Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Hurricane Dolly

I came in to work today and changed the settings on StormTRACK Doppler 8 in order to scan through Hurricane Dolly. It's amazing to see the 3D structure of the storm. With our Xvision, you can see the eyewall structure, subsidence within the eye itself, and intense rain bands associated with the storm.

One thing I miss about WSFA in Alabama is the excitement that surrounded the coverage of a hurricane. The buildup usually started about 5 days out. Meetings, planning, apprehension over the forecast. Each piece of data that came in was looked over with a fine tooth comb. Any change would need to be passed on to the rest of the newsroom.

The media has a huge responsibility when a hurricane threatens. Viewers need a timeline, an accurate forecast, information about evacuation routes, and up to the minute coverage of the impacts.

I covered Hurricane Dennis, Katrina, and Ivan. By far, Ivan was the bad boy to Alabama. I will always remember that one!

Have a great night and keep the folks in the path of Dolly in your thoughts and prayers. This could be a long hurricane season.


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