It has become quite obvious from the massive number of amateur-submitted videos showing severe storm activity folks have latched onto a new way of entertaining themselves.
And it’s relatively low-cost…except if you factor in the potentially costing you your life part.
Yes, even whole families are now banding together to chase down bands of meteorological disturbances to either get their fifteen seconds of fame when they upload their captured images…or get their fifteen seconds of thrills witnessing a neighbor’s house relocating several miles from its original placement.
Storm chasing has apparently become so very popular emergency responders are receiving alert messages from their command stations when severe weather is approaching to also strategically prepare for…visitors.
I would tell you how completely insane this all is considering everyone on the Weather Channel advises people to not only stay indoors when severe weather is in the area…but get to a basement or a room with no windows. I would…except for the fact while this country is currently experiencing a run of unprecedented wild weather like never before…the network we used to count on for that kind of 24/7 weather advice and concern runs weather reality shows now instead of covering weather reality. We had some severe weather come through just the other night…but “Coast Guard Alaska” was on. They do have a “Weatherscan Channel” that constantly provides a local radar view and emergency advisory info…but it’s just not the same without someone actively telling you to get to a safe place as danger is imminent.
So, perhaps the growing number of people following twisters don’t have their priorities in the best order…but does the Weather Channel?
They have another reality show premiering tonight…here’s the synopsis:
Series Premiere: Iron Men
This show sounds like it has nothing to do with “The Avengers” and a key member of their team, Iron Man.
This show sounds like it has nothing to do with weather either.
Eventually, the Weather Channel will be able to improve their profit margins (and insurance rates) further by not having to ever send anyone out to the field to cover approaching or departing storm situations. It sounds like we’ll soon be able to pick and choose from all sorts of individuals and families to update us on what happened in their respective communities. Neighbors interviewing neighbors.
You’ll just have to watch CNN and MSNBC to see all that. Bad weather is their bread-and-butter now. It’s happening all the time, all over the nation…and the footage is rolling in non-stop from all this “new media.”
Really, should we even expect the Weather Channel to cover weather when so many people are willing to travel into harm’s way to do it for them…and the news networks lead with weather stories anyway? They can just run reality shows about weather…picking and choosing from all the images captured by the growing legion of part-time storm chasers.
Geez, no job is safe anymore. Those “professional” storm chasers will be looking for work soon.
Many of the very same public who collectively gasps when gasoline goes up a penny appears to be more than ready to burn gallons at a moment’s notice to be a part of Mother Nature’s ever-growing, self-destructive tendencies…showing their own self-destructive tendencies in the process.