Is it me or has the whole weather forecasting industry gone wacky? We have had a very thunderstormy (sp) season this summer. I can't quite get over how much weather coverage the local television stations have given to these storms. They have actually given live uninterupted coverage and line of passing thundershowers.

One can get instant text messaging of approaching severe weather. Ok, I admit even I have a weather alert from WBZ-TV on my cell phone. The trouble with this is that they will alert you when the alert is over. They will also alert you when they have live storm coverage. AND they will alert you when they have special storm related news, such as helicopter fly overs, on their regularly scheduled broadcasts.

When did thunderstorms become severe weather? My idea of severe weather is a hurricane, blizzard, or tornado. I can recall playing during the summer as a child and not knowing if there was a storm approaching. Only when the storm hit did we know that there were "approaching" thunderstorms. It was no big deal. If it was raining, we went inside. If it wasn't raining we went outside. We needed no cell phone alerts to let us know what to do. What's that old adage? He (or she) is too stupid to come in out of the rain. If that's the case then a cell phone alert really isn't going to help..... is it?
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