Storm tracker Jim Cantore was once told that people feel safer when The Weather Channel is in town. So the folks in Picher can take comfort in knowing that Cantore and a crew from The Weather Channel (66 on Cox Cable, 214 on Dish Network, 362 on DirecTV) will be in town Thursday and Friday.
They will be doing live reports from Picher during The Weather Channel’s Tornado Week programming event. Cantore’s "Storm Stories” series will also kick off its fourth season with a week’s worth of new episodes airing at 7 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. He hosts the show that uses first-person accounts and archived footage to present the tales of ordinary people caught in extraordinary circumstances. "I was in Picher last year, and everybody we ran into lost everything,” said Cantore, who is also an on-camera meteorologist for The Weather Channel. "Here we are with these people, everything is in total disarray, and they want to talk to The Weather Channel. They go, ‘this is the channel that tried to save me and help me, and now I want to tell them my story.’ "That’s a great feeling and, in a way, I think it helps them heal.” In addition to seeing how Picher is doing a year after the tornado devastation, Cantore would like to visit Mickey Mantle’s childhood home in nearby Commerce.