Unfortunately, with TWC not having had any other weather to talk about, they are seeking out every scrap of video, every morsel of weather related news they can from this weekend's tornado outbreak. They are showing people who drove into the tornado and survived, people whose homes crashed around them, church leveled around them, tornadoes chased them... and they survived. What message does that send to the public? Go on... use that fancy iPhone of yours to get right up close and personal and shoot great video, so the Weather Channel will make you famous. No, no, you don't need to know anything about weather or how to stay safe, just shoot it and send it in, and we'll give you a by-line... if you survive it. I am afraid that TWC's iWitness and all these tornado chasing reality shows (yes, yes, I know I was on one), where people get closer, closer... to the point of actually being inside the doggone tornado (how insane and stupidly dangerous is that?!) are creating a breed of fanatics, who know nothing about what it is they are chasing, but the thrill of being close to danger and seeing their video on TV drive them to the brink of death. I was disgusted when I saw a video this morning of a couple watching a tornado approach them. While she shouted in panic, he shot video, and told her that they would just hop in the ditch if it got close... yeehaw, just like we saw on that there "Twister" movie, right? Dude, she had the right idea... you were clueless and she was reasonably scared. Then, there was the footage of the man on his front porch filming a tornado's approach as sirens are wailing, warning him to get himself and his screaming scared children to safety, but no, he had to shoot the footage to send into TWC. Tornadoes kill. Let me repeat that... TORNADOES KILL. If you don't know what you're doing, seek shelter. My heart is sad over the public perspective as it seems to be developing regarding storm chasing and the growing need to provide iWitness coverage to TWC goons. Be safe, people. Now, let me just hop off that soapbox.
To quote Benjamin Franklin: Some are weather-wise; some are otherwise.It is with a heavy heart that I see the models are setting up to blast the SAME region this weekend.It breaks my heart to think of them digging through the rubble and learning that there is yet another target drawn over them. How terrifying that must be. My thoughts and prayers are with them as they deal with the trauma and tragedy... as they deal with the wreckage left after the storm. May God fill them with a peace that transcends all understanding. Guard their hearts and minds, Lord.
Have a blessed day!