Please Start Using Google Image Search to Kill Fake, Viral Pictures

Dennis Mersereau · 10/26/15 04:27PM

If you scrolled through Facebook or Twitter this weekend, odds are you saw at least a dozen different pictures of Hurricane Patricia. There’s a pretty good chance at least half of them were fake or misrepresented. If you have an internet browser, you have access to a quick and easy viral image debunker. The internet will be a better place if we all start using it.

The Internet Is Making Us Forget How the Weather Works

Dennis Mersereau · 10/19/15 04:17PM

Lows plunged well below freezing last night. In October! And there’s snow. In October? Yes! That’s what happens in October. It gets cold and it starts snowing. We go through this every year, and each year the reaction just gets worse. Our relatively new connection to the world outside of our bubbles is giving us weather amnesia.

Stop Driving Through Floods, You Idiots

Dennis Mersereau · 10/05/15 02:15PM

When it became clear last week that the looming weather catastrophe wouldn’t be remembered for Hurricane Joaquin, but rather the historic flooding in the Carolinas, I knew that the internet would be plastered with videos of idiots driving through floods come Monday. Idiots came through. Don’t drive through a flood, you idiots.

Reading Stuff Will Eliminate 90 Percent of Your Stupid Questions

Dennis Mersereau · 10/06/14 03:41PM

How many times have you heard the phrase "there are no dumb questions?" People who are afraid of looking silly for asking simple questions are usually asking good questions! No, the truly stupid questions are those asked by people who are too lazy to read the answer right in front of them.

This "Stupid Motorist Law" Makes Drivers Pay for Their Flood Rescues

Dennis Mersereau · 09/08/14 02:59PM

As dependable as the sunrise, every flash flood disaster produces photos of people who drive into floods only to get stuck and need to be rescued by emergency crews. Arizona actually has a law in place that charges these less-than-bright drivers for the full cost of their rescue, plus a hefty penalty.

Evacuate: Why a Reckless TV Weatherman Will Get Someone Killed One Day

Dennis Mersereau · 06/24/14 01:51PM

In the past year, two high-profile television meteorologists have told people to evacuate from the relative safety of their homes to get out of the way of an oncoming tornado. That is the worst thing you could do, and this dangerous advice will get people killed one day.

Mocking Disaster Victims Makes You The Worst Kind of Person

Dennis Mersereau · 04/04/14 09:00AM

Disasters like tornadoes or hurricanes bring out both the best and the worst in people. After any disaster, we hear stories of heroism where people risk and even sacrifice their own lives to save those of many others. But we also see incredible displays of stupidity blasted to the masses via the internet. People who bash disaster victims as well as those who threaten meteorologists for interrupting their precious television shows are among the most selfish, uncaring kind of fools there are.

Racist Texans Lose Their Shit Over Muslim Dust Storm

Dennis Mersereau · 03/13/14 06:00PM

A couple of days ago, a large haboob — the meteorological term of Arabic origin for a sand/dust storm — raced across the panhandle of Texas and provided numerous opportunities for residents to take beautiful pictures of the wall of sand against the blue sky.