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Exhausted by the hyperbole...

I walked through kitchen, stopping for some water, fresh from having replaced the flagpole we lost in the 60mph winds of last week's thunderboomer. Then I turned the corner and went into the living room to find everybody just exhausted from the overwrought-in-the-event  hurricane coverage...  First, there was Molly, taking a nap in what used to be my chair, then a surprisingly alert Meriwether sitting next to a slumbering Buffy the Coyote Slayer. Continuing on, I found Gunner down by the couch, and Kiki dead in the hallway... Entering the Sanctum, there were Hal, SWWBO, and Suellen, all knocked out from the stress.

Exhausted by the weather hyperbole... Molly, Meri and Buffy, Gunner and Kiki, Hal, SWWBO, and Suellen.
Even downstairs, in the Armorer Cave, we were tired of the weather-hype.

Don't get me wrong - we, living in tornado alley, are fully cognizant of the importance of timely warnings. We even have our own weather station mounted on the fenceless gate in the side pasture to track winds, rain, temps and humidity and pressure so that we can care for the critters properly and batten down the hatches when needed.  And we have a NOAA weather alert radio for those times we're asleep.  Because generally, around here, since we rely on satcomms for our internet and television access, following NOAA's advice to tune in to local TV or the Internet doesn't work - if it's dangerous weather, we generally don't have connectivity.  And, as the county emergency management director told me when I asked about the sirens (since we could generally only hear them outside) - "The sirens are for people who are outside - inside, we expect you'll be listening to the radio or watching TV."  Great, except when you're asleep.  So, say hello to the weather radio and its very annoying blatting.

 But we do tend to turn off the sound while we do have connectivity and the weather people come on - because every thunderstorm has the potential to produce a Joplin, or Greensburg, and boy don't they know how to play that. It got so bad around here with "Mother Horner" as we called her, that the other stations started an advertising campaign about how they managed to keep you informed without hijacking all the programming.

That ad campaign worked, btw - by the end of the back and forth, even Mother Horner was making jokes about it.

There's a balance to be struck.  Except - in the cut-throat world of cable TV, hyperbole gets eyes, which gets advertisers, which means money.  Note to execs - when you go to "full goose bozo" we turn off the sound, check the crawl now and again, and you lose us otherwise.  I'm the one with my nose in the Kindle, listening for the NOAA alerts or the weather station wind-speed alert.


When all four dogs are sitting wide-eyed under the kitchen table, it's time to head for the basement...


Talked to a guy I know in Fayettnam twice today. The metrosexuals are greatly over blowing the storm in the east. Wind and rain .... no problem.

 Doesn't the North East have Nor'Easters?

I'm hearing via Twitter et. al. that in New York's evacuated apartment buildings, the security people, doormen, etc. left first. A significant amount of property is being left open to the opportunistic.

Mayor Bloomberg should tend to his bed bugs.
I watched a lot of movies this weekend, rather than have to listen to the endless twaddle about Irene...
 Move over pooch!  
Kept in touch with my friends back in Virginia and Maryland, but otherwise tuned out all the hyping fools.

Having grown up in Tornado Alley, I'm more likely to listen to my cats and the wildlife.  I'm also perfectly capable of going outside and watching for myself.

Good 1940s movies on Netflix, and a good Kindle read or three.  I was good.
 MAJ Arkay,  That's just the thing, the day before Irene was supposed to hit, our house animals got real uneasy. There was a 'mandatory evacuation order' from the Governor of NJ. The line was 1 block away, there are 5 of us with pets. We all talked with another Vet, who has a a rehabbed old barn for a house. Originally, they tried to take it down with some D-8 Cat Bulldozers, but the old barn didn't budge at all. It was post and and beam with oak pegs. We packed the animals, their food, our food, plus plenty for him and Water for all. We all packed our gear, meds and documents and with his permission went over to his house to weather the storm. Now the animals were both dogs and cats get along. The strange thing is all of the pets stayed together.

The day of the storm, both the cats and the dogs took care of their outside issues, chowed down and then mellowed out, ASAP. One of the guys made a pot of coffee, we all had breakfast, meds and then coffee. I took my coffee outside, no rain yet. We were back in the woods, other than our pets, there were no animals out, not even the gnats or mosquitos. This is what you call, "Spooky."
As someone who has lived in Southern Florida  off and on since 1955 or so, and knows about actual hurricanes, all I have to say is a noise which resembles a yawn.
That pic is obviously posed! Surely Beth doesn't go to bed with her glasses on!
She does when she falls asleep reading, JTG...
All jokes aside... that is a very sweet and touching picture of Beth.  : )

Can I say three cheers for your NOAA Weather Radio...  Since I work for the NWS I am always happy to know somebody is listening.  When we do post-storm surveys in damaged areas it is discouraging how few people have or use one.

And, as a former Hurricane Hunter, I do want to say that you can't always judge a hurricane by its Saffir-Simpson scale.  Some of them kick off hordes of tornados.  Some are primarily storm surge (Camille and Katrina were big on storm surge as witnessed by the Mississippi Gulf coast).  Some have killer winds that take down trees and structures.  Some just rain and rain and rain.  Even some of the damper tropical storms can cause killer floods.  You have to be able to assess your risk from each type of damage to make an informed decision about what course your preparation and/or evacuation should take.
There is a portable wx radio in my go to work bag. Twice this summer it has alerted me to tornado warnings in the area near my home. This in CT. The first was the bunch in southern MA which cut a swath from Springfield to Sturbridge. The second were no shows.

My town was very lucky with Irene. No injuries.  Trees & power lines down. Some folks will be in the dark for 5-7 days, No flooding because the back side of the storm was dry. The only problem I had was the wife  wanted me to stay home and I wanted to work the storm from the firehouse. We split it 50/50.