Why Meteorologists Are All Wearing The Same Dress

There’s something strange going on with weather reports around the country lately — but unless you’re keeping tabs on multiple news stations, you may not have noticed it. The phenomenon has nothing to do with what’s going on in the skies, and everything to do with what’s going on in front of the green screen: All over the U.S., dozens of female meteorologists are wearing the same dress. How has a simple color-blocked dress taken local news stations by storm? Never underestimate the power of flattering outfit and a really good deal, friends.

According to Fox 4 Dallas meteorologist Jennifer Myers, it all started about a month ago when someone posted a link to the dress on a private Facebook group for female meteorologists. The dress, from Homeyee, is a knee-length sheath that comes in black with a variety of colors, included red, blue, pink, and purple. The best part is the surprisingly low price: Amazon is selling the item for only $23. Myers reported on Facebook Saturday that over 50 members of the group had bought the dress, some of them in multiple colors. An accompanying collage of dozens of women wearing the dress on air confirms that the “Homeyee Women's Stretch Tunic Pencil Sheath Dress” is the dress for reporting fall weather.

Finding the right clothes to wear on air is more difficult than it might sound. Shelby Hays, a KOCO meteorologist in Oklahoma, explained to Tech Insider that many of them have to deal with dress codes that regulate everything from sleeve length, to color choice, to whether they can wear patterns. Furthermore, Lyndsay Tapases, a meteorologist for WBTV in Charlotte, North Carolina, told BuzzFeed, “Many of us don’t have a clothing allowance and are responsible for buying all of our own clothes.”

Finding a dress that fit all of the dress code requirements and came at a low price was thus a major boon for the meteorologists in the Facebook group. Hays explained, “[A] few of us ordered it and shared pics of it on air in our group. Everyone saw how great it looked. At $23 we could buy a handful of these dresses for what we normally pay for just one.”

This meteorological wonder dress is still available at Amazon, though if you want to dress like your favorite weather forecaster, you may have to wait; many of the colors won’t be available until after Christmas.

Amazon, $22.98

Image: Jennifer Myers/Facebook