There’s a storm a brewin’, and this one’s for the books my friends. Batten down the hatches, hide the children, cover the pets, and most of all, turn off the damned weather Channel until they are once again responsible media people. Currently they are panic central. They are Geraldo Rivera in rain gear. They are the paparazzi of disaster!
What happened Weather Channel. You once gave reasoned forecasts and responsible alerts. Now you run all day and all night “Severe Weather central,” hourly “TorCon(tornado condition) Updates” and your roving paparazzi of disaster(I love that line, so I’m using it as much as I can) parading as semi-irresponsible storm chasers and veritable tragedy ghouls.
Seriously, there is a way to disseminate critical weather information without this pandering and panic. All day long yesterday we were alerted, in the most specious and hysterical manner, about the “COMING OF THE DERECHO!” That could either refer to a sudden strong thunder storm system, are a 600 foot Mexican! Either way, be afraid. Be very afraid?
Evidence the tragedy that befell several of their storm chasers in Oklahoma earlier this month. The weather channel has made a sport-not a science- of severe storm chasing. They teased all day their weather rabbit on the outskirts of Joliet last night just hoping for a tornado. Like others in the media, they are also the ones lashing themselves to posts and showing campy videos of weatherpersons being knocked about in hurricanes. And don’t think the shorter skirts went unnoticed on their cheerleader-blond weather girls-My wife noticed. My wife noticed!
The storm was a good one. On the far north side of Chicago, near the Evanston border, we got almost two inches of rain, howling winds and plenty of lightning and thunder. A barn and a truck were trashed south of Joliet and some minor damage here and there, something expected with a strong line of storms. It wasn’t the storm-ageddon decried by the weather channel.
They were once far more serious and more comprehensive. They are now sportscasters to destruction. Weather is secondary to the commercials they run. The weather is just the vehicle to get you to those commercials. But then that is the current state of all media lately. It condescends to the lowest common denominator of fear to sow unwarranted panic as a means of keeping you glued to their commercial crazy train, it’s just sad that the Weather Channel had to succumb to that level.
Okay, just once more… paparazzi of disaster!
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