Pat Shingleton: "Dirty Jobs and The Wet..."
Mike Rowe hosted a program entitled "Dirty Jobs..." A couple of publications noted the worst jobs. The breakout includes a worm parasitologist who examines human parasites that can be 16 inches to 3 feet long. A lab animal veterinarian makes animals sick to find a greater cure for other animals. Researching decades-old garbage is the job of the landfill monitor. Each day at St. John's Harbor roughly 32 million gallons of raw sewage is pumped into this Newfoundland harbor. The water is so polluted that technicians must test the water each day. Added to the list of the worst scientific jobs is an Iraqi archeologist, a tick dragger to assess Lyme disease and a nosologist who keeps track of the causes of death. Rounding out the list is the TV weathercaster or meteorologist. The article contends that sometimes for ratings, news directors are calling the shots on forecasts. Former Directors of News tried this with me, I wonder where they are? In closing, the clash of air masses that moves equator ward from both hemispheres is known as the familiar Intertropical Convergence Zone. In addition to being a breeding ground of tropical storms the ITCZ creates a cloud pattern that resembles a string of pearls as seen from satellites. As the ITCZ seasonally shifts away from the Atlantic it moves south of the Equator releasing hot, unstable conditions that launch clusters of intense thunderstorms. From October through December, the mostly dry buildup to the monsoon season is what Australians call "The Wet." From the end of May until early September we experience high humidity, readings in the 90s and afternoon convective showers. In the Tropic of Capricorn, the Aussies experience "The Wet" with temperatures in early December at 6 PM soaring above 100. Some days will find blazing tropical sunlight with hot, dry southeasterlies blowing in from the deserts.