ATLANTA, GA–As ice pellets accumulate on Atlanta streets, local TV weather reporters and meteorologists appear to be struck with a horrifying condition: the inability to deliver their weather reports without rapping them to the cadence of Vanilla Ice’s “Ice Ice Baby,” released in 1989. The song, which was the first hip hop song to reach the top of the Billboard charts, has been associated with weather reports many times before. But this time, the otherwise respected journalists don’t seem to be able to help themselves.
“I can’t stop, collaborate or listen,” said Glenn Burns, chief meteoroligist at WSB-TV channel 2. “Ice has struck with a brand new condition”
Mr. Burns is an award-winning journalist and has been a respected member of Atlanta’s weather reporting team at WSB-TV since 1981. Colleagues confirm that he has never before been struck with the urge to rap his weather warnings. He is not the only afflicted party.
Said Markina Brown, primary meteorologist for CBS affiliate WGCL, “Something’s… grabbed ahold of me tightly. I’m in throes like a cartoon daily and nightly.” The esteemed Atlanta on-air reporter then dabbed at a single tear, paused, and continued. “Will it ever stop? I… I don’t know.”
Ken Cook, Fox 5 Storm Team chief meteorologist revealed that he’d given up hope of escaping the rap song.
“Turn off the lights, and I’ll go,” he said. “To the extreme, I rap reports. I can’t handle… quite this much rage. My reports are a scandal.” Mr. Cook was moved to tears, but quickly regained his composure.
“Dance!” he concluded.