Forecasting the weather obviously is difficult to do since it is often wrong. Weathermen and women report with a lot of maybes. If this happens, this will occur, if not, this will be the outcome. I accept that the forecast may not reflect what ends up happening. What I have a problem with is interrupting regular programming.
No, weather people, not even if tornadoes or storms are in the area. This may come as a surprise, but if we hear thunder and see lightening, that is a clue that there is a storm. If the power has gone out, we can’t watch TV. So, you are interfering with the viewing habits of those of us who are not in the storm area and cannot do anything at that moment to help those who are dealing with the storm, except pray for their safety. Tornadoes and hurricanes are dangerous, but we are warned-in-advance that a storm may contain that potential and we can employ our safety plan. We can also purchase a weather radio or a find service that sends alerts in the area.
When the coast is evacuated because of a hurricane, I am not impressed by seeing news personnel holding on to keep from being blown away. Have you lost your mind or is this just temporary insanity? And if that is supposedly your job, you need to consider re-negotiating your contract.
If snow is piled up, we can figure out that we should stay home. If we choose not to, that’s on us. If we get caught in it, we must do the best we can. Nothing is accomplished by TV stations showing the same photos of traffic stranded on interstates. Even worse is stations send out their staff to “monitor” the situation when they are telling everyone to stay home. Then, viewers are asked to send in their photos so why does anyone from the station need to go out and take more?
In Georgia, people make jokes when snow is forecasted. Particularly if they are from up North. Occasionally we do get a snowstorm, but not as often as predicted. However, people do clean out the grocery stores just in case.
We all should have an emergency plan at home and work, if applicable. We also should have emergency items in our vehicles. I have a designated closet or bathtub at home and have necessities in my car.
How do I figure out the weather? I look out the window.
This blog is Part One of a Three Part series. Part Two will cover Media Trauma and Part Three will talk about Political Coverage.
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