Well it’s that time of year again. Tornado season is upon us.

If’ you’re not lucky enough to live in the Midwest, then you don’t get to experience the joy that is Tornado Season. That weird green or yellow colored sky, the eerie stillness that comes just before something really bad hits, like softball sized hail.

And this is the only time of year that I really, truly do rely on the local weather men, far more than I do on national stations like The Weather Channel.

The problem, at least as I see it, as a person who lives in Tornado Alley, when you have a national channel trying to do their predictions, they’re also trying to keep viewers on their channel instead of on the local news channels.

Because a local meteorologist knows the area. And they’re familiar with the atmospheric conditions and what’s normal for that particular area, as well as the location in great detail.


After all, I would flip if I turned on the national weather channel and they said my city was being ravaged by a tornado. Yet, I check the local weather, they may say that a tornado is brushing through the southeast corner of the city. (This actually happened a couple of years ago–the national weather channel made it sound like my city was being torn apart. My brother, who lived in another state, kept me informed about what was really happening, by watching my local weather men through the internet, while I huddled in a friend’s basement–we had no power at the time and no weather radio, so no idea where the storm was.)

So while I never fault my local weather men when they’re off on, say, how much snow we get, or when the temperature is colder/hotter than they predict, by God, they know where the storms are. Every year, they’re getting better. Technology is improving, and they’re much more accurate about where those pesky funnel clouds will hit. Why, just a few years ago, they could not predict where a big storm outbreak would hit, and now they can see it coming days in advance.

And here, in the past, you’ve gotten maybe fifteen minutes to get to shelter, to have even a day’s notice about coming tornadoes gives so much more relief. You can prepare–stock up on necessities, possibly back up technology, pack an overnight bag if you need to leave your house.

So do I care if the weather men can’t tell me how much snow we’re going to get?

Nope.

They can, however, tell me where those tornadoes are. And that’s good enough for me.

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