Law enforcement is so fed up with the miserably cold, cloudy, and damp weather in Newfoundland, Canada that it has arrested two local broadcast meteorologists.
CBC News meteorologist Ryan Snoddon was the first to take the fall for the anomalous chill. You can watch his arrest – part of an apparent sting operation – below:
Next in the hopper was NTV meteorologist Eddie Sheerr, arrested while delivering the forecast on the evening news.
Both Snoddon and Sheer were charged with impersonating a meteorologist, failing to provide the essentials of summer – sunshine, good forecasts and blue skies – and trafficking of rain, drizzle, and fog.
Prior to their arrest, the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary had issued a statement to the media noting Snoddon and Sheerr were persons of interest given the following state of affairs:
SUMMER was last seen in early August of 2014. When last seen, SUMMER was described as being between 20-30 degrees Celsius (68-86 degrees Fahrenheit), blue skies with a bright and warm source of light in the sky. There have been sporadic sightings of this bright object, but these sightings have been rare since May 2015.
Sheerr – who is from the U.S. – faces possible deportation, the arresting officer said.
Of course, the arrests were just a humorous stunt – the Canadian’s way of coping with conditions that are egregious even by their own standards.
Newfoundland, Canada isn’t exactly the best place to be for consistently warm, summer sunshine. The average high temperature at St. John’s Airport in July is barely above 70 degrees (20 Celsius) and it gets more than its share of rain, drizzle, and fog – so common that locals simply refer to the trio as RDF.
But this July’s weather has been particularly awful – its average high temperature only around 63 degrees (17 Celsius) – the chilliest since 1993 according to Snoddon. Over the last 5 days, the mercury has not exceeded a pitifully raw 59 degrees (14.8 Celsius).
After Snoddon and Sheerr’s staged arrest, naturally the sun came out.
But the forecast for Friday is predictably dismal. A rainfall warning is in effect, tweets Sheerr:
Snoddon believes this July needs to be renamed this year, and is seeking suggestions:
I’m partial to Jugly!