|Map of Wednesday evening's tornadoes|
So, people are acclaiming the huge leap in science that forecast represented and how people were kept out of harm’s way by cancelling after class activities and evening college courses, right? Wrong!
People are griping – even though two tornadoes occurred in the metro area – because they changed their plans and Wichita didn’thave a Joplin or Greensburg-type tornado. Let that sink in for a minute.
I understand the threat of a tornado is intimidating and worrysome. This is how I characterized the threat around noon Wednesday:
Perhaps I am off base, but this seems pretty reasonable. And, let me say it again, the forecast was correct! I imagine the people outside of Rochelle, Illinois, who are dealing with destroyed homes from yesterday evening's tornado would trade places in a heartbeat.
So, to all of those who are upset by Wednesday's forecast: Take a breath and really think this through. Then, send an email of appreciation to your favorite meteorologist!