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Chief Justice William Rehnquist is now an official "weather weenie."

Rehnquist was presented with a plaque by the Washington chapter of the American Meteorological Society honoring his interest in weather and climate.

The chief justice served as a weather observer in the Army Air Corps during World War II and described his service in North Africa in a talk to the weather group. Meteorologists use the term "weather weenie" as a good-humored description of people interested in the weather.

Commenting on his decision after the war to leave meteorology and become a lawyer, Rehnquist said he likes to think the switch improved both professions.

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