Wednesday, August 26, 2009


There was no doubt that last week’s Hurricane Bill could potentially affect Cape Cod, but why, oh why, do the network media make such complete fools of themselves when it comes to weather speculation? Last Thursday evening, having retrieved the kayaks from the yacht club, packed most belongings and said au revoir to the Pamet River, I was sipping wine at the house when what was surely the worst piece of weather reporting appeared on ABC News. A reporter was standing on Chatham Beach using phrases such as: “They are on alert and trying to keep people out of the water.” Er. No. They were not. “The water is really churning.” Again, no. It was not. And the best part? It was eighty degrees that afternoon with high humidity, and this jeune fille (one assumes for effect) had chosen to wear a yellow slicker!

Cut to footage of Hurricane Bill’s waves off Bermuda, and then a piece of vintage film of Hurricane Bob hitting the Cape in 1991. I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry.

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