The Whether Channel

Meteorology is a science, just like anatomy, physics or astronomy. There are highly sophisticated equipment and highly educated people involved in predicting the weather. The watching of these professionals has become something of a national pastime. Indeed, there is an entire television network devoted to tracking, explaining and predicting weather patterns and events. Certain announcers and reporters on this network have become stars in their own right. You see them, wearing high-end rain gear standing in a tropical storm with palm trees bending over at 90 degree angles. Or wearing high-end polar parkas standing in a blinding snowstorm with the background whited out by the blizzard. Or wearing high-end safari gear standing up to their knees in a dusty gully with sand blowing, obliterating the sun.

Who are these heroes who risk life and limb to let us know what’s going on outside? What brave souls expose themselves to fire, torrential rains, ferocious winds and all kinds of dangerous phenomena just so we can call in to work and go back to bed! And why is it that when we look out our own window, the sun is shining, the birds are singing and we know we have to get dressed and trudge off to work? Could all their Dopplers, computers, charts and graphs have been wrong? Can those masses of pretty colors on their maps be from their kid’s finger-painting class and not mean the end of civilization as we know it? Are flying frogs really coming?!

Okay, I exaggerate. But when someone calls Camellia Cottage and wants to know our cancellation policy because they see that a storm is forming over the coast of Africa, we have to wonder about the power of entertainment in science. We are located in North Carolina, a long way from Africa, and you can call us to check on local weather conditions anytime. If we’re evacuated (and it has never happened!), you’re welcome to come with us. And, by the way, our cancellation policy is one week.

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