Blizzard of March 2008

Winter Storm on the way!

As I write this, the Dayton area and much of the eastern part of the country is under a Winter Storm Watch. This storm is on the heels of a winter storm that blew snow, ice and destruction from Texas, through the Midwest, Southeast and the District of Columbia. The DC area had a second storm this week. Fortunately, we missed out on that one as it stayed just south of us. This one is dead center on our area, as well as for the east, and, again, Washington. (Do I want the politicians snowed in or out?).

Now, you may be expecting me to complain about all of the radio and TV coverage of these weather situations, but I won’t. I’m actually somewhat of a weather geek. I bemoan the fact that the Weather Channel has been dumbed down to the point that they run reality shows and preach about global warming. If I ever see a tornado, count on me taking pictures of it.

All TV stations play the game of “my Doppler is bigger than your Doppler”, for the most part, at least in our area, they’ve done a little better at getting it right compared to years ago. The truth is, the extra coverage is there because you want it. “What?”, you may say. “I don’t want all of that weather crap! It interferes with Jerry Springer!” TV stations spend millions on research and find the number one thing people want to know about is the weather, especially if it’s going to hamper daily activities.  Sort of  like Tiger Woods; everyone said there was too much coverage, then wouldn’t stop talking about it.  To be sure, there is such thing as overkill; such as about five years ago when Channels 2 and 7 went wall-to-wall on a Sunday afternoon before the first flake had fallen (Sam, what’s it doing in Springboro? Not a thing. OK,How about at the rest stop in Piqua, Sally? Well so far it’s just cloudy, Mike). For the most part, our meteorological folk provide good information.

There are a couple of staples of TV coverage. As surely as the Weather Channel anchors slip off their sportcoat as the hurricane gets closer, someone from the local news crew gets to stand in front of the big salt pile to do a stand-up. Then someone will take a ruler and measure the snow. The closings will crawl by at the bottom of the screen, including the little beauty school with five students (Free plug? Why not?). Maybe a Weather Channel reporter will be holed up at the Motel 6 at I-75 and I-70, just like during the Christmas storm of 2004. (They could at least have let him stay someplace with a bar).

So make sure you have plenty of bread and milk, and of course snacks for that football game that I’m not allowed to say the name of..