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Tue., Sept. 20, 2005, 12:14 p.m.

Idaho weather guy thinking big

This one is so weird I had to check the calendar, but no, it’s not April Fools Day – it’s still September. And the Idaho Falls Post Register is reporting that a local TV station meteorologist over there is gaining national notoriety for his theory that Hurricane Katrina was actually a man-made effort by a Japanese mafia intent on revenge for Hiroshima. Really.

KPVI Channel 6 meteorologist Scott Stevens detailed his theory – which also posits that several sinister groups around the world are creating fake weather disturbances through technology, and that a mysterious chirping sound on short-wave radio is evidence of Russia’s weather-controlling machine – in comments on Internet radio programs, and on his website, The Post Register quoted credible experts who said the weather guy's theories are preposterous.

But the weirdest part of all of this is that the TV station’s general manager told the Post Register that Stevens is entitled to his opinions, and that it’s not a problem “as long as he keeps the TV station and the ownership out of it and acknowledges that it’s his opinion.”

Just watch out for his forecast. Stevens is predicting that the Japanese gangsters will try to destroy a U.S. city within the year by generating their own earthquake or volcanic eruption. And, for tomorrow, a chance of showers.

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