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Meteorologists in Norman and Miami, Fla., talk about differences in weather

The all-weather NBA Finals, Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Miami Heat
by Bryan Painter Published: June 15, 2012

Have you ever heard weather trash talk?

Pablo Santos, meteorologist in charge with the National Weather Service, Miami contends, “There is no thunder without the heat”.

Mike Foster, meteorologist in charge with the National Weather Service, Norman strongly states “Everyone knows a Thunder storm ends a Heat wave.”

The all-weather NBA Finals Thunder versus Heat is an opportunity to talk a little weather trash, or at least talk about weather in each area and have a little fun, too.

Miami's main weather threats in its coverage area are hurricanes, urban flooding, thunderstorms and freezes that kill tropical crops.

For Norman, it's tornadoes and giant hail, Foster said.

“The plains are beset by periods of drought interspersed with flooding rains, both of which are far less dramatic but can have great impacts,” he said.

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What is it about the other guy's job that each meteorologist doesn't envy?

Santos was in Oklahoma City during the May 2011 outbreak. He flew in May 22, the day of the Joplin, Mo., tornado. Santos was attending the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Hazardous Weather Testbed.

“In witnessing the outbreak that followed that Tuesday, I believe around OKC, and participating in the tornado surveys the day after, I was amazed by nature's power,” Santos said. “I was also very impressed by the resourcefulness of the folks in that part of the country and their willingness to help each other out in the aftermath, their calm demeanor and resilience to pick up after the disaster and keep moving forward.”

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by Bryan Painter
Assistant Local Editor
Bryan Painter, assistant local editor, has 31 years’ experience in journalism, including 22 years with the state's largest newspaper, The Oklahoman. In that time he has covered such events as the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah...
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