Okay, what’s with every media source assuming they have to put umpteen carloads of storm chasers into the path of severe weather events. The Weather Channel had a crew injured… pure luck they weren’t injured worse or killed… in Oklahoma yesterday. This past week, it sounded like WIBW had at least 3 crews driving in to storms in Kansas… in addition to crews from KSNT, Wichita stations, Kansas City stations, etc. Emergency personnel are telling people to take cover and to leave the path of these storms. Instead, news channels are sending droves of people right into the storms.
Audio and video feeds appear as if these storm chasing crews are on thrill rides at a two-bit carnival. As these feeds are broadcast, what’s to stop the local redneck from grabbing his 30 pack of Bud, jumping into his lifted 4WD, and attempting to get the same thrill? If the news media has crews driving right into these storms, what incentive is there for residents to leave as warnings are issued? This, certainly, does not set a good example for those who should be seeking safety.
What do these storm chasers accomplish? Radar technology is now able to detect the circular motion associated with tornados. Technology can perform most all tasks that used to require visual confirmation. Now, it seems the only reason the media is sending crews to chase storms is to see who can get the best film footage of homes being destroyed, utility lines being toppled, and maybe a shot of Dorothy being transported to see the Wicked Witch.
People should obey the evacuate orders and take cover warnings as they are broadcast. Whether tagged as “Storm Chaser” or an “old man from Hooterville in his Buick”... they should be cited and sent home. Instead, the media sources will continue this stupidity until one or more storm chasers are killed. Sad…..