This week is all about weather and weather routing. Warm fronts, cold fronts, high pressure, low pressure - it's fun. Here's the catch....my instructor (Mr. Weather - abbreviated Mr. Wx) is super duper dry. We crack jokes in class and they go right over his head! Or, he'll say something we think is hilarious - when we crack up he'll stare at us with a totally perplexed look on his face. While these moments aren't necessarily weird I felt they counted as My Life Is So Weird moments. *Please note: there is a small amount of swearing* Episode 1
Mr. Wx: There are many types of air mass classifications...Class, what does CP stand for?
Class: Continental Polar
Mr. Wx: How about MT?
Class: Maritime Tropical
Mr. Wx: How about in the Arctic? (Arctic would normally be just an A)
Mr. Wx: What's that?
Classmate: Fucking Cold!
Mr. Wx: OKAY. Moving on...
(You guys - not even a crack of a smile!)
(We were discussing weather routing and diverting course for large weather systems and I just couldn't hold my tongue - surprise! A classmate named Travis had just told the class that he is sailing on a cable ship that can't withstand anything greater than 6ft on the beam.)
Me: Mr. Wx - can I be honest with you? I have never sailed with a Captain who would divert for a developing gale. Most commonly you would steam right through it - and if the shit hits the fan then you deal with it.
Mr. Wx: But Megan, it all depends what kind of ship you're on! Travis's ship is SENSITIVE!
(The class totally cracked up and he had NO clue why! I should also say that the majority of us are tanker mates - we tend to think we are more rugged than most...)
(One of my classmates is slightly goofy - I'll call him Stover - for example he didn't complete his homework yesterday...after trying to create an answer when called on he finally shouts 'Okay fine! I didn't do my homework!!!' Mr. Wx really didn't know how to handle this one!)
Mr. Wx: Stover, why is that low pressure system moving to the NE?
Stover: I don't know! That was 8 questions ago! Well....there was that blocking high.
Mr. Wx: What blocking high?! There is no blocking high!
(Everyone is chuckling...)
Stover: Well....you got that thing there....
Mr. Wx: Do you mean the meridional flow pattern?
Stover: I TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU!!!!
(The class was laughing really, really hard - Mr. Wx was still trying to point out the meridional flow...)