If you ask me, it's the name given to those idiots who go out and report on a hurricane in the bloody middle of it. I'll have to say, though, that those meteorologists on the beaches of the eastern U.S. seaboard kept me quite entertained during Hurricane Irene.
Speaking of being entertained, I can't imagine that the job is otherwise very interesting. Boring, actually. So it doesn't surprise me that those guys at the hurricane centre might hope to have something upon which to report for six months of the year. (One has to wonder what they do for the other six months.) And, if it's a 'slow' year, how do they spend their time?
They probably sit around thinking of "headlines" like this:
Evidently, a bored meteorologist has been channeling Howard Cosell.
I'm waiting for the third round update.