I knew as a 4-year-old child that I wanted to be a meteorologist, even if I didn’t know what that word meant then. I loved weather and wanted to be a television weatherman. I’m so grateful to be doing what I want to and I like when people trust my forecasting to make decisions in their lives.
This is “Severe Weather Awareness Week” in Iowa (Illinois’ was a few weeks ago). I’m bringing this up because of the horrific tornadoes moving through the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area this afternoon.
All planes were grounded at Dallas-Fort Worth International airport and passengers are being sheltered away from glass windows. Some schools are on lock down because it’s not safe for students to go home.
This CNN video from Dallas County shows a tornado picking up a semi-trailer and flinging it through the air like a toy (around the 1:05 point).
As a meteorologist, it frustrates me when we go on the air with a “Tornado Warning” and people start calling the station bitching because they’re missing their program on ABC. Seriously, folks when you see video like this, are you even intelligent enough to know that we’re not on the air to tick you off? Yes, we cover more than 25 counties and it may not be occurring in or near your county, but the world doesn’t turn on an axis in your little world either.
Here’s a little lesson for you.
A “watch”, whether it’s a “Severe Thunderstorm” or “Tornado”, means that weather conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorms or tornadoes to develop. This is usually in effect well in advance of the storms and a “Watch” is issued for several hours.
A “Warning” means that severe thunderstorms are occurring or that a tornado has been reported by law enforcement, trained spotters, or the general public, or that Doppler radar has indicated a possible tornado.
I’m blogging and venting about this because I want you to be safe.
I hope my friends in Texas are, too!