The following rant is brought to you by the makers of the new anti-hysteria medication, Damitall. Ask your doctor if you are a candidate for Damitall. You may need a dose if you have been watching the weather channel lately and had your stress level escalated by all the hype and hysteria associated with Hurricane Irene.
Irene is the first significant storm of the year and the Weather Channel is making the most of it. I'm right here, aren't I? I mean, the weather channel has nothing to do most of the year, right? Warm front here, cold front there, highs, lows, rain, sun. Yawwwwnnnnnnn! But buddy let a hurricane crank up out in the atlantic and they are all over it like a fat kid on a piece of cake.
Update!!! (dramatic music) A guy in a flack jacket comes on screen. He stands in front of a bush (leaves blowing in the wind make for good footage). If there is no wind, he's not above getting one of the boys from the truck to turn on a big fan. Maybe toss a few palm fronds up in the air and let them whiz by the camera. No, I don't know that for sure, but you know they're thinking it! I mean they want it to be bad so badly!
And talk about your superlatives! They sling around shock words like confetti on New Year's Eve! It's not a category 3 storm... It's a category 3 MONSTER. And it's not "moving" across the Bahamas... it's SLASHING across the Bahamas. Their producers must grade them on how many alarming adjectives and nouns they can cram into one sentence. Like:
"This category 3 "BEHEMOTH" is "PACKING" 115 mph winds and will "SLAM" into the coast tonight, "WREAKING HAVOC" on the southeast portion of the state!! In other words, "Run for your lives! We're all going to die!"
We lived in Florida when three hurricanes came ashore in 2004. We heeded the hysteria and left town for the first two storms. Nothing happened. Never lost a shingle. So we stayed home for the third one. Lost three shingles. All I'm saying is hold your fire, weather folk. If you call 'em all "monsters" then we won't believe it when a real one comes along... like Katrina maybe.