Archive for December 21st, 2008


still snowing…

Portland has been the lucky recipient of snow this past week. Snow in Portland is strange; snow for a week straight is downright suspicious.

Fortunately we have a fan-tucking-fastic weatherwoman named Rhonda Shelby to keep us up-t0-date. (I couldn’t find any video of her in action, unfortunately.) This past week has been her time to shine. While other weatherpeople ham-handedly talk about snow and ice as though it was some mathematical proof, Rhonda lays it all out on the table. She is both clear and precise, with a good sense of humor. She does not have that fakey journalist inflection you sometimes hear in regional markets. She is, basically, the opposite of Bill Murray in Groundhog Day. Actually, she’s like Bill Murray at the end of Groundhog Day.

Of course we’re holding our breaths, because when you get an excellent local news person, there’s always the threat she will get plucked from obscurity for a chance at national TV (or, as they call it, The Show). We do not want to lose Rhonda, but if she continues to be this good I cannot imagine her staying in Portland for much longer.

So, Rhonda, keep up the good work at letting us know which mountain passes are unpassable and which weather pattern we should be expecting later this evening. And get home safe!

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