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Old 10-05-2010, 01:18 PM   #1
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Today's Weather Picture: "The Breakfast Club"

Some Meteorologist compares the Breakfast Club with today's weather pattern.


by Jonathan Erdman, Editorial Meteorologist
Updated: October 4, 2010 5:00 pm ET
"Screws fall out all the time, the world is an imperfect place." (Judd Nelson as John Bender) It seems the same can be said of the atmosphere, depending on how you look at it.

With this marking the 25th anniversary of one of the most iconic of '80s movies, The Breakfast Club, you could say what's happening in the weather pattern can be tied to the events of this John Hughes classic.

It all started with a Saturday detention at Shermer High School. Principal Richard Vernon laid down the law on five very different high-school students. You could say the atmospheric version of this is the jet stream, serving as a storm track, guiding frontal systems and storms across the nation from west to east.

We all know Mr. Vernon didn't supervise those teenage hellions all day. Left by themselves, the kids didn't exactly work on their 1,000-word essays, but, well, attended to other things.

Similarly, the main branch of the jet stream will leave a couple of trouble-makers behind over the U.S. unsupervised, keeping the weather locked-in over the nation through the middle of the week.

Since it is the jet stream that typically guides systems across the nation, these leftover atmospheric delinquents will simply loaf around, plaguing both the Northeast and West with persistently unsettled weather. Kids these days...sigh, what do you do with them?

What are the impacts of this weather pattern. What Breakfast Club character should we assign to each impact?
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