Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Up Early After A Texas Thunderstorm & Pete Delkus Ruin My Tuesday Night TV Viewing
Tuesday night was an annoying one in Durango World.
A little before 7, last night, I popped myself some popcorn, in preparation for eventually watching American Idol, watching something else that had been recorded, til the DVR had recorded enough of American Idol so I could fast forward through the many boring parts.
At a little before 7 the predicted damaging thunderstorm had not arrived in my zone. But, at a little before 7 the power went out.
So, I sat outside, eating popcorn, enjoying the breeze and listening to very distant thunder. About a half hour later the storm arrived. Bursts of hail were very noisy. I got a call from Miss Puerto Rico telling me she was in her office safe zone with her cat, because she'd heard tornado sirens. I'd not heard them.
Sometime near the end of American Idol the power came back on. I've no idea what time that was.
I tried to watch the Dancing with the Stars results show. But, it was not possible to watch because it is on ABC. Which locally means, when there is a weather event, this weather obsessed annoyance named Pete Delkus ruins whatever TV show you are trying to watch. Even if it is one of the top-rated shows on TV.
Yes, I know, the weather in these parts can be deadly.
What use was Pete Delkus to me, weather information-wise, when the power went out?
I have said it more than once, if you are at home watching TV you are likely aware of storm potential. If a storm gets bad you have many options for information. You don't need Pete Delkus being a Drama Queen because the Doppler Radar spotted a rotating cell somewhere.
I gave up thinking I was going to be able to watch Dancing with the Stars, no longer able to take the overly earnest Pete Delkus I turned off the TV, voluntarily cutting myself off from any TV generated dire weather warnings.
When I read the news, online, this morning, I was expecting to read about some bad local weather damage. It was not all that bad. A lot of people lost power. Some windshields were knocked out by hail. There was a report or two of tornado sightings. The Rangers had to stop playing baseball.
That's about it.
The headline in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, this morning, indicated last night's was a very major weather event, with the headline saying, "Biggest storm system in years hits Dallas-Fort Worth."
Biggest storm in years. That sounds pretty big.
Then in the second or third paragraph, in the biggest storm in years story, I read the following...
"This is one of the biggest storm systems to hit the area since 2007," said Mark Fox, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth.
So, the headline should have been "Biggest storm system since 2007 hits Dallas-Fort Worth."
That sounds way less dire.
ABC really needs to have a talk with its D/FW affiliate about how weather events are covered. And maybe consider getting Pete Delkus into some sort of therapy.