The television weather teams in this town must be stopped. They are simply out of control. I rarely watch the local news, I never watch the local weather. But when I got home from NC Friday, I turned on the local news because sometimes something actually happens around here.
Each and every local channel was LEADING the news off with a "let's go to insert-name-of-drooly-chinned-wild-eyed-with-hope local weatherperson here story.
The story? Tornados? No. Apopcolyptic June snow storm? No. Category Five Hurricane in the Atlantic? No.
A tropical wave. A weak tropical wave off the coast.
A bunch of high-faluting big words and a bunch of graphs on their new little viper toys later, I surmised that we might get some rain. Just like we do ALL THE FREAKING TIME in the summer when not in a dry year.
But the newbies, those not real familiar with hurricane terms and formation, were once AGAIN left with the impression that we were in IMMEDIATE DANGER from this lurking monster off the coast that could turn into a hurricane AT ANY MOMENT and KILL US ALL!!!
Aaaaahhhhhhhh.....run screaming in to the night....
Stop it. Stop stop stop. And while you are at it, go stand in the corner for ten minutes.
You should be ashamed of yourselves. Really. Think about it. You are hyping everything up to get attention, to justify the expense of those fancy doppler toys you convinced management to buy, and to give yourselves some apparantly needed sense of importance. Stop it.
How about this. "Hey guys, there is a tropical wave developing off the coast. It's not well formed so it isn't anything to worry about, probably just some tropical moisture going to bring us some much needed rain. But as a wave is step one in the process of how a hurricane develops, we'll continue to watch it."
The public has been "informed" without all the dire predictions that this is GOING to turn in to something because you all saw some rotation at some point. You got your face on television at the top of the hour. You got to use your fancy computer models. It's a win-win situation.
What is not a win-win situation is the continued false alarms. People who aren't used to this remember the scenes from Florida, from the Gulf Coast and New Orleans. It frightens them. And it should. When there is a real threat. Your continued Chicken Little dance is only going to make them stop paying attention. And when you've been 'wrong' everytime you predicted 'disaster', why should they listen to you when there is a real threat? You are being irresponsible.
Me: Hey Thor, the weatherman says there is a Category Three hurricane bearing down on us right now.
Me: Loki! We need to evacuate right now. The weatherman says there is a tropical depression off the coast of Africa that could become a Category Five Hurricane and will probably strike Charleston harbor at high tide on a full moon and we will all drown.
Loki: Zzzzzzzzzzz..huh? Suppertime?