They won. The fear mongers won.
Sunday was spent waiting for the epic storm that never arrived.
The mega-storm was predicted on Friday, with hype continuing to build through the weekend. Ridiculously good looking weather forecasters excitedly projected the storm’s path, guessed at wind speeds, and called for large hail. On all the stations, they agreed that the possibility for tornadoes was too great to ignore. It was going to be bad for the Midwest, just how bad was yet to be seen.
“Stay inside and stay tuned,” they begged and pleaded to be taken seriously.
To prove their point of fear, the forecasters flashed images of entire communities destroyed by tornadoes in previous storms and panned down to the damage done to single homes. They took live calls from the field, interviewed experts, and showed video footage from storm chasers.
“All this and more could be coming within hours,” they threatened with serious faces and perfect hair.
Meanwhile, I paced back and forth in front of the sliding glass door watching the wind blow the few remaining leaves from the trees. I expected to see a massive funnel cloud reach down from the grey sky and rip into our apartment. A few drops of rain fell and the sky looked heavy, promising more to come later.
I texted my friends and family to seek shelter and stay inside just like the fear mongers recommended. Admittedly, I felt a bit of the thrill that the forecasters must experience in spreading the word of dangerous conditions. It was empowering and also brought me dangerously close to becoming an amateur fear monger until my very calm husband said “Just relax” and patted a spot on the couch next to him.
Still, I wore my boots all day, anticipating the need to run for cover. I assumed that I would soon be exposed to the elements when the apartment roof was lifted off of the building and the rain and hail started. I kept an eye on the cat in case I needed to grab her in my frantic sprint for safety.
However, now it is nearly 10:00 pm and the forecasters have disappeared from the television without so much as an apology for terrifying the viewing public all day myself included.
The fear mongers may have gotten a day out of me, but it was not a day wasted; rather it was one well spent. I got to do the things I wanted to at home without feeling the need to leave. My husband and I snuggled on the couch and prepared for the worst, once I stopped pacing and stressing.
All this and more may not have been possible without the insistence of the fear mongering weather forecasters. So thanks for keeping us in and keeping us safe, sort of.
- What to do when severe weather, tornadoes strike (fox59.com)
- Damaging Winds, Tornados Threaten Midwest (foxbaltimore.com)
- Tornadoes, damaging storms hit Midwest (wcnc.com)
- Midwest tornadoes, winds slam towns and trucks; 3 killed in Illinois (fox59.com)