Sunny and 72 for now. We're expecting some strong storms this afternoon. Now, I don't know about where everyone else lives, but there's something that's bugging me. This past Thursday, we had some storms before dawn, another round about 2 PM, and then some really strong storms at about 6 PM. The last round was apparently severe.
I say apparently severe because no human ever spotted a tornado. No human spotted a funnel cloud. However, our severe weather siren went off four times. Those sirens used to go off when severe weather was a reality; a tornado was on the ground.
Nowadays, we have two local television stations that basically use weather to one-up each other concerning their various Doppler and who-knows-what-else radar systems. They both want to be the first to report severe weather as they use the bragging rights in their next promotional commercials.
It seems our sirens no longer need human confirmation, or even the nearest National Weather Service station to declare severe weather; it's now up to a duo of our dueling weathermen. The situation is so pathetic that last year, upon getting out of my car on a nice sunny day, the sirens suddenly screamed because of a storm system in a county well to our east (our weather moves west to east, so this system was well past us - AND NOT EVEN IN OUR VICINITY!!!). I find myself listening to the sirens (which are sounding much more often than in times past) with an increasingly deaf ear.