Disclaimer: This is meant to be fun, and not meant to poke fun at the serious nature of severe weather in our state. As always, stay vigilant and safe this season.
Oh, man — tornado season is here, and as much as we all might love the fine state of Oklahoma, we can all agree we could do without the twisters.
As we gear up to take precautions and make sure we’re ready for what the springtime has in store for us, we’ll run into a handful of people who have unique reactions to the season and the severe weather it can bring.
5. The storm chaser
We all know these kinds of people: They get a thrill out of hunting storms, and sometimes they spend a lot of money on equipment that helps them stay informed and safe while they set out on their quests.
But, in a way, they’re like the dog in “Up,” in that they will completely drop everything and anything they’re doing if there’s a storm coming.
Call them brave, call them reckless: The honest truth is everyone, including the scientific community, benefits from what they do. They’re often some of the closest eyes and ears to the activity, so the information they relay back to meteorologists and citizens is invaluable.
Take Reed Timmer, for example. He’s an OU graduate student who has spent a majority of his adult life chasing storms of all kind, all so we can learn more about them. He chased the May 3, 1999, storms that pretty much leveled Moore, Okla. He chased Katrina. He chased Sandy. He’ll be the first to admit, at times, he’s been reckless, but that he’s learned from his mistakes and improves his tactics as a result.
Timmer, however, doesn’t call himself an expert at anything. Not yet, at least, as he leaves that to, well, actual experts.
And you know where this is headed: We all know people who claim to be…
4. The “weather expert”
Oy, the “weather expert.” It’s that person who has a weather radio, some apps and a TV, and they think they know it all. They basically regurgitate what they read and hear elsewhere, and try to pass it off as something they’ve deduced with their amateur sleuth-like skills.
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