Loc: Cape Haze Peninsula, SWFL
Wed Jun 28 2006 09:28 PM
It had no mention on cnn dot com until today, none whatsoever (the floods in DC were the weather story). This is almost certainly because it was not a named storm.
By saying that, I am not taking a position, just observing. The fulcrum around which so much of the national weather warning system depended, boiled down to such a small thing...the wind measurement at one point in time of one airplane over one spot in the ocean.
I have little sympathy for the people who say, "It came out of nowhere." TWC and NWS have been reporting about this for days, telling people to keep an eye on it. Our local stations here in Florida were talking about what a rainmaker it was going to be. I cannot imagine that the mets up "thar" weren't also talking about it. I remember hearing Al Roker on the Today show mention it the other day that it was coming and going to dump more rain on them.
The problem is, people don't want to be bothered to pay attention. If they don't hear "hurricane" they ignore it.
They don't want to take time out of their busy lifes to check out the world around them.
When I travel, the first thing I do in the morning when I wake up is check the local weather. Takes all of a couple of minutes, if that. Tune into tv, radio, get a local paper, whatever. When I went out to Mesa, AZ in July of 2004 for my son's nationals, I was the only one NOT surprised (except for locals) when the dust storm AND monsoonal t-storms hit our third day there. I asked them, didn't you listen to the tv news this morning when you got dressed? (It was EASY to wake up early there, because of the time difference -- 5am there felt like 7 or 8 am our time, can't remember which it was, 2 or 3 hours). They couldn't be bothered.
When we went to VA in April, I knew we were in for wet, chilly weather, and I packed appropriately. I was prepared. Ditto when we went to OH in July of 98 and they had one of their coldest, wettest (50's) Julys ever. Ditto GA on Mother's Day weekend this year ( I knew we would see rain.).
It's not like it was years ago, when people couldn't really tell.
No, you cannot exactly predict a 100-year flash flood condition. That's not what I'm talking about. That's not really possible. But people in areas that have flooded in recent memory should always be looking around and taking heed of the info.
What I'm saying is that anyone who didn't know this system was going to produce immense amounts of rain in its path must not be paying attention. It was talked about and discussed, in many different markets.
It still surprises me the number of people who automatically assume their homeowners insurance covers flooding. Nope, it surely does not. It's a separate rider/policy (depending on your insurer).
It seems like the more "plugged in" our society gets, the dumber they get, because they don't want to exert a modicum of effort to get and stay informed.
Sorry for the rant, but it's a pet peeve.
Lesli in SWFL.
(my 2009 guess - 14/7/5)
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