On Monday WFOR chief meteorologist David Bernard took on the subject of hurricane hype on his blog. It was spurred by a story he read on NBCMiami and which he says took a “rather flippant approach” to coverage of tropical storm Ana.
The article on NBCMiami, which appears to have been edited multiple times since being published, apparently took issue with the coverage of tropical storm Ana and how it may or may not become a hurricane. Bernard says no one forecasted Ana will even become a hurricane and paned the article for the lack of substance and information.
For his part David thinks there is no such thing as hurricane hype. Perhaps rightfully pointing out that we don’t need an active season to get hit by a big hurricane. He also points out something we often forget, South Florida is a transient region, people constantly come and go. There are many out there who who either never experienced a hurricane or if they did it was a small one, nothing on the scale of Andrew.
He also took issue with the lack of information in that article and its “laissez-faire attitude about the whole thing.”
Then at the end of his post he added this:
This is the same station that carried South Florida through Andrew when other broadcasters were unable to. The new staff at NBC6 might want to watch this video of their former colleagues Bryan Norcross, Kelly Craig and Tony Segreto to get a feel for what “hype” is all about.
What do you think? Is there such thing as hurricane hype?
As much as I hate hearing the same thing over and over I do think David Bernard makes a good point, many in South Florida have not experienced a true hurricane at all. Wilma was a small one yet it created quite the mess. We had no power for a week, there were lines for water and ice that stretched for a mile or more. The supermarkets were mostly in the dark with empty shelves. It looked like something from a disaster movie.
And of course we know that if stations did take a more relaxed approach then they’d be blamed for not doing enough.
The video of WTVJ’s award-winning Hurricane Andrew coverage after the jump