If you want the weather report, take a look out the window—or through LeBron James‘ Instagram feed.
As if the Heat star wasn’t doing enough on the court, Yahoo! Sports reports that he was dishing dimes to the National Weather Service.
It all starts with this image from James’ Instagram feed with the following caption. “Miami ain’t always sunshine! Mother nature ain’t nothing to mess with. Rain rain go away, come back another day.”
Basketball fans weren’t the only people to have spotted the remarkable collage of images, because the National Weather Service then released this alert, citing James as its source.
PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MIAMI FL
820 PM EDT SAT APR 13 2013
..TIME… …EVENT… …CITY LOCATION… …LAT.LON…
..DATE… ….MAG…. ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. …SOURCE….
0215 PM FLOOD CORAL GABLES 25.73N 80.27W
04/13/2013 MIAMI-DADE FL PUBLIC
LEBRON JAMES, NUMBER 6 OF THE MIAMI HEAT, REPORTED
SIGNIFICANT STREET FLOODING IN THE CORAL GABLES AREA.
REPORT RELAYED THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA
King James now has a career as a meteorologist awaiting him after he retires. If the NWS is tipping its hat in your direction, you can tell me if it’s raining or sunny outside with the utmost credibility.
Although he will need to change his name to fit the meteorologist code. Every weatherman has a fitting name, and I would suggest something along the lines of Storm Mountain or LeRain Thunder.
The Heat are cruising into the playoffs with the best record in the NBA after a season that saw them flirt with a record-breaking win streak.
James, for his part, was one of the best players in the league. He ranks among the top five in point production and field-goal percentage while also dishing out 7.3 assists per game, good for 10th in the NBA.
If that wasn’t enough, he is serving as amateur Instagram weather reporter, if that were an actual thing.
- Yahoo! Sports reminds, this is hardly the first time weather and sports have met on the national stage. Last year, Mike Napoli took to social media to show what a funnel cloud looked like from the dugout.
We cannot forget the image of Amar’e Stoudemire pointing to his submerged car after the worst of Hurricane Sandy passed over New York City.
Now, if you want to wait for the National Weather Service to tell you the news, go ahead. I hear there is a far more reliable source out there.