This post was inspired by Dennis Mersereau (Forbes Contributor)
The comments really got to us during the outbreak Sunday. It’s suffice to say catostropheres like Tornadoes bring out a variety of human behaviour. We tend to see this on show at every turn – news station meteorologist on to rescuers and the everyday joe public looking for ways to help after a catastrophic event – like Sunday’s Tornado Outbreak in AL and GA.
However, a passing scroll through social media during a news station’s severe weather coverage illustrates what it looks like when individuals choose a different route. Individuals tend to send news station meteorologists angry (livid, furious) messages – and it even sometimes get to the threats stage – whenever the news station has to stop regular programming (much-loved television show, sports event) to cover severe weather.
Its suffice to say news stations almost (almost) always stop regular programming in favour of covering severe weather events – inc. Tornado warnings. Because we’re writing in the UK, this type of scenario is standard in the U.S. and is rarely disturbed just because the final round of a PGA tour event is on. It’s mind boggling to see the barrage of hate that news station meteorologists get every time a TV show or sporting event is interrupted in favour of live coverage of severe weather events.
This above scenario played out in front of our eyes on Sunday when a violent Tornado outbreak happened in Alabama, Georgia and surrounding areas. The most significant Tornado was an EF-4 (preliminary) which took the lives of twenty three people in Lee County, Alabama. Whilst news station meteorologists warned people – to seek shelter – who were in the soon-to-be affected area – they had to go through cruel, bitter and spiteful tweets from viewers to put a PGA golf tournament back on air – see in tweets below.
FYI: no matter how much pressure the news station meteorologists receive from d**khead viewers to put a PGA golf event back on when a Tornado is destroying homes and changing lives, it’s extremely unlikely that a news station will ever chose to run normal – irrelevant TV – programming whilst a significant Tornado is occurring. NOT GONNA HAPPEN!
As Mersereau said in his post, “no matter how much selfish and angry hate mail people send”.
Our personal point of view can be found
“ITS NOT GONNA HAPPEN! You’ll just have to wait and see Tiger Wood’s meet his next mistress on the course later…”
News stations report
severe weather events – Tornado warnings – simply because it’s a hugely
(massively, enormously…) important service which essence saves lives. A severe
weather/Tornado warning ticker scrolling across the screen isn’t enough to save
lives. The viewers in the path of what could be a significant Tornado need to
see the radar, hear the towns and street names mentioned in order to drive home
and face the particular scenario.
“I’m getting angry whilst writing this post just thinking of people moaning about such a thing. We’re going to close this post on this last paragraph!”
Jamie Simms, website lead
incredible technology at our disposal today, we have the ability to track
Tornadoes in real-time – see debris being lofted in the air. It would be irresponsible,
thoughtless and stupid not to use the incredible technology we have at
presently in order to warn people in the path of a severe storm – Tornado.
Thanks to Dennis Mersereau for inspiring this post. We highly suggest you go and read his version on the same subject here.