Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs is World's First Book and Weather Forecast

FLORENCE, ITALY---The European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, a real thing, has forecasted clouds and a fairly great chance of meatballs for Friday in Central Italy.

Meteorologists at ECMWF (the actual acronym) came to a consensus to include meatballs in Friday's forecast because, according to the Center's actual Senior Scientist Patricia del Rosnay, "there is a virtual 100% chance of meatballs being present in that region on that day." 

"They are a very common food item in Italy, meatballs," concurred an anonymous expert on Italian cuisine. "There will almost certainly be some on Friday." 

"In fact," added de Rosnay, "we are more sure of meatballs than clouds. We are only about 70% sure there will be clouds."

The author of the popular children's book Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Judi Barrett, is working on a lawsuit against ECMWF for copyright infringement. "It has turned into a bit of a mess," stated Barrett. "I feel I have been wronged, but there seems to be no conventions in place for suing a weather forecast."

Italian President Giorgio Napolitano was thrilled to report that every city block in the forecasted area is filling up with excited children, especially in the poorer areas. "It is great to see the country's youth standing in the streets, faces in the sky, mouths open, ready for a feast. Even if they don't get it, their excitement brings me joy," said Napolitano.

This comes just days after a confused Slovenian man exclaimed "it's raining men!" after stumbling upon a skydiving exhibition, and just weeks after a woman in Seattle cursed the city's rain by shaking her fists at the sky and yelling, "it's raining cats and dogs!" 

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