As former Midwesterners Vic and I have always said,
"we'll take a hurricane any day over a tornado, a
fire or a flood!" Why? Well, they give them names!
That means you have days or possibly a week to
prepare before the storm hits.
So, how come the TV news people always warn us of
the coming hurricane season? You never hear them
announce the dreadful approach of the tornado season
or the coming season of fires and flooding. What
makes hurricane season so "special?
As I write this there is flooding in the Midwest and
Colorado is on fire.
Last month many people died in tornadoes in the
heartland. I don't remember the doom and gloom cable
news report that the twister season was coming and
that experts were predicting four F5 tornadoes this
But when the subject is hurricanes, the "bad news
bears" at the networks get really excited. They say
it's going to be bad; it's going to be really,
really bad. And then they show us the video of a
really bad hurricane. But, have you noticed that
it's the same hurricane video they showed us last
year and the year before that.
feel badly for the people who live in places prone
to flooding or tornadoes or earthquakes. But they
live where they live and they all know that their
regions have certain weather patterns at certain
times of the year. They just deal with it.
Yet, for some reason, hurricanes get special TV
attention before the season. Hurricanes are just two
months away. They are one month away. They're almost
here. You're going to die.
When a hurricane is threatening Florida the TV
networks send their big time anchor-person into the
path of the hurricane and usually have trouble
making the weather look as bad as they want it to
Call me a cynic but what networks are trying to do
is motivate us to stay right where we are and stay
tuned. It's a way to promote the channel and call it
news. Fear sells, of course.
Floridians know when the satellite photo shows a
cloud over Florida that under 98 percent of that
cloud everyday life goes on as normal.
The good news is, that big, rotating cloud has a
nice silver lining: Low hotel rates, low rates at
the attractions, low yacht charter rates. The "low
season" is a great time to visit Florida to see the
sights, visit the attractions, and go cruising,
fishing and sailing. Yep, hurricane season really is
And remember Hurricane Sandy last year? That storm
devastated the Northeast. In fact, more major
hurricanes have hit Long Island, New York over the
years than have hit here in Southwest Florida.
Know this: in the absence of official warnings from
the National Hurricane Center you can come to
Florida during the bargain season with the rational
assurance that the sky is not going to fall while
you are here.
Come and enjoy all that summer in Florida has to