Pat Shingleton: "Lead Time..."
For the 39 years that I have been preparing and presenting weather alerts and forecasts, the inherent message is to protect life and property. The technological advances in severe weather alerts have greatly increased for the benefit of providing needed "lead time" to protect life and property. South Louisiana and most coastal communities recognize and realize the benefits of preparedness before a land falling tropical storm or hurricane. Our early Monday morning storm system unloaded on Baton Rouge resulting in damage and power outages. Our Weather Team began the alert process Sunday evening with reminders that marginal, slight and enhanced expectations of severe weather were inevitable. Statistically, the actual episodes of "identifiable" and "verified" storm episodes are one-in-ten. My personal message is the "it only takes one" scenario. A single Katrina, Gustav or Rita negates the law-of-averages and an early morning severe weather episode, lasting 94 minutes, can result in dangerous and life threatening consequences. So, I'm utilizing this space as a reminder, weather its a NOAA weather radio, the weather apps provided by WBRZ, our constant weather coverage on Cox Cable Channel 18, and WBRZ Channel 2, those platforms and we are there for you, our viewers.