Pat Shingleton: "Rough Stuff..."
Over these 40 years of weather and weather presentations, the absolute message is providing lead time to our viewers, listeners and readers to protect life and property. About a week ago, we experienced another round of rough weather as we were placed under an "enhanced" risk of severe weather. Two parishes experienced tornado warnings with storm warnings in seven parishes. Closer to the Noon hour we will experience the same scenario. The National Weather Service in conjunction with the Severe Storms Prediction Center initiates the risks based upon developing storm situations. An "enhanced" risk is somewhat common for our area, however, as identified on our presentation at Noon, 4,5,6 and 10 yesterday, we haven't experienced a "moderate" risk since Christmas Day, 2002. On that day there were three hail episodes, 112 reports of winds in excess of 30 miles-per-hour and 60 tornado identifications. Tree damage was extensive in Centreville, Mississippi, and in Grosse Tete, St. Francisville and Zachary. With the timing of the squall line hitting us from Noon until 4:00 PM,, it's understandable that having school buses on the roads suggests a dangerous weather situation. It is my understanding that school representatives make those determinations from the National Weather Service in Slidell. Meteorologists Robert Gauthreaux and Josh Eachus developed a suggestive process that reflects on the first sentence of this column, "protecting life and property." It's referred to as "Get 'n Share." As you receive or "get" the needed information on WBRZ, Channel 2, Cox Cable Channel 18 and our weather aps, it's important to "share" the information with those that don't... examples include not only the elderly but those not acclimated to various social media designs. We will monitor this weather situation from Channel 2 Weather before during and after the Noon hour and on our 4,5,6, and 10 pm weather presentations.