DAVE - THESE METEOROLOGISTS ARE THE ONES WHO MAKE
THE CALLS TO ISSUE WATCHES AND WARNINGS.
ERIC AND MICHELLE - THEY DO AND THEY TAKE THAT MISSION
INSIDE THE OPERATIONS CENTER - THIS WEEK HAS BEEN
ALL ABOUT MAKING DECISIONS THAT ARE LITERALLY ABOUT
LIFE AND DEATH.
i think everyone felt that eventually things were
going to change and they did.
UP UNTIL THIS WEEK.
we've had quiet weather
THAT ALL CHANGED MONDAY NIGHT.
and it hit with a fury.
AS A SERIES OF SIX TORNADOES TORE THROUGH WISCONSIN
- BUCKLE UP - YOU'RE IN THE WAR ROOM OF THE NATIONAL
everyone knows that what we do is life and death and
we need to get the warnings out because that is what
gets the ball rolling for people to take action.
THIS WEEK - AS ONE STORM AFTER ANOTHER TAKES AIM.
and there's a severe thunderstorm through there and
it shows the polygram headed right toward madison.
THE AIM OF THESE METEOROLOGISTS IS TO SIMPLE - TO
oh, absolutely there's no quetion abut taht.
we know our number one responsibility is to issue
warnings and to protect life and property so that
gets to the core of our mission.
WHILE THEY MAY BE MILES AWAY FROM THE STORM - THROUGH
A RADAR SCREEN- CONCERN AND THEIR ADRENELINE RISES.
everything gets ratcheted up.
it is more hectic.
there's just more to do and now too a real portion
is social media.
AND WHEN ONE STORM PASSES - THEY ARE THE ONES WATCHING
FOR THE NEXT.
WAITING - WATCHING - READY TO ISSUE WARNING.
without that lives would be at stake.
KNOWING TOMORROW MAY BRING MORE OF THE SAME.
HOW THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WARNS THE COMMUNITY
HAS CHANGED OVER THE YEARS.
SOCIAL MEDIA HAS DRAMATICALLY INCREASED THEIR REACH
BUT THEY EMPHASIS THE WEATHER RADIOS ARE THE MOST
EFFECTIVE WAY TO WARN PEOPLE.
ERIC AND MICHELLE - THEY EQUATE THE WEATHER RADIO
TO A SMOKE OR CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTOR IN YOUR HOME.