Jeopardy!

2008-02-16 00:33:43.000 – Ryan Knapp,  Staff Meteorologist

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Snow, high winds, lowering temperatures, light snow, and blowing snow all make it hard to go out and have fun for any extended period of time. You can’t throw or kick a ball very well without losing it. It is days like today that it is nice to stay in and read a good book or watch some movies at the end of the day. At one time, the summit had television but even when we had it, we only watched three shows regularly: Judge Mathis, American Idol, and Jeopardy!. These shows were great because there weren’t any long twisting plots; it was just something to watch to kill the time. So it got me thinking, what would an episode of Jeopardy! be like if based on the summit. So to present last month’s climatological information, I present a fictional episode of Jeopardy! Hope you enjoy.

Announcer #1: Tonight’s episode is brought to you by LL Bean who has everything you need in clothing, outerwear, luggage, outdoor gear and more to get ready for spring. Also by Subaru: 6 vehicles, five stars, four wheels, one brand. Stop by your local dealer and test drive one today. And by the Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center who would like to remind our viewers that they will be open daily during vacation weeks (February 17-March 2) with free admission for individuals and families thanks to support from Eastern Mountain Sports Climbing School; Leading adventures that change lives. And now, on with the show:

Announcer #2: This is MWO Jeopardy!: Monthly Summary Edition. Today’s contestants are an avid hiker from North Conway, NH, John Doe (JD). A historian from Boston, MA, Zane Doh (ZD). And our three day returning champion with $10,000, a pro-surfer from Santa Cruz, CA, Hippy Skippy (HS). And now, here is the host of MWO Jeopardy!, Ryan Knapp (RK).

RK: Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s special edition of MWO Jeopardy!: Monthly Summary Edition. Let’s get right to it and look at tonight’s categories: “Is it getting hot up here?,” “Liquid cool,” “Snowman DNA,” “Blown away,” and “Weathering the weather.” Hippy Skippy, since you are our returning champion, you choose first.
HS: I’ll take “Liquid cool” for one hundred.
RK: In January 2008, there was 2.16” of this.
HS: What is Total melted precipitation for the month?
RK: Yes.
HS: I’ll take “Liquid cool” for two hundred.
RK: The total melted precipitation departed from the 30 year average by this amount.
HS: What is negative 6.36 inches?
RK: Yes.
HS: I’ll take “Liquid cool” for four hundred.
RK: Between the 1st and 2nd of the month, the 24 hour maximum was this value.
JD: What is 0.63 inches?
RK: Yes.
JD: I’ll take “Is it getting hot up here?” for one hundred.
RK: 9.2 Fahrenheit, a departure of 4.0 Fahrenheit above normal.
JD: What is the average temperature?
RK: Yes.
JD: I’ll take “Is it getting hot up here?” for two hundred.
RK: The eighth of January saw 41 Fahrenheit.
ZD: What is the monthly high temperature?
RK: Yes.
ZD: I’ll take “Is it getting hot up here?” for three hundred.
RK: The twenty-first saw twenty six below Fahrenheit.
ZD: What is the monthly low temperature?
RK: Yes.
ZD: I’ll take “Snowman DNA” for two hundred.
RK: 21.5 inches was a departure of 31.3 inches from normal.
ZD: What is the total snowfall for the month of January?
RK: Yes.
ZD: I’ll take “Snowman DNA” for three hundred.
RK: 9.0 inches between the first and second.
JD: What is the 24 maximum snowfall amount in January?
RK: Yes.
JD: I’ll take “Blown Away” for three hundred.
RK: January saw 45.7 mph, a departure of 0.7 mph below normal.
HS: What is the average wind speed for January?
RK: Yes.
HS: I’ll take “Blown Away” for five hundred.
RK: January saw 18 days of these, 5 of which exceeded 100 mph.
ZD: What are days with gusts of 73 mph or more?
RK: Yes.
ZD: I’ll take “Blown Away” for one hundred.
RK: This was 110 mph from the west on the ninth.
JD: What was the peak wind gust?
RK: Yes.
JD: I’ll take “Weathering the weather” for five hundred.
RK: January had two, four and twenty five of these.
ZD: What are days with clear, partly cloudy, and cloudy skies?
RK: Yes.
ZD: I’ll take “Weathering the weather” for four hundred.
RK: January had 30, 4, and 20 of these.
HS: What are days with fog, rain and snow?
RK: Yes.
HS: I’ll take “Weathering the weather” for one hundred.
RK: This percentage came to 29 for January.
ZD: What is the percentage of possible sunshine minutes?
RK: Yes. And that noise means it is the end of the game. Zane leads with $1800 followed by Hippy with $1000 and John is trailing with $900. Our contestants have entered their wagers so, now, time for final jeopardy. “From July 1st through January 31st, Mount Washington has seen a departure of 36.7 inches below normal with this value.” (theme music plays) Let’s start with John. He wagered $900 and wrote: “What is 122?” That is incorrect lowering your total to $0. Hippy is up next. He wagered $1000 and wrote: “What is 123.1 inches?” That is correct raising your total to $2000 putting you currently in the lead with one more contestant to go. Zane is looking pretty confident though. Let’s see, he wagered $300 and wrote: “What is 123.1 inches?” That is correct raising your total to $2100 making you our new winner. Congratulations Zane. And thanks for watching MWO Jeopardy!: Monthly Summary Edition, and I am Ryan Knapp saying take care and see you next month.

 

Ryan Knapp,  Staff Meteorologist

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