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If you watched the 10 p.m. news on KMBC Channel 9- you'd have thought that Sedalia had been devastated.
A weather radar view of the storm producing a small- weak tornado in south Sedalia.
For a FULL 5 minutes leading their newscast- Channel 9 hyped that small- minor twister into what they saw as a major story.
I'm a weather freak- but after 2-1/2 minutes of their coverage with helicopter shots of the funnel- I went surfing for REAL news on the other channels (checking back to 9 a few times)- and those channels (4 and 41 anyway) were running other stories- saving the Sedalia minor tornado story for their weather segments.
Newscasts in this town USED to get 20 to 30-shares of viewers- anymore it's reason for a station to celebrate any double-digit share of viewers.
After watching Channel 9's coverage of an otherwise minor event from a city 50 miles away- it's not hard at all to understand why that is.
Years ago- there were times I HAD to pass other drivers on 2-lane roads in no passing zones and on hills.
Sometimes I exceeded the posted speed limit- and went around vehicles stopped at intersections- as well as other driving manuevers not recommended in any state's driving manuals.
Not only would I do these things with EXTREME CAUTION- I had red lights and sirens on whatever fire apparatus I was driving.
And in driving that fire department vehicle I was allowed- with discretion- to violate civil traffic laws while realizing that it was imperative for us to get to where we were called safely and in one piece.
I KNEW better than to try any of that in a personal vehicle- such as that day in 1977 when I was right on the heels of a deadly tornado.
Today it's becoming increasingly clear that there are storm chasers on public roadways who I guess in the name of storm chasing and/or "science-" do not have to follow those traffic laws.
Tuesday's "high risk" of severe thunderstorms and possible violent tornadoes brought hundreds of storm chasers to the plains of Central Oklahoma.
Chaser videos posted on-line since Tuesday show that a few communities dodged a bullet as none suffered a direct hit by a destructive tornado- little damage and no injuries statewide.
Chaser videos- like the one posted here- are also showing what appears to be dangerous and irresponsible operation of motor vehicles by some chasers.
Passing in no-passing zones by multiple vehicles is evident on the video- other reports from chasers say others were driving in excess of posted speed limits and failing to yield to on-coming traffic.
These "chaser convergences" are one reason I have drastically cut-back on the storm-chasing I have responsibly enjoyed since 1969.
Simply afraid of getting in a wreck with some storm-gazing driver rather than getting sucked up in a EF-4 tornado.
This irresponsible behavior is unacceptable- regardless of whatever 'scientific standing' a chaser has.
It does the scientific community absolutely no good to get themselves or someone else hurt or killed in the pursuit of knowledge of something that's already being warned for: as much as one wants to get TO a tornadic storm in a hurry- some others may be doing just the opposite.
Unfortunately- it is going to be the responsibility of the storm chasing community to police their own as law enforcement in those situations have priorities elsewhere.
Otherwise this fascinating and blood-pumping pursuit known as storm chasing will be subject to new civil laws that will restrict both the scientific and civilian community's access to this passion.
A gunman was loose in a large Metro hospital after having shot more than half a dozen people.
Police arrive and seal off the building and send SWAT teams inside to rescue those trapped and hurt.
It's all resolved by 10 p.m. local time Thursday night when the gunman on ABC-TV's 'Grey's Anatomy' shoots and kills himself.
At around the time 'Gray's' was ending- Kansas City emergency radio tones out the report of two people shot in a parking lot of the old Baptist Memorial- now Research-Brookside hospital in the 6600 block of Rockhill Road.
This shooter raced away from the scene in an undescribed vehicle and unlike the TV show- both victim's injuries were non life-threatening.
The hospital's emergency room was shut down for several hours while police investigated.
As a large area of light to moderate rain moves in from the southwestern MetroRegion- the National Weather Service (NWS) and their Storm Prediction Center (SPC) have forecasts for both a flooding and severe storm possibility.
The flooding concerns cover both Metro and MetroRegion Kansas City as the NWS has a large part of our area in flood and flash flood watches (see image).
Heavy rainfalls are expected- generally along and south of the Kansas and Missouri rivers today through early Thursday- creating or continuing the flooding conditions still existing in our area.
In extreme southern portions of the MetroRegion and over parts of southern Missouri- Kansas- as well as Arkansas and ESPECIALLY central and eastern Oklahoma are under a forecast for possible severe thunderstorms and tornadoes today.
The OK portion is in a "moderate" risk area for these severe storms and POSSIBLY "strong" tornadoes.
Any breaking severe weather watches or occurances will be reported here at CSW....
The mess left after the Liberty Memorial 'Rockfest' has some citizens in an outrage.
The rainy weekend combined with an estimated 55000 rock fans left the grounds at the Liberty Memorial in a muddy shambles.
AEG- the corporate entity that put on the show says they'll spend whatever it takes to get the ruined Liberty Memorial grounds back in shape.
Aggie Stackhaus- a KC-MO Parks and Rec commissioner- said she don't want Rockfest to return to Liberty Memorial- something about "manners" she says.
An AEG official named Joe Litvag commenting in The KANSAS CITY STAR story about the festival and the mess- had the CSW Duh! of The Month when he was quoted saying “We feel like it’s a privilege to hold this event here, not a right.”