We love winter, especially here in central Illinois (if you believe that, I’ve got a bridge to sell you). We made it through December and January thinking that, to our disappointment and mild sense that we were missing something, we were seeing another almost snow-less season (again, my tongue is in my cheek). Last year we really thought that climate change had come to us for good. But this year has shown us a few surprises so far, and it’s not even quite March yet. As you know from Joey’s recent post, we headed north during the first week of February, when the month-long forecasts online were giving us hope for an above average remainder of the month, with little precipitation in the form of the white stuff. Being wishful thinkers, we forgot the first rule of weather watching – if you don’t like it, wait a few minutes and it will change.
And the whole thing changed very quickly. Not only are we up to our bumpers in snow, we have had to endure the latest humiliation of being hit by winter storms with names – Q and Rocky, so far. Doing a little research, I discovered that this latest move towards giving the weather some character is all the brain child of – you guessed it – the Weather Channel. According to their web site, in Europe winter storms have been named as they form for some time now, but here in the backward USA we only named them after they happened.
But starting this season, we will hear these fast-moving storms referred to by name. While it may seem kind of silly and useless, this practice at least gives the bored program designers at TWC something to do, since each new storm needs graphics, music, and a general design approach that will hook viewers and keep them watching. Fortunately for us, we don’t watch much TV except when we are here in suburbia, so we don’t get hooked easily, but when an announcer says something like, winter storm Rocky is set to pummel the upper midwest, we tend to wake up and pay attention for a few minutes.
Maybe it shows my age, but I remember when the weather channel was an automated, cyclic channel to surf through once in awhile between more important viewing. Local conditions were featured, along with radar and forecasts, and everything was repeated every 15 minutes or so. Now we not only have the Weather Channel constantly wanting our attention, we have 3 or 4 different weather apps on our smartphone, and at least 3 online sites that get checked regularly for the latest weather news. Clearly we are victims of information overload in many areas of modern life, but especially in the weather department. Being fulltime Rvers, we tend to place a little more importance on what’s going on outside than most folks because we are more exposed, especially in the colder months and the tornado season. But I can’t help but feel that knowing a storm’s name doesn’t really help much, and it makes this snow outside our window even scarier – we are now looking at the results of Q and Rocky which landed on us in a one two punch. So you’ll have to excuse me now, but I am feeling the need to check the weather on TV, on the computer, and on the cell phone…there’s another winter storm brewing out west, and I have to find out what it’s going to be named.
Post Footer automatically generated by Add Post Footer Plugin for wordpress.