Yesterday was another rough weather day in Alabama, and it’s only the end of March. We still have April and the beginning of May to go.
Did you ever see the movie, Napoleon Dynamite?
A friend of mine once said of that movie, “Well, that’s two hours of my life I can’t get back,” but I found it amusing. I’m from the midwest, so it kind of resonated.
This post isn’t about the movie, but that film did give me a quote that I use often. It’s kind of sing-songy, and I don’t remember the tune, but it goes like this: “I love technology.”
Sometime yesterday afternoon, after the second round of storms (second of three) moved through the state, a friend of mine decided it was time to post to Facebook. She wrote something along the lines of, “What did people do before the news media was here to sensationalize the weather? It’s just a thunderstorm, and I love listening to the rain.”
I can’t be sure of her quote, because she took it down an hour or so after posting it. My guess is she saw pictures of the flood damage to her town, but I don’t know that for sure.
I’m not sharing that story to put her down, because I do think the media gets a little (okay, sometimes a lot) carried away with their weather coverage. I’m sharing it because it brought to mind how much I love the technology that allows them to do so. I’m so appreciative that our meteorologists can say, within a few miles, where tragedy is about to strike. I do not doubt that lives are saved by that ability each and every storm.
Parts of my state are starting to rebuild today. Tornadoes are a part of life here (as they are in a huge part of the rest of the country), and we will move on. I’m thankful it wasn’t worse.