Weatherman upset new federal spell check bans this 4-letter word

We’ve all been frustrated by an overzealous spell check, but one National Weather Service meteorologist has a unique concern that only weather geeks may understand.

In July, the National Weather Service Employees Organization filed an unfair labor practice complaint against the NWS, accusing it of spying on the union’s “secret” Facebook page. 

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Sunrise over the Intracoastal in West Palm Beach, Fl. Aug. 15, 2016 Photo by Kimberly Miller

Sunrise over the Intracoastal in West Palm Beach, Fl. Aug. 15, 2016 Photo by Kimberly Miller

Included in the complaint are Facebook posts from forecasters and NWS meteorologists bemoaning work-related concerns, but then one meteorologist posts a criticism of “more spell check asininities.”

It seems spell check is barring him from writing the word “anal.”

“I’ve have been using the term ‘meso anal’ forever to say the obvious – mesoscale analysis,” the forecaster, whose name is redacted, says. “All of a sudden the POS spell checker not only doesn’t like anal, it won’t let me add it to the dictionary.”

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Mesocscale is used to describe an intermediate weather system that has a short life span, compared to synoptic-scale systems such as low and high pressure systems that can impact huge swath’s of the U.S. There are different levels of mesoscale system, but some examples include lake effect snow, a tropical cyclone or a supercell thunderstorm.

“Analysis” is self explanatory.

Responses to the anonymous forecaster’s lament include: “What a pain in the butt,” and “Is asininities in the dictionary?”

Apparently it is. My spell check gave asininities the green light.

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Storm rolls in over the Intracoastal in West Palm Beach.


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