Regarding “Using time wisely is key as tornadoes approach” (Our Views, July 28): It's nice to hear that attention is being paid at the national level to the way severe weather information is being provided. I understand that the National Weather Service has certain criteria that it uses to determine severe weather, despite the fact that much of what's viewed as being severe in most parts of the country is considered routine in Oklahoma. Over the years I've learned to change the channel away from one local station if there's any type of severe weather within 300 miles of Oklahoma City. The last thing we need during spring storms is a weatherman who's always in panic mode. Thunderstorms with small hail aren't at the same level as storms with tornado implications.
I will miss Gary England when he retires. He always managed to remain calm regardless of the situation. On May 3, 1999, when I heard Gary's tone change and he advised that we take shelter, I had no doubt that we had a problem and the sky was indeed falling. Severe weather in this part of the country is way too serious for sensationalism.
James Mitchell, Oklahoma City
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