"Have you got one more in you, Busby?" asks Gary Lezak.
"Let's finish what we started, Lezak," Bryan Busby snarls back.
The two top meteorologists in Kansas City have not yet decided to film the sequel to Twister, but the looniness of the weather coverage the past few days suggests that it's not outside the realm of possibility. And if a storm doesn't come soon (media reports are hopefully predicting snow for Saturday), there might not be anything that can cure the "Weather Fever," which has beset this weather-crazy town.
Clear skies are getting to the men and women who are responsible for monitoring the hail from above. Lezak has had to turn to monitoring Europe in order to get his deep-freeze fix. Fox 4's Joe Lauria is reliving the glory days of last year's "Groundhog Blizzard," noting that it was "very well forecasted by all local media." And The Kansas City Star is dipping even deeper into the snow bank with a slideshow of the 2002 ice storm posted earlier this week.
It's hard to see the weather forecasters you love struggle without inclement weather to report. Does a Doppler not still ping if there is nothing to see? Do weather reporters still broadcast from the side of the road if they are not visibly uncomfortable? Will anyone ever win Lezak's Snowflake Contest?
Kansas City meteorologists without snow are like Paris Hilton — both will say anything and just want to feel something. Let it snow or drop a wintry mix, so everyone can get back to the business of proclaiming the end is near ... for your commute.