Sunday, January 27, 2008


The minute that meteorologist Roger Ianesco announced a “snownado,” his 14 year career was over.  Even though several of these anomalies had ripped through the Midwest, killing nearly a dozen people and causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages, no one in the KNIR viewing area wanted to hear such a ridiculous word, and its station manager – Ianesco’s boss – knew this. 


By the end of the 11 PM broadcast, Ianesco was given his walking papers.  He pleaded with KNIR’s owner, Albert Sylvan, over the phone, explaining the relevance of his recently, made-up meteorological term.  Ianesco argued that the word wasn’t as important as the fact that this initial snownado was spawning others at a rapid pace.  These tornadoes of snow were plowing through areas of the country that were prepared for neither snow nor tornadoes, and it was only getting worse.  He pleaded with Sylvan to keep the term in circulation until a sufficient word could be found.  But his argument fell on deaf ears and Ianesco was sent packing.


Since the devastating snowstorm’s inception, millions from as far east as

Bangor and as far west as Fresno have died, and not once have the weather stations admitted that they were taken by surprise.  More importantly, the word “snownado” had never again been uttered on the air. 


Since his release from KNIR, Roger Ianesco has been reported missing.




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