to the company's service department.
"If the tape is messing up, you should report it to repair," said a supervisor in the service division.
No cause for alarm, said an official in repair, who, with bureaucratic aplomb, took down the details of the apparent meteorological blunder and vowed it would be "cleared by 8 a.m. tomorrow, if not before then."
"The repair people will test the line to see what problem is on the tape, and if the tape needs to be changed they will do so," the official said.
After all, she said, it "has been unreasonably warm for this time of year, and it's possible the announcer could have meant that."
Attempts to contact the weather announcer were unsuccessful. But a spokesman for the telephone company, who said he had contacted the announcer in her soundproof studio yesterday, established that "it was just a Freudian slip."
Later C&P weather summaries said temperatures would be in the mid- to upper-60s, and the term "unreasonably warm" had been replaced by the more temperate "mild."