When severe weather threatens the Tri-State, FOX19 always
has planning discussions to answer various questions.
What is the main threat? When will it
get here? Will the threat be isolated or system wide? Will we cover
All of our conversations have one goal
in mind - how do we best serve you, our viewers?
What we are trying to do is strike a
balance between informing you and intruding on your life. In some situations, it's
a no brainer.
Remember March 2, 2012? Parts of
Crittenden, Piner, Peach Grove and most of Moscow were devastated by EF3 and
We go on the air before the storms
arrive and stay on the air non-stop until the danger ends. No one questions this
wall-to-wall coverage, because in a situation like this, people will die if
they do not have time to take cover.
My most important responsibility as a
TV meteorologist is to look at the camera and tell you to take cover now. It
doesn't happen often. In 35 years I have had to do that only three times.
No matter how dangerous a severe storm
system looks, by the time it gets here it will have changed. They all change.
As I have said many, many times, ALL of
the elements have to come together just right for there to be a deadly
That is just what happened on Sunday
in northern Illinois - a rare deadly, devastating November tornado outbreak.
The news of the powerful killer storms
surged through social media as the storm system headed our way.
At the same time it was becoming more
and more obvious that the system we would get WOULD NOT be anything at all like
When it was all over, the end result
here was scattered. The FOX19 viewing area saw mostly minor damage.
So what was all the fuss about?
Meteorologically speaking it was
obvious there was not the slightest chance a tornado like the Illinois EF4
would form here.
The National Weather Service issued
six tornado warnings with no clarifying statements that the system was
completely different than hours earlier… and most TV meteorologists just
As far as the National Weather Service
goes, their system is either broken or severely outdated. Way too many times do
they cry wolf.
Wednesday, July 30 2014 9:12 PM EDT2014-07-31 01:12:13 GMT
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