Dallas T-Vue Live-Eye Storm Team Meteorologist, Sally Cowley last Monday reported that a cold front was heading to Texas and was expected to reach the state later in the week. Ms. Cowley was able to give this forecast without the slightest giggle even though the current temperatures in Texas for the past three weeks have steadily been in the triple digits with heat index figures approaching 120.
Listeners to this particular broadcast could only assume that Ms. Cowley, herself, was suffering from heat stroke. That is the only thing that could explain the bizarre statement she made in Monday's forecast. Ms. Cowley not only claimed that a cold front was headed toward Texas, but that there was a chance of rain showers. Most Texans were incredulous that Ms. Crowley came across as serious while giving this report as they know firsthand there is no such thing as a cold front in Texas in August. In fact, there is no such thing as a cold front in Texas until maybe December, and that is a long shot. And as for rain, well, that's just crazy talk.
After Monday's broadcast, Ms. Crowley was told to get a physical checkup to determine if, in fact, she was suffering from delusions brought on by heat exhaustion, as she was giving her report outdoors in 107 degree temperatures. If it is determined that she was serious when giving the cold wave forecast, she could be administratively let go for giving false or misleading forecasts to the station's viewing audience.
When asked to explain what happened, Ms. Crowley claims she honestly and truly looked at all the models and saw a pattern that looked like a cold front sweeping down from Canada and expected it to enter Texas by Thursday. After closer inspection, she realizes now it was just a smudge on her computer screen and no cold front is forecast after all. Texans all can breathe a sigh of relief that global warming is still on track.