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The storm has passed.

That storm the meteorologist on t.v. predicted would come our way was only a bit of thunder and a small amount of gentle rain.

It has become a media frenzy these days. It creates a false sense of panic and dread every single time there are a few cumulonimbus clouds in the skies.

Why do they do this? Is it for ratings? At what cost? To make us all become so afraid that we reach for the phone to ask our home owner's insurance agent to increase our coverage for cataclysmic coverage?

I don't know about you but I think the media has gotten a bit out of hand. It's true, we live here in the area of the Great Plains states where they refer to us as Tornado Alley. And for certain, Tulsa got hit by a tornado. But in spite of this probability it is as if the media wants everyone in the path of any storm to feel an impending doomsday feeling that makes us think that somehow the words of the storm wizard of the television set will somehow quell our fears by creating deeper fears by their own words and images?

So, the next time you see some clouds in the sky and it is dark and grey, don't fret the coming storm. Be confident that what will happen will indeed happen and the only thing you can do is roll up your car windows, go inside and have a hot cup of coffee and say a little prayer that your roof don't blow off and that your kitty cat won't be sucked up in a vortex!

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MegL wrote on March 31, 2016, 2:18 AM

We have had a lot of storms this past winter. I think the weather forecasters never know the exact path of a storm and here in the UK, they still remember the big gaffe made by the weather presenter Michael Fish, when he scoffed at the notion of a big storm coming up to the UK from Spain, only for one of the biggest storms ever to arrive. I think that was 1987.

lookatdesktop wrote on March 31, 2016, 10:18 AM

It is not an exact science and the weatherman wants to keep his job so sometimes he will downplay a potential storm in hopes it will promote blind optimism and higher ratings, but it's a gamble. The outcome of the storm is similar to the outcome of a race in which the gambler places a bet on an outcome that is completely uncertain and sets back and waits to see how things turn out. In the end there are only two consequences, the relief of not losing too much money or the relief of not losing this time around. In Dallas most local meteorologists err on the side of caution. They seem to take each and every storm as a potential danger and thus never give much optimism. They do however stay right on top of things and this is actually cutting into the air time of our favorite shows, but them I would rather know when to run from a storm than just set and watch a t.v. show ignorant that a tornado was about to take my house to Kansas. lol

Last Edited: March 31, 2016, 10:20 AM

nitsbubb wrote on March 31, 2016, 12:32 PM

That sounds really better. Here in India, the storms are not so violent as in UK or USA. (touch-wood)

lookatdesktop wrote on March 31, 2016, 12:53 PM

I wonder if there is a place on Earth where the weather is calm year round. What do you think?