So what happened today? We had the pieces in place, but the storms didn't do what we expected. If you're not a meteorologist or a really, really big weather nerd, it's hard to understand how a collection of some of the greatest weather minds on the planet here in Huntsville with VORTEX-SE and UAH collaborating with another big group of weather brains at the Storm Prediction Center could be so wrong. They weren't totally wrong. No one lied. It just didn't play out like we expected. I'm not going to give you a bunch of platitudes about it could have been worse.. We all know that. April 27, 2011 was a benchmark, generational event that shapes how we view severe weather now. The odds of that happening again in the next decade or two? Slim to none. It *could* happen, but it probably won't. This was never forecast to be an April 27th-like event by any credible source. Schools, business, and government agencies closing and a "State of Emergency" amplified the threat far more than what I could say or do on TV. We weren't right; we weren't totally wrong, either. Most days, the forecast is pretty good. Some days it's great. Occasionally one is missed completely. This one underperformed, but we did end up with thunderstorms producing some large hail. That was the one thing we were very confident about. So, that's where we are tonight. It's getting colder. Get your coats ready, go to work/school on Thursday, and enjoy the fact that tornadoes didn't destroy someone's life in North Alabama on Wednesday.
It hit me tonight during our coverage of the Mt. Zion bus crash that took Sarah Harmening's life how incredible her testimony really is. I say "is" and not "was" because it is still going strong. She wasn't famous. She didn't have a big platform in life, but she has likely reached hundreds of thousands if not millions of people with her final written words of faith, love and joy. Sarah may have changed many more lives in her death than she ever would have in Botswana. I for one am thankful the Harmening family let her light shine one last, impactful time. Our righteousness is as filthy rags. Mine isn't even that good, but wow, what an example for Christian life.