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(Entertainment Weekly)   ABC station airs important storm warning information about tornadoes, an action one woman credited with saving her granddaughter's life. Unfortunately, it cut into the season finale of Once Upon a Time and outraged fans called to complain   (popwatch.ew.com) divider line 81
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2014-05-14 12:28:38 AM
I dunno. It does seem like something that could have been added to the crawl instead of total preemption.
 
2014-05-14 12:40:32 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: I dunno. It does seem like something that could have been added to the crawl instead of total preemption.


Nope. If a tornado is on the ground, the weatherman is on the air.

Period.
 
2014-05-14 12:41:08 AM
I had something similar happen once.
The network interrupted to yap about a possible tornado in Maryland. Said station was in Harrisburg, PA, meaning the tornado was probably sixty miles away, and out of said station's viewing radius.
So the pre-emotion, at least in this case, seemed rather pointless.

That said, if it's in your area, then you have no right to complain.
 
2014-05-14 02:53:38 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: I dunno. It does seem like something that could have been added to the crawl instead of total preemption.


Fark your crawl. Season finale, people aren't watching the crawl, they're watching the show. You're not getting anyone's attention unless you take the show away and put up a Doppler telling people just how much they need to get in the basement right the hell now.
 
2014-05-14 03:05:01 AM

Gosling: AverageAmericanGuy: I dunno. It does seem like something that could have been added to the crawl instead of total preemption.

Fark your crawl. Season finale, people aren't watching the crawl, they're watching the show. You're not getting anyone's attention unless you take the show away and put up a Doppler telling people just how much they need to get in the basement right the hell now.


The point is that if the storm is in the viewing area, there are people who do need to get to the basement right the hell now.
 
2014-05-14 03:09:06 AM
If there are tornadoes on the ground, then re-empting the broadcast makes sense.

I remember years ago the local network in Milwaukee kept cutting into the broadcast of whatever I was watching to show their "lightning tracking radar", but I don't recall there even being a tornado watch in effect.  They never pre-empted any commercials of course, but they were more than happy to cover half of the time between commercials showing me radar of the lightning I could clearly see outside my window.
 
2014-05-14 03:28:50 AM
Ha - this reminds me OJ's Bronco chase.  IIRC it was on a Friday and I wanted to watch some TV show.  I don't even remember what TV show, but I was pissed off that they were showing a boring police chase instead of whatever the hell I wanted to watch instead.

I really had no idea how big that whole thing would get.  I didn't give a shiat about OJ.  He was that football player that starred in Hertz commercials.  Who the hell cares?

As it turned out, a lot of people did care.  I spent the next 2 years trying to avoid any and all coverage of the OJ trial.

It was hard to do.

And as tornadoes go, no news source has ever alerted me to a tornado that I had to seek shelter from.

I saw one off in the distance once.  No TV or radio is necessary to see a tornado bearing down on you. If I turned on the TV right now and there were tornado warnings, I'd keep sitting here watching the TV and I wouldn't panic until the wind started howling so violently that I thought the windows on my house wouldn't hold it back.
 
2014-05-14 03:36:03 AM
I just read the article.   Yeah, who the hell cares?  I've seen too many weather warnings for me to take them seriously anyway.

You aren't saving anyone's lives you stupid weather girl.

Even better than the OJ Bronco chase was an Amber alert I saw once.  They interrupted programming to tell everyone that there had been an Amber alert issued in a county about 100 miles from me.  That was all.  There was no description of the child.  They didn't say if it was a boy or a girl.  They didn't have any information, but me sitting in my living room had to be informed that somewhere there was a child missing.

Yeah, I'll be on the alert for any missing children that might just happen to run through my living room.

People in TV are a bunch of self-important shiat heads
 
2014-05-14 03:54:50 AM

gfid: Ha - this reminds me OJ's Bronco chase.  IIRC it was on a Friday and I wanted to watch some TV show.  I don't even remember what TV show, but I was pissed off that they were showing a boring police chase instead of whatever the hell I wanted to watch instead.

I really had no idea how big that whole thing would get.  I didn't give a shiat about OJ.  He was that football player that starred in Hertz commercials.  Who the hell cares?

As it turned out, a lot of people did care.  I spent the next 2 years trying to avoid any and all coverage of the OJ trial.

It was hard to do.

And as tornadoes go, no news source has ever alerted me to a tornado that I had to seek shelter from.

I saw one off in the distance once.  No TV or radio is necessary to see a tornado bearing down on you. If I turned on the TV right now and there were tornado warnings, I'd keep sitting here watching the TV and I wouldn't panic until the wind started howling so violently that I thought the windows on my house wouldn't hold it back.

Famous last words. By the time a tornado is close enough to hear, it's likely too late to seek shelter. As for seeing one bearing down on you, #1, try that indoors with walls and such, unless you have X-ray vision. #2, Google "rain-wrapped tornadoes." They're practically invisible even if you're outdoors and looking right at them and they're less than a mile away. #3, night (which can exacerbate #2).
 
2014-05-14 03:58:25 AM
Tough f*cking titty, show watchers. For every one of you whining about missing  your show, there was someone who needed that alert to get into the basement. You would be crying out of the other side of your mouth (assuming you had a mouth to cry out of, or a phone to cry into) if it had been YOUR house the tornado touched down on so someone across town could watch the opening credits of "Douchebags on Ice" or whatever it was.

Emergency warnings always and forever preempt a show that will be in reruns in a week or two.
 
2014-05-14 04:38:38 AM

gfid: Ha - this reminds me OJ's Bronco chase.  IIRC it was on a Friday and I wanted to watch some TV show.  I don't even remember what TV show, but I was pissed off that they were showing a boring police chase instead of whatever the hell I wanted to watch instead.

I really had no idea how big that whole thing would get.  I didn't give a shiat about OJ.  He was that football player that starred in Hertz commercials.  Who the hell cares?

As it turned out, a lot of people did care.  I spent the next 2 years trying to avoid any and all coverage of the OJ trial.

It was hard to do.

And as tornadoes go, no news source has ever alerted me to a tornado that I had to seek shelter from.

I saw one off in the distance once.  No TV or radio is necessary to see a tornado bearing down on you. If I turned on the TV right now and there were tornado warnings, I'd keep sitting here watching the TV and I wouldn't panic until the wind started howling so violently that I thought the windows on my house wouldn't hold it back.


Hell, I'd say if you can see the warning, you're safe.  Because that means your power hasn't been cut yet.
 
2014-05-14 04:40:26 AM

COMALite J: gfid: Ha - this reminds me OJ's Bronco chase.  IIRC it was on a Friday and I wanted to watch some TV show.  I don't even remember what TV show, but I was pissed off that they were showing a boring police chase instead of whatever the hell I wanted to watch instead.

I really had no idea how big that whole thing would get.  I didn't give a shiat about OJ.  He was that football player that starred in Hertz commercials.  Who the hell cares?

As it turned out, a lot of people did care.  I spent the next 2 years trying to avoid any and all coverage of the OJ trial.

It was hard to do.

And as tornadoes go, no news source has ever alerted me to a tornado that I had to seek shelter from.

I saw one off in the distance once.  No TV or radio is necessary to see a tornado bearing down on you. If I turned on the TV right now and there were tornado warnings, I'd keep sitting here watching the TV and I wouldn't panic until the wind started howling so violently that I thought the windows on my house wouldn't hold it back.
Famous last words. By the time a tornado is close enough to hear, it's likely too late to seek shelter. As for seeing one bearing down on you, #1, try that indoors with walls and such, unless you have X-ray vision. #2, Google "rain-wrapped tornadoes." They're practically invisible even if you're outdoors and looking right at them and they're less than a mile away. #3, night (which can exacerbate #2).


Part of the problem is I've heard of so many tornado warnings that I just don't give them much credence anymore.  I'm not saying the news media was crying wolf, but they usually tend to be very localized.so my first reaction isn't to run and hide in the basement, it's to actually look out the window.

I've even lived in places that had tornado warning sirens.  They tested them weekly around noon on a Tuesday IIRC.  What if a tornado actually hit that place around noon on a Tuesday?

I lived in the top floor of an apartment building at the time.  I know I was supposed to hide in the bathroom and drag my mattress into it just to be safe, but would I have really done that?  Nope.

The one tornado I've been in I didn't even recognize as a tornado at first.  I just thought that it looked like a really bad storm headed towards me.  And nobody in the office was watching TV.  I guess someone was listening to the radio because we all huddled together in a stairwell while it blew out 2 sets of doors at the entrance to the building while simultaneously ripping part of the roof off.

There have been worse tornadoes than that one, but only 1 person died.  The property damage was pretty horrific though.  I've been shot at before more than once.  I'm not going to freak out over a tornado.

Unless an EF5 tornado scores a direct hit on whatever building I happen to be in at the time, I'll be just fine.

Wikipedia says there have been 59 EF5 tornadoes in the US since 1950.  I have a better chance at winning the lottery than being killed in a tornado and I don't even buy lottery tickets.

I also don't buy your claim that once it's close enough to hear that it's too late to seek shelter.  I hear thunderstorms all the time.  I'm well aware of what's going on outside.  I might not have time to run down to the basement, but I could certainly spend the 3 seconds it would take to run to the windowless bathroom and shut the doors.

I'm not even sure if the basement would be the best choice.  It has windows.  I'm thinking the first floor windowless bathroom is probably a better choice.  If that's not enough to protect me, then even if I survive I'd be homeless.

/   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aegs-CR8ZdM&feature=kp
 
Skr
2014-05-14 04:55:58 AM
I'm guessing Dorothy has shown up by now in that Once Upon A Time show. I'm not sure if that would teach the audience to fear tornadoes.
 
2014-05-14 04:58:26 AM
Looks like three tornadoes touched down in their viewing area that night, so I'm siding with the station on this one.
 
2014-05-14 05:09:15 AM
My experience with tornadoes is that the more attention people give them, the more they act out.
 
2014-05-14 05:20:32 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: I dunno. It does seem like something that could have been added to the crawl instead of total preemption.


I'd assume that some people aren't able to keep up with a crawl and prefer to actually have a weather guy spell it out for them. I'd also assume a lot of other people in the area would have access to Once Upon A Time that very night or the next day online, legal or not if they really want to see it. But if having a guy sit there and talk you through it saves lives, it's worth my temporary inconvenience. It may suck, but shiat man, priorities.
/I was really pissed when the OJ chase cut into my Picket Fences viewing.
 
2014-05-14 06:05:52 AM

HawgWild: AverageAmericanGuy: I dunno. It does seem like something that could have been added to the crawl instead of total preemption.

Nope. If a tornado is on the ground, the weatherman is on the air.

Period.


Except that now a "tornado warning" is called when the radar shows a potential "hook" in the air currents which "could potentially" lead to tornado formation. So "tornado warning" =/= "tornado physically seen on the ground tearing shiat up."
 
2014-05-14 06:59:04 AM
I remember emailing my local TV station asking when they were going to air the latest episode of "Angel" since Gulf War II coverage had preempted it, so I guess I can't be too snarky.
 
2014-05-14 07:08:05 AM
Prediction: People outraged when the midseason finale for "Once Upon a Time" is preempted for winter storm coverage.
 
2014-05-14 07:19:48 AM
world problems.
 
2014-05-14 07:52:42 AM
They cut into SNL to talk about Princess Di getting killed. I remember being pissed and I don't even like SNL.
 
2014-05-14 07:56:24 AM
Oh my ex would have gone ape-shiat if this had happened to her. She is so obsessed with this show, She would post on Facebook not to call, text, message or contact her in any way (and this included me as well) when the show came on. She even posted the caveat that if someone had died, they wouldn't be any less dead after the show. Now she lives this deviant lifestyle where she thinks she's Rumplestiltskin and living with a girl who thinks she's Belle (and that is how they refer to each other...).
 
2014-05-14 08:12:25 AM

gfid: No TV or radio is necessary to see a tornado bearing down on you.


It goes a long way toward surviving the experience, however.
 
2014-05-14 08:16:56 AM

sniderman: HawgWild: AverageAmericanGuy: I dunno. It does seem like something that could have been added to the crawl instead of total preemption.

Nope. If a tornado is on the ground, the weatherman is on the air.

Period.

Except that now a "tornado warning" is called when the radar shows a potential "hook" in the air currents which "could potentially" lead to tornado formation. So "tornado warning" =/= "tornado physically seen on the ground tearing shiat up."


That changed in the last 15-20 years, right? I swear what we call warnings now used to be watches, and warnings weren't actually issued until a tornado was verified. It seems like we used to be in severe thunderstorm warnings quite a bit, then it would go to a tornado watch for ten or fifteen minutes, then go to tornado warning with a location of said tornado.

/straightens onion on belt
 
2014-05-14 08:18:22 AM
Fox DC did this during the season finale of 24. Right as Jack is about to chop off his partner's hand, they interrupted to tell us the storm was over.
 
2014-05-14 08:20:33 AM

clkeagle: sniderman: HawgWild: AverageAmericanGuy: I dunno. It does seem like something that could have been added to the crawl instead of total preemption.

Nope. If a tornado is on the ground, the weatherman is on the air.

Period.

Except that now a "tornado warning" is called when the radar shows a potential "hook" in the air currents which "could potentially" lead to tornado formation. So "tornado warning" =/= "tornado physically seen on the ground tearing shiat up."

That changed in the last 15-20 years, right? I swear what we call warnings now used to be watches, and warnings weren't actually issued until a tornado was verified. It seems like we used to be in severe thunderstorm warnings quite a bit, then it would go to a tornado watch for ten or fifteen minutes, then go to tornado warning with a location of said tornado.

/straightens onion on belt


Better technology means more warnings. Also the attention whore quotient of local weathermen has gone up. It's the only time stations get decent ratings.
 
2014-05-14 08:22:13 AM
So, tough guys who don't want warnings, are you gonna survive a direct hit from a tornado by bragging on Fark about how tough you are?


I get mildly annoyed when meteorologists break in for tornado warnings here, but I know it does save lives so my irritation is rather short lived. They are necessary to save lives. If you have so little farking compassion for other human beings' well being that you get so mad you call to yell at a weatherman, you've got seriously farked up priorities. And you're probably fat.
 
2014-05-14 08:31:23 AM
I thought the video was hilarious.  Shawn Cable the weather dude is a bit over the top on a clear day let alone actual storm.  I'm sure they over did the whole thing.  Still she's right 'you'll get over it'.  I'm pretty sure the TV stations have a legal responsibility for the whole 'public good' thing.


/better headline and all that.
 
2014-05-14 08:34:57 AM

Richard_The_Clown: Oh my ex would have gone ape-shiat if this had happened to her. She is so obsessed with this show, She would post on Facebook not to call, text, message or contact her in any way (and this included me as well) when the show came on. She even posted the caveat that if someone had died, they wouldn't be any less dead after the show. Now she lives this deviant lifestyle where she thinks she's Rumplestiltskin and living with a girl who thinks she's Belle (and that is how they refer to each other...).


She sounds fat.
 
2014-05-14 08:48:27 AM

Skr: I'm guessing Dorothy has shown up by now in that Once Upon A Time show. I'm not sure if that would teach the audience to fear tornadoes.


Actually she has shown up on the show as have Glinda the good witch, Zelena the evil witch, and flying monkeys who were just transformed Little John, Sleeping Beauty and her prince.and the Wizard of Oz.

/Next season is going to be crazier since Elsa from Frozen has now shown up
 
2014-05-14 08:59:04 AM
What about the 6 to 8 hours when many are sleeping? How can a local news weather man save those people? We should all get chips installed into our brains that will cut out of a dream for important severe weather updates from nearby counties! Its about safety!!!!
 
2014-05-14 09:13:09 AM

HawgWild: AverageAmericanGuy: I dunno. It does seem like something that could have been added to the crawl instead of total preemption.

Nope. If a tornado is on the ground, the weatherman is on the air.

Period.


Standard procedure to interrupt regular programming in Oklahoma when the weather is severe.  I'm talking straight weather coverage, talking to spotters, helicopter footage, and radar tracking for as long as five hours.  And not one person complains.
 
2014-05-14 09:14:52 AM

texdent: Skr: I'm guessing Dorothy has shown up by now in that Once Upon A Time show. I'm not sure if that would teach the audience to fear tornadoes.

Actually she has shown up on the show as have Glinda the good witch, Zelena the evil witch, and flying monkeys who were just transformed Little John, Sleeping Beauty and her prince.and the Wizard of Oz.

/Next season is going to be crazier since Elsa from Frozen has now shown up


The one and only tornado I've seen looked EXACTLY like the one in Oz, couldn't get over that. It was in Fla, 20 miles away, and thankfully took a sudden turn into the gulf.

As far as pre-empting, heck, they broke in to programming when Dan Silver announced what was going to happen to the old racist dude (yeah, know his name- won't use it).

/the OJ low speed chase was hilarious
//what happened to prompt it was not
 
2014-05-14 09:16:26 AM
The radio station where I work issued a tornado warning for the immediate area. A tornado was actually on the ground, and did wind up doing some damage. It preempted a NASCAR race and an idiot called in to biatch about it. I told him his priorities were out of whack and hung up on his dumb ass.
 
2014-05-14 09:19:05 AM
do we really not have enough screens in front of us today, that interrupting a video stream is the most effective way to notify people of a weather event that probably doesn't impact them?
 
2014-05-14 09:21:21 AM
/csb

I live in Northern Indiana where nothing ever happens so all the local news stations just talk about the weather constantly.  If there is a dark cloud in the sky there's a crawl on the bottom of the screen documenting the size, shape, color and direction it is moving, and frequent interruptions to let viewers know it's "HEADED RIGHT FOR THEM."

A few years ago I was attempting to watch a series finale for a show.  I forget now which show exactly, but I know it was the very last episode ever and I was highly invested in the show.  It was raining that night.  Nothing major, some thunder here and there.....and the local NBC station decided to pre-empt the show and talk about the storm the entire time.  I was livid.  I called the station and screamed at them on the phone and sat there seething with anger when, about 20 minutes after my call, the weather man actually said something to the affect of "we're getting a lot of calls from angry viewers about our storm coverage taking precedence over tonight's broadcast of....ladies and gentlemen this is a DANGEROUS storm and we're attempting to WARN you of it so that you can SEEK SHELTER...."  I laughed.  Apparently the calls kept coming because about 5 minutes after that he came back on and said "we're now going to return you to your regularly scheduled broadcast" and just like that every bit of storm information disappeared from the screen.  During the time he was on screen, and I sat there waiting for my show to come on, I checked the other channels and not a single one of them was talking about the weather.  None of them even had crawls across the bottom of the screen.

A couple days after it happened there was an apology in the local paper from the station saying they went overboard with their storm coverage and jumped the gun on how "dangerous" the storm was and that they were sorry for interrupting the show and would be showing a special broadcast of it in it's entirety the next night.
 
2014-05-14 09:22:55 AM

CarnySaur: I remember emailing my local TV station asking when they were going to air the latest episode of "Angel" since Gulf War II coverage had preempted it, so I guess I can't be too snarky.


I'm still not over them interrupting Jericho for 2008 primary election coverage.  It was like 3 hours of "nope, the Republicans still haven't picked a nominee."  And noone cared when they finally did.
 
2014-05-14 09:25:02 AM
I wish they had done that during the last tornado in my area.  The automated screen splash of tornado warning for Tazwell county please seak shelter.... just didnt catch my attention.  The text my sister sent of "TORNADO HEADING THROUGH WASHINGTON AND HEADING TOWARDS YOU" that came just as the hail rained got my butt down in the basement.  Thankfully it curved and missed me by a large margin.
 
2014-05-14 09:29:48 AM

COMALite J: gfid: Ha - this reminds me OJ's Bronco chase.  IIRC it was on a Friday and I wanted to watch some TV show.  I don't even remember what TV show, but I was pissed off that they were showing a boring police chase instead of whatever the hell I wanted to watch instead.

I really had no idea how big that whole thing would get.  I didn't give a shiat about OJ.  He was that football player that starred in Hertz commercials.  Who the hell cares?

As it turned out, a lot of people did care.  I spent the next 2 years trying to avoid any and all coverage of the OJ trial.

It was hard to do.

And as tornadoes go, no news source has ever alerted me to a tornado that I had to seek shelter from.

I saw one off in the distance once.  No TV or radio is necessary to see a tornado bearing down on you. If I turned on the TV right now and there were tornado warnings, I'd keep sitting here watching the TV and I wouldn't panic until the wind started howling so violently that I thought the windows on my house wouldn't hold it back.
Famous last words. By the time a tornado is close enough to hear, it's likely too late to seek shelter. As for seeing one bearing down on you, #1, try that indoors with walls and such, unless you have X-ray vision. #2, Google "rain-wrapped tornadoes." They're practically invisible even if you're outdoors and looking right at them and they're less than a mile away. #3, night (which can exacerbate #2).


You put it a lot nicer than I would have. I was just going to go with "You're a farking moron," which is equally true.

gfid: ...

Part of the problem is I've heard of so many tornado warnings that I just don't give them much credence anymore.  I'm not saying the news media was crying wolf, but they usually tend to be very localized.so my first reaction isn't to run and hide in the basement, it's to actually look out the window.

I've even lived in places that had tornado warning sirens.  They tested them weekly around noon on a Tuesday IIRC.  What if a tornado actually hit that place around noon on a Tuesday?

I lived in the top floor of an apartment building at the time.  I know ...


Warnings save lives, for FSM's sake. Sure, you might have enough time to find shelter when you hear the tornado coming, gfid, but you probably won't. You might survive above ground, but you might not. Do you really think some television show, which is available in alternate forms, including for free online, is worth people's lives. Yes, there are warnings which turn out to be above-ground rotation, and warnings which don't pertain to you because tornadoes don't have a particularly large path of devastation, but affect others in nearby areas, or even warnings for tornadoes that dissipate or change direction before getting to your sorry arse. Tornadoes are hard to see at night, and if you're watching a tv show, chances are you aren't going to be paying an awful lot of attention to what's going on outside.

A tornado doesn't need to be EF5 to kill people. The reason, though, that so few people are killed by tornadoes at this point is because they're warned. They have warning earlier in the day, and even earlier in the week now, from SPC forecasts and watches. And as for not going to the basement: yes, getting away from windows is important, to avoid getting hit with debris, but if you take a direct hit, you want to be as low as possible (which is also why, if you're caught outside, it's recommended that you find a ditch to lie in and cover your head), so you don't *become* debris. My first reaction to a warning has always been to take shelter - if I didn't need to, then what have I lost? A few minutes of time? I haven't been under a tornado warning since Hurricane Irene, but I don't begrudge the ten minutes I sat with my brother and the dogs in our hallway in the middle of the night. Admittedly, if we'd had a tornado when I was in grad school during the day, I'd have probably packed up my car with the dog, my phone, some water, and gone to get a look, but that's my decision, and I certainly wouldn't tell anyone else to do that, and would probably try to talk others out of it (with some exceptions, for my friends who are also in the field).

/Not really a worry where I am now, the Maritimes don't tend to be at high risk for fun weather
//rant off
 
2014-05-14 09:33:09 AM
Something tells me that the people who complained are the same ones that would call 911 because there were too many pickles on their Subway sandwich.

Just a gut feeling.
 
2014-05-14 09:38:02 AM

Gene Masseth Jr.: /csb

I live in Northern Indiana where nothing ever happens so all the local news stations just talk about the weather constantly.  If there is a dark cloud in the sky there's a crawl on the bottom of the screen documenting the size, shape, color and direction it is moving, and frequent interruptions to let viewers know it's "HEADED RIGHT FOR THEM."

A few years ago I was attempting to watch a series finale for a show.  I forget now which show exactly, but I know it was the very last episode ever and I was highly invested in the show.  It was raining that night.  Nothing major, some thunder here and there.....and the local NBC station decided to pre-empt the show and talk about the storm the entire time.  I was livid.  I called the station and screamed at them on the phone and sat there seething with anger when, about 20 minutes after my call, the weather man actually said something to the affect of "we're getting a lot of calls from angry viewers about our storm coverage taking precedence over tonight's broadcast of....ladies and gentlemen this is a DANGEROUS storm and we're attempting to WARN you of it so that you can SEEK SHELTER...."  I laughed.  Apparently the calls kept coming because about 5 minutes after that he came back on and said "we're now going to return you to your regularly scheduled broadcast" and just like that every bit of storm information disappeared from the screen.  During the time he was on screen, and I sat there waiting for my show to come on, I checked the other channels and not a single one of them was talking about the weather.  None of them even had crawls across the bottom of the screen.

A couple days after it happened there was an apology in the local paper from the station saying they went overboard with their storm coverage and jumped the gun on how "dangerous" the storm was and that they were sorry for interrupting the show and would be showing a special broadcast of it in it's entirety the next night.


Sadly some stations overhype minor storms, and people get the wrong impression of how easily they can ignore severe weather notices. And that annoys me more than missing any show, that people will stop taking watches and warnings seriously all because someone got jumpy or wanted some more ratings. And, in all honesty, many of these stations do this sort of hype independent of the type of storm, and there's a reason I don't pay any heed to their forecasts. But if there is a tornado warning, that is a reason to pre-empt any show. This is always the case. When this happens, I curse the weather gods, but not the station.
 
2014-05-14 09:42:58 AM
And plus don't these people realize they can just watch their show online the next day?
 
2014-05-14 09:52:35 AM

serial_crusher: do we really not have enough screens in front of us today, that interrupting a video stream is the most effective way to notify people of a weather event that probably doesn't impact them?


They send out notices through cell phones too. As also mentioned in this thread, they'll preempt radio as well. Some places have tornado sirens but if you're far enough in the country, you're not going to hear them. They're trying to reach 100% of the population in the path in a short amount of time. Those not in the path are just going to have to deal with the minor inconvenience.
 
2014-05-14 10:13:03 AM
What I want to know, is did she leave her co-anchor hanging, or did he get his high five?


Luthien's Tempest:
Not really a worry where I am now, the Maritimes don't tend to be at high risk for fun weather

Except hurricane season.  Not Florida or Gulf cost level but fun nonetheless.

/Worked in TV operations
//Gufl war 1 kept interrupting our station
///feeling old
 
2014-05-14 10:14:12 AM

texdent: And plus don't these people realize they can just watch their show online the next day?


Hell, if they just missed the last couple of minutes, it's on youtube.

/Watched those couple of minutes to see what the hell people were talking about
 
2014-05-14 10:27:07 AM
Here in Texas, if they pre-empt programming, it is usually pretty damn serious.  They know tornadoes down here.  When they interrupt to tell you it is one of a few situations:
1) Active tornado on the ground
2) Hail that can cause some serious damage and injury
3.) Straight line winds that can do the same
4) Flash flooding.  This one is overlooked by a lot of folks.  But flooding kills more people than tornadoes.

If they were to interrupt merely because of bad weather, there would be a lot of pre-empted programming. I usually make a habit of deferring to those with expertise on these type of things.  That means I know which meteorologists and news organizations to trust and tune into them.  That being said, one of the first things I do during a storm is get radar going from Wunderground or weather.com and track if the storm is right above me.  I took a conference call from my hall the other day because of this.
 
2014-05-14 10:32:40 AM
gfid:
I've even lived in places that had tornado warning sirens.  They tested them weekly around noon on a Tuesday IIRC.  What if a tornado actually hit that place around noon on a Tuesday?

 Where I live, the tornado sirens are tested each Saturday, at noon.  Regardless of the day or time, if  the weather situation is severe enough, it is painfully obvious when the sounding of  the siren is legitimate.

Unless an EF5 tornado scores a direct hit on whatever building I happen to be in at the time, I'll be just fine.


Apparently, you do not appreciate the destructive nature of any tornado.   Review the Enhanced Fujita Scale and rethink your position.
 
2014-05-14 10:34:14 AM

Gyrfalcon: You would be crying out of the other side of your mouth (assuming you had a mouth to cry out of, or a phone to cry into) if it had been YOUR house the tornado touched down on so someone across town could watch the opening credits of "Douchebags on Ice" or whatever it was.


Point of Order: It couldn't have been Douchebags on Ice. It's May, and the Maple Leafs didn't make the playoffs.
 
2014-05-14 10:40:51 AM

gfid: I just read the article.   Yeah, who the hell cares?  I've seen too many weather warnings for me to take them seriously anyway.

You aren't saving anyone's lives you stupid weather girl.

Even better than the OJ Bronco chase was an Amber alert I saw once.  They interrupted programming to tell everyone that there had been an Amber alert issued in a county about 100 miles from me.  That was all.  There was no description of the child.  They didn't say if it was a boy or a girl.  They didn't have any information, but me sitting in my living room had to be informed that somewhere there was a child missing.

Yeah, I'll be on the alert for any missing children that might just happen to run through my living room.

People in TV are a bunch of self-important shiat heads


You should go live in the mountains where you won't have to interact with other human beings.
 
2014-05-14 10:40:52 AM

HawgWild: AverageAmericanGuy: I dunno. It does seem like something that could have been added to the crawl instead of total preemption.

Nope. If a tornado is on the ground, the weatherman is on the air.

Period.


The weatherman shouldn't have stood so close to the tornado
 
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