I couldn’t believe my eyes tonight as I witnessed both our local ABC and NBC affiliates here in Charlotte allowed the weather geeks to run roughshod over the station managers and interrupted Earl, Office, Scrubs, 30 Rock, Grey’s, etc., simply because of a few severe thunderstorms.

I don’t mean to minimize the plight of the people in the storms. But when I’m inside a severe storm, the last thing I have is a TV. Either the power is out, or cable is out. Consequently, the only people who care about your First Warn Super Doppler 3000 report CAN’T EVEN SEE IT! Meanwhile, the rest of us are sitting there, without a single raindrop falling, looking at Steve Udelson’s dorky face telling us every 45 secs to seek shelter. ITS A TORNADO, STEVE! THEY KNOW THAT! For two solid hours tonight, one station kept repeating the same information over and over and over every 3 minutes.

The problem is that weather geeks have gone too far. The stations spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on massive radar and computer systems, and feel they have to justify the expense by interrupting regular programming every time it starts raining.

The last time they did something like this, our local CBS affiliate interrupted the broadcast of the ACC basketball tournament this year because we got a 1/2 inch of rain in an hour. Yea. They’re still sorting through the hate mail from that one. So wisely, tonight, the CBS affiliate learned their lesson and showed the normal programming, but showed a crawl across the bottom of the screen, and the weather guy was only on during commercials.

So, bravo to WBTV (CBS). WCNC (NBC) and WSOC (ABC), I hope your weather geeks guys go stand on top of your radar towers the next time a storm hits, and do us all a favor.

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