Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Some People Just Don't Appreciate My Storm Advice

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Some People Just Don't Appreciate My Storm Advice

Article excerpt

THREE times in as many weeks now I have been the boy who cried wolf because I made the mistake of watching the radar instead of looking out the window.

I have been an avid storm watcher as long as I can remember, but the art of storm watching has been aided significantly in recent years by the availability of fairly up-to-date radar images on the home or office 'poota.

The days of sitting out on the balcony with a cold drink and watching the storms blow in are over for me -- replaced by the obsessive checking of the Bureau of Meteorology's radar as the clouds build up behind the range and shuffle towards the sea.

It's a strange habit I know, but I have always felt a sense of excitement wondering if those dirty dark patches are heading our way and, if so, what will happen when they do?

The main difference between the old method of storm watching -- that is, to look out the window -- and the new, is that with the help of the radar you can see the storms coming much earlier now. …

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