The Weather Channel took 20 seconds out of every other commercial break yesterday to brag that they'd preempted programming to talk about the weather, because we live in a world where The Weather Channel has to use advertising time to tell its viewers that it's going to talk about the weather.
After days of the storm flirting with death or development, the National Hurricane Center pulled the trigger and started issuing advisories on newly-formed Tropical Depression One off the Florida coast. The year's first tropical cyclone in the Atlantic will approach the coastal Carolinas later this week with winds approaching hurricane force.
"This is a particularly dangerous situation," says the Storm Prediction Center as a derecho is hauling eastward towards the Chicago metro area after producing 80 MPH winds across Iowa. The line should reach the Chicago metro area during rush hour, sometime between 530 and 630 Central Time this evening.
It's a simple message, and it comes from the heart: if you live in the southeastern United States, prepare a potential hit by Tropical Storm or even Hurricane Arthur later this week. Given the amount of tourists on Carolina beaches for the holiday weekend, it's probably the worst time of the year for a storm to threaten.
A gas station in Colfax, Wisconsin took a direct hit from an EF-1 tornado last Friday, and the dramatic event was caught on video by a surveillance camera directly in the path of the twister.
The Weather Channel has cancelled all scheduled programming through at least 11 o'clock this evening due to the severe weather threat today. The news here isn't the severe weather, but rather the news is that it's news that The Weather Channel is cancelling programming to talk about the weather.
Rob Lowe and his family were trying to have a normal, everyday vacation at their home in the French Riviera when the weather threw a wrench in their plans. The town of Grasse received "three months' worth of rainfall in four hours" on Wednesday according to The Weather Channel, and the resulting floods nearly washed away Lowe's home.