Originally posted by ChiefsKing
I can see if it is a tornado. It has to be ready to touch right by my area though. A thunderstorm? That can be flashed accross the bottom. He even cut in at 7:30 to warn about a thunderstorm warning that lasted until 7:45. Yup, thats right, he came on to warn me about a thunderstorm warning that was going to be over in 15 minutes!
A "severe thunderstorm" warning doesn't mean all is well and you should be able to go back to "watchin' the Fued!" A severe thunderstorm warning is issued when a storm cell gets to the point where it's strong enough to seriously endanger people, either via wind gusts, large hail, or yes, even tornadoes. It's not indicating a regular old thunderstorm with particularly loud thunder. Severe thunderstorms could just as easily pop out a tornado as those tornado warnings, and it's important to inform people, no matter how terrible it may be for you to miss a big group singalong.
In February of 2000(or '99, I don't remember), during a HUGE outbreak of severe weather, a "severe t'storm warning" was issued for the county I reside in, a little north of Memphis. The town directly to the north of us ended up being hit by a tornado. Thankfully, all that was seriously damaged were a church, a BBQ place, and yes, a trailer park(magnets).
TV shows aren't as important as lives, and while it can get irritating once YOU'RE out of the way, it's probably more irritating being in the crosshairs and not even knowing it's coming.