If you’ve watched Weather Underground, you’ve likely noticed lots of weather related details around the weather cave set. Each item was hand-picked with purpose and we’re going to give you a closer look at some of these unique items!
You may have noticed a picture of a man and a woman hanging up on a wall in the background. It’s a signed photo of Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt from the movie Twister! Or is it? Looks like some prankster actually replaced Helen Hunt with our resident storm specialist, Sarah Dillingham.
Next to the Twister picture is a vintage cloud code chart, which is handy for identifying different cloud formations
A container of Morton’s salt is stashed below the bar. You may notice that the artwork on the container is weather related, but so is the company’s slogan, “when it rains, it pours”. This slogan has a very practical meaning as the company’s salt was able to flow freely out of its packaging, no matter if there was moisture in the air or not–an uncommon thing at the time the slogan was created!
These hand painted glasses would go great in any weather themed bar and were created specially for our set!
Hidden on a shelf along the back wall behind the bar is a stuffed groundhog, one of our favorite less science-focused members of our weather community. Additionally, there is a book about the town of Joplin and the tornado outbreak that had devastating effects on the community. Mike Bettes has a special connection to Joplin as he was one of the first people on the scene after the tornado touched down and he continues to be connected with the community, in fact he rescued / adopted his dog Joplyn after the tornado in the summer of 2011.
And, finally, no bar is complete without some beer! This special Thunder Snow brew is from MadTree Brewing out of Cincinnati, OH. I think we all know one meteorologist who would be excited to see this!
These are just a few of the many weather trinkets that adorn the Weather Underground set. Have you noticed any others? Do you have any favorites? Is there anything you’d like to see on set? Let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org!