Sunday, October 18, 2009

Word for the day - Anomalous

Issued by The National Weather Service
Boston, MA
7:53 pm EDT, Sun., Oct. 18, 2009

... WINTRY PRECIPITATION TO GRADUALLY TAPER OFF THIS EVENING...
AN ANOMALOUS EARLY SEASON WINTER WEATHER EVENT IS UNDERWAY ACROSS A GOOD PORTION OF SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND AS A NOREASTER CONTINUES TO MOVE SOUTHEAST OF NANTUCKET. LIGHT TO OCCASIONALLY MODERATE SLEET... AT TIMES MIXED WITH SLEET AND RAIN... WILL GRADUALLY TAPER OFF AS WE HEAD TOWARD MIDNIGHT. UNTIL THEN... EXPECT LIGHT ACCUMULATIONS ON GRASSES AND VEHICLES. THE PRECIPITATION IS FALLING HARD ENOUGH IN SOME LOCATIONS TO ALLOW SNOW TO STICK TO ROADWAYS. THEREFORE... SLIPPERY TRAVEL IS EXPECTED THROUGH THIS EVENING... ESPECIALLY IN CENTRAL AND NORTHEAST MASSACHUSETTS.

For which Dictionary.com defines anomalous as 

–adjective
1. deviating from or inconsistent with the common order, form, or rule; irregular; abnormal: Advanced forms of life may be anomalous in the universe.
2. not fitting into a common or familiar type, classification, or pattern; unusual: He held an anomalous position in the art world.
3. incongruous or inconsistent.