Compare and contrast.
The current “tropical storm” (Erika) at the NOAA National Hurricane website is almost putting the forecasters to sleep.
Even their Cone of Death is the “lite” version:
Yawn. Nothing but “S.” Not even an “H.”
But over at the WEATHER CHANNEL, you’ve got your breathless banner graphic and “wow that’s news” headline, your heavy use of RED, and a full-on panic boiling already. And get this, the storm “could change.” Plant the seeds of fear, use the weasel-wording, no one will notice. A storm! And it … could change??? God I’m glad I found you when I did, Weather Channel.
Note the hurricane symbol floating up there over the panhandle. It’s about half the size of the entire state of Florida. Not that this “means” anything, certainly not. A graphic artist did this. “I will place the hurricane symbol on the panhandle! Never mind that nothing anywhere in any of the forecasts so much as mentions the panhandle. It’s artistic license, er I mean reporting, er I mean artistic license.”
It’s totally an accident that the big red hurricane symbol half the size of the state of Florida is looking like it wants to chop right into New Orleans like a dado blade. Why, that would be emotional-subliminal manipulation.
And it is also totally an accident that the state of Florida looks like a cheap TOMBSTONE.
Now let’s look at the Weather Channel’s Cone of Death.
See how the NOAA’s Cone of Death is boring white? Bleh. It’s nothing compared to the all red bloodbath of the Weather Channel’s Cone of Death.
And the NOAA’s Cone of Death shows the little “S” markings along the way, so you know the strength all along the dotted path. Whereas The Weather Channel’s Cone of Death says, “Nah, no markings for S or H, on the dots, this is one big bloody unnamed death rag swath of horror and obliteration across the entire state of Florida. With the green centipede of terror pushing from behind.”
So by Monday, we could all be dead.
Or we could all be dealing with …
Since I posted, the NOAA has a 5PM update with a new Cone of Death that looks even wimpier than the 2PM Cone of Death. Sorry Weather Channel. But things “COULD CHANGE.”