Sound the Alarm! Hurricane Season is Here!

Yesterday was June 1st and in my part of the world, the day is marked with much hand wringing and pleas to “be prepared”.  In other words, the first day of Hurricane Season. Time to stock up on water, canned goods, batteries and the like.

It’s also the time of year when reporters become absolutely giddy with excitement at the prospect of wall-to-wall news coverage and a chance to show the viewers how committed they are to bringing you the story.  I’m talking about the annual ritual sacrifice of the poor hapless reporter who gets to stand out in the storm and tell us how hard the wind is blowing. I’m not sure when this practice started. Our local station WSVN Channel 7 may not have been the first to do it, but they perfected the art of standing in the howling wind, rain coming down like sheets, and pretending that all that drama really helps anyone.  Since then every news station (including the national ones) have gotten into the act.

Here are some awesome examples of stupidity…

Joe Scarborough of MSNBC doing his level best to get blown away. What makes this awesom is that it’s shot by another camera, not his “on-camera” one so you can barely hear him. Although you can catch that the wind is blowing 108 mph, which should be his first clue to go inside.

Reporter getting blown over during Hurricane Ike & is saved only by the quick action of a hearty shrub.

Look at this fool on a deck right over the waves during Hurricane Ike.

Never one to stay out of trouble, Geraldo Rivera of Fox News getting dumped on his keister during Hurricane Ike. Even acknowledges that this will wind up on youtube later.

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17 responses to “Sound the Alarm! Hurricane Season is Here!

  1. New people are special- I’ve never lived some where with hurricanes, I don’t know if I could handle it.
    Alica

  2. Oh my goodness! Not only is that dangerous, but I wonder where these people’s brains are? Do we really need to watch him slogging through the bushes trying to regain his balance? And the other guy almost getting washed out to sea? That is all not necessary! WOW.
    Patti

  3. Thanks for the reminder. I usually stock up on a few flats of bottled water and other staples. After Ike (and losing the contents of a chest freezer) we bought a generator. If we get another biggie, though, times will be tough.

  4. The need for sensationalism is greater than the need for self preservation, apparently. Maybe when America witnesses a death on live coverage they’ll rethink their journalization techniques…or not. The ratings probably outweigh the significance of a human life. Great stuff. Personally, I’m into the volleyball game!

  5. I agree. We get it. The wind is blowing. The rain is pounding down. Now come inside and try to at least appear normal.

  6. I could never be a storm chaser 🙂

  7. Donna Coe-Velleman

    I never understood why they do that. Stay inside where it’s safe and point the camera out the window. The audience will get the idea especially if they’ve lived through one. Jeez!

  8. So true.
    One of these days, one of the reporters is going to get blown off their feet and then they’ll play that to death.

    Nice blog.

  9. Yeah. Just wrong. Those guys were lucky they didn’t get hurt. So, off we go with another hurricane season. Hold on to our hats!! –Great blog, KW!!

  10. Great blog, Kristin, lolol – and thanks for reminder!

  11. This was the funniest post I’ve seen in a long time. Loved it.

    These weather guys are like little kids who were never allowed to jump in puddles even while wearing galoshes. They’re doing all their foul-weather playing now. As bad as we know it’s going to end, it’s just so hard not to… wait for it. Hoping. lol. I can’t imagine what that says about me. You’re line about the reporter being saved by the quick action of a hearty shrub still has me laughing aloud.

    Great post. Such fun. But please… do stay safe, warm and dry this hurricane season.

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