Reporters on icebergs while DC tells Minnesota to ‘stuff’ our weather expertise

Long-time readers of NewsCut are probably aware of my lack of fondness for the practice of reporters covering floods by standing in the water.

But a TV station in Boston has doubled down while covering today’s big storm in the northeast: floating on ice, which, we are told in this tweet, is a sign of journalism excellence.

Just in: Ice floats. We’ve got team coverage.

That brought a scolding from the National Weather Service.

Meanwhile, down the highway in Washington, where it’s 25 degrees (wind chill:a brutal 10 degrees, if you must know), the Washington Post’s Monica Hesse has just about had it with us.

Hello! Good morning! Washington metropolitan area, you have woken and you are on your eighth day of being very cold. Which means, if you are originally from a place accustomed to lower temperatures — New Hampshire, say, or Ely, Minn. — you are on your eighth day of pompously explaining how you used to ice-pick your way to the office while riding the carcass of a frozen walrus.

And you know what? Just stuff it.

Which has brought a retort from the official spokespeople of the people of Minnesota: Indignant Minnesotan on Twitter.

Oh it’s on now between Minnesota and Washington over the weather, giving Minnesotans a reason to get up in the morning again.

(h/t: Jennifer Ehrlich)

  • Guest

    ummmm, NO. He is standing on a flat chunk of ice that is not floating but laying flat on the pavement. Very stable, very unlikely to tip…….which it would if it was truly floating.

    • Umnmmm.. first of all he’s a “she”.

      Second, here’s a picture of a very stable washing machine in the same location

      https://twitter.com/kacieyearout/status/949009157457416193

      • Same scene of live shot. No ice. Must’ve floated away.

        https://twitter.com/kathrynburcham/status/948973772220125195

        • Jack

          Picture is worth a thousand words. Remember the Weather Channel’s admonishments to “Turn Around, Don’t Drown”. Applies to walking too…..

      • no one important

        Kathryn Burcham added,

        Luckily we were safely on dry land; the sea ice was on pavement. The water was behind us.***************************************

        NWS BostonVerified account @NWSBoston
        We do not recommend going out and floating on icebergs; this is a very dangerous situation along the coastline with major flooding ongoing, peoples homes & other infrastructure becoming inundated and damaged; please observe should you have to from a safe location https://twitter.com/AssignGuy/status/948988594366111745
        Bill SheerinVerified account @AssignGuy

        Here’s @kathrynburcham showing why she’s the best in one the business, floating on an ice berg to provide updates .. @boston25
        ********NO, she would be falling off or at the very least – trying her best to just stay on an ice ‘berg’. The chunk of ice is on the PAVEMENT, it’s obviously not floating.

  • kevins

    Ignore Washingtonians, and all points South…they are wussies anyhow.

  • Mike Stevens

    I think we deserve this. When it hits 85 and we have heat warnings and open cooling centers, I hope they remind us of how heat intolerant we are.

    • Barton

      They do. At least all of my friends in the south remind me of this.

      It’s only fair, I laugh at them when they complain about 40 being cold so they get to laugh at me when I complain that I’m melting at 80.

  • I wonder if they draw straws at these TV stations and the short straw gets stuck with doing some stupid shot like this out in the lousy weather. Wading around in floods, tilting against the wind on a hurricane-pounded beach, standing in a snowbank as the camera person squats down to make the drift seem like a mountain – it’s all just hokum.

    • It’s all about the visuals, my TV pals insist.

  • Postal Customer

    Man, where would this state be without that Halloween blizzard? How would we measure ourselves against others?

    • Jerry

      Armistice Day blizzard?

      • Jack

        Remember the day last month where it started warm and then we ended up with icy roads? I told my spouse that is how it started for the Armistice Day blizzard. Any questions on why that blizzard was so fatal?

        I was hanging out around the equator when the Halloween blizzard happened. As a lifelong Minnesotan (with the exception of those two years in Kenya), I feel like an outsider when the ’91 event is discussed.

  • Robert

    The ice is sitting on solid ground just an inch or so under the water. The only thing floating is the truth.

  • John O.

    Somewhere, Jim Cantore is reviewing his options to try and outdo Ms. Burcham.