For the next week and beyond, the TV/Radio weather people here in the Bay Area tell us there's no sign of rain. They all sound pretty sure on that--or in weather talk: "the models say we will have little or no precipitation in the next ten days."
I believe them.
Which begs the question: why do we need weather reports this week? Sure, one is necessary but the usual onslaught-- the five or so teases that routinely appear and can be heard on the airwaves, seems so unnecessary and quite frankly, a waste of time.
The East coast is having a terrible winter. New England is buried with snow and a huge blizzard is expected yet again. Bostonians can't navigate part of the city and everyone is miserable. There's so much snow and hardly anywhere to get rid of it that they've had to dump it into the ocean. That's extreme. That's weather! And the major news there is THE WEATHER! because they have an actual weather event worth broadcasting. Thus, extra coverage is both warranted and expected.
Here, I cannot believe how much time --wasteful time to be precise --we spend on watching and hearing the same old story. No rain. Plenty of sunny days. Some valley fog. We're in a drought now and it's evident that Mother Nature is having a West Coast period. Instead of repeating the SAME OLD news that no rain is in the forecast, why not send the mobile weather lab into high gear--maybe time for the weather guys to get out into the field, get some fresh air and ask the experts what gives? Am I being so radical here? I don't think so.
Part of this involves the fact that we're so used to banal, endless, repetitious weather reports that even the slightest change sends shivers up our spine. Think of the time spent on telling the viewers that we don't see any rain in the forecast for the foreseeable future--blah, blah, blah and we'll talk to you, again, at 11. For what? To tease that "long-range computer models" hint of the jet stream moving away in early March. Hallelujah!
I'm not advocating the disappearance of weather people on TV and radio. They are needed. If there's no weather people the Bay Area would cease to exist. I'm kidding of course but you get my drift. Like the snow drifts in the East where they're buried under snow and about to get pelted once again.
I rest my case.