I opened my newspaper this morning and found the headline below. Turns out, it has been in newspapers and online throughout the nation.
I can't say whether a given headline writer might have been personally "surprised" by the storms but the advance forecasts -- more than 24 hours before the first tornado touched down -- were excellent. I document just how good the forecasts were (and they were excellent) below. Just scroll down or click here.
Meteorologists, in frustration, sometimes comment to each other that the sentence, "the ___________ (fill in the type of storm) struck without warning," seems to be preprogrammed into journalists' word processors.
The fact is that modern weather science is providing life-saving and economy-boosting service to the nation every week. It would be nice if the media occasionally acknowledged that fact.
Welcome Washington Post readers. Thanks for the link, Jason! Please feel free to look around the blog while you are here. There is a tornado threat developing in Missouri and Illinois Tuesday afternoon and evening.