Good morning Weather2020 bloggers,
A strong storm is affecting the United States this weekend. I titled this blog entry “Weather2020: Voice Of Reason” for a reason, pun intended. I just watched the beginning of The Today Show and heard this, “30 million people are in the path of this severe weather risk today”. What are they trying to do here? Are they just getting your attention? Not only are 30 million people not in the path of this severe weather risk, but only a few of them will be affected. Here is a look at the storm system:
There is a different way to discuss these risks. There is no reason to try to scare people half to death by using statements like the 30 million people statement. This is where we come in at Weather2020. As we grow in the coming years one of our goals is to provide a voice of reason to all of these weather set-ups. There is an intelligent way of discussing the weather. The news business has increasingly become the weather business. Have you noticed? Weather is one of the areas that changes every second of every day. News happens, but you can get the latest news on politics, sports, business, stock markets, and more from so many other sources. Local weather is best described by the local weather forecasters and National Weather Service offices, and this includes KSHB-TV and Weather2020. You would think that tornadoes hit everyone. When the fact is that most people in the United States go their entire lives without seeing a tornado. I don’t have a statistic here, but I will guess that less then 10% of the United States population has ever seen a tornado. Tornadoes are small. We should take every risk seriously. But, there is a way to describe it without scaring people half to death.
I am part of a great news department at KSHB-TV, the NBC Affiliate here in KC. The trend in our newsroom and around the nation is for having the people that are not experts in the field trying to make forecasts, describe the dangers, and practically do the weather. It is a disturbing trend. This is likely where a lot of the mis-information is coming from, but a lot of it comes from many of the ill informed meteorologists and weathercasters themselves. We will increase our efforts at being that Voice Of Reason.
Heavy snow was falling this morning over western Nebraska. The surface low was centered near Topeka, KS at 8 AM as you can see above. This system will slowly move east today. Here is today’s risk:
The tornado risk is rather low today. The most likely spot for tornadoes will be over Louisiana and southern Mississippi.
Have a great day. The weather pattern will be calming down for a few days. We just went through the Thanksgiving weekend part of the cycling pattern. If you remember, there were upper lows that took 8 days to cross from the southwest into the Great Lakes. The same thing has just happened. There will be a break before the next big storm approaches in around one week.