Well, gee, just a few days after WOWT-channel 6's Stanley Cup hailstorm fiasco, channel 6's "weather" coverage became even more impossible to understand. On Thursday night, while KMTV-Channel 3 and KETV-Channel 7 were tracking tornadoes as they passed southeast of Omaha, WOWT couldn't bear themselves to break into "Last Comic Standing."
So let me get this straight... Bill Bellamy is more important than the Stanley Cup?
Then this morning, I awoke to sound of wind and rain blowing in my bedroom window. After quickly getting the windows closed, I clicked on the TV to see what was up, and found only KETV-channel 7 on the air...and their on-screen radar showed one of those rotating thingys about a mile from my house. Then suddenly, KETV's Chuck McWilliams announced the tornado warning, sending me upstairs to fetch my wife and daughter. As I went up the stairs, the sirens began to sound, and we descended to the basement to wait out the storm.
Once downstairs, we fired up the big screen and started watching storm coverage...with KETV-7 being the only station on the air, letting me know details of a damage path that ended within a few blocks of my parents' house. KMTV finally broke into programming about a half-hour late, while it took nearly a full hour for WOWT to break into programming.
Fortunately, the damage at my parents' house was limited to tree damage, knocking out the power. I got to spend my afternoon helping dig out my parents neighborhood from tree limbs, as well as salvage what food could be saved from the refrigerator. They got off lucky...several people lost their homes. And fortunately, nobody appears to have been injured from these storms.
But now that the tree limbs are out at the curb, the question needs to be asked... WTF was up with pre-empting Stanley Cup coverage (then showing useless split screen coverage of a hailstorm), then forgoing any coverage of tornadoes during "Last Comic Standing" or old westerns in the middle of the night?