“Cooking” up some weather
Every weekday morning at 9:15 we have a newsroom meeting. In the meeting, the reports, producers, and news directors share news story ideas and set up the plan for the day. I usually make an appearance to share the daily forecast and make sure everyone is on the same page with what is happening and what could happen later that day.
This morning, I was talking about our chances for storms again today and I used an analogy that everyone seemed to enjoy so I figured I’d share. The meeting went a bit like this…
We have another chance for showers and storms today. Conditions are very similar to yesterday.
Question: So does that mean an exact repeat of the storms from yesterday afternoon?
Well… It’s sort of like baking a cake… (a few giggles bounce around the room). Just because you went to the grocery store and brought home all of the ingredients it doesn’t mean you instantly get a cake. All of the ingredients have to be put together in an exact way to get the perfect result.
Weather is the same way… To get thunderstorms you look for ingredients like heat, humidity, instability, and a trigger. Yesterday we had all of the ingredients and they came together in the form of severe thunderstorms with heavy downpours and lots of lightning. Today we have the same ingredients but if they are not “mixed” correctly we wont get the same “cake” we had yesterday.
Hopefully this gives you a bit of a unique look at how these “summer-like” storms work and a little look into a day at WTKR.