My turn

TV weather reports sometimes state the obvious

2014-01-16T00:00:00Z TV weather reports sometimes state the obviousGeorge Grenchik Times Columnist
January 16, 2014 12:00 am  • 

Well, it’s gotten cold again.

But it’s not what I call stupid cold like what we had a week and a half ago that shut most everything down. That was pretty brutal.

I had to travel on the Monday of the polar vortex (we all learn new phrases now and then). And for an unfortunate reason, namely a funeral. And on the Tuesday it was off to Midway Airport to get my son on his flight back to New Mexico — two cancellations, but the third time was a charm. He tells me that when he got there he was amused as folks were complaining about it being cold. It was in the 40s.

We all survived though not without some travail. The notable and sad exception being the three children who lost their lives in the Hammond fire that apparently was caused by circumstances trying to heat a home against the terrible cold. A massively sad situation.

In all that cold and snow however, where would we be without the help of our intrepid TV weather reporters?

There were such great insights shared by them with us. Here are some I found particularly enlightening:

- It’s really cold outside.

- You should put on warm clothing if you go outside.

- There is a lot of snow outside.

- When the wind blows, the snow piles up in drifts.

- When the wind blows it feels colder.

- Ice is slippery.

- It’s harder to drive when roads are icy.

Pretty good advice, no? I wrote a lot of them down for future reference. Maybe you’d like to also.

End of sarcasm.

Can anyone please tell me why the TV people say and do such inane things to show us it’s cold and/or snowy? Do they assume we’ve never been outside before? Why do you tell us about the danger of frostbite while your standing out in sub zero weather often hatless? If you announced that it’s snowing outside from inside the studio, do you think we wouldn’t believe you? Can we get at least one credit hour toward a degree in meteorology by listening to Tom Skilling?

I feel better now.


I was out on Jan. 5 — that was the day of the blizzard and the cold — to see if the streak would continue.

The streak would be the St. Victor Community Meal. Every Sunday for 27 years without a miss, a meal has been served to those who need it on Sundays in St. Victor rector hall. Our recent frightful weather didn’t break that streak.

Props to Alderman/state Rep. Thaddeus Jones’ group for being there to host the meal. And a shout out to Norma Lessner and her core of helpers who organize and coordinate the endeavor.

All things considered, I believe the public works folks did a pretty decent job keeping Calumet City moving during our polar period.

Some people complain, but if we had streets and alleys cleaned as fast as some would like, we’d be paying taxes that would make Barrington's tax bill look like a bargain.

Congrats to T.F. North coach Tim Bankston and his team for the success of the Coaches vs. Cancer basketball tournament held at the high school last weekend. Some great basketball was played and money was raised for a great cause.

I note the passing of Ray Scoleri whose six kids I taught. He was a great father, coach, ref, and all around community- and church-orientated man. Peace to the family.

On Jan. 25 Ed Vockell and I will be hosting our periodic Trivia Nite Out at St. Victor church hall at 7:30 p.m. Bring snacks, buy beverages from us, have your brain tested. We always have a good time. Contact me for details.

Thanks for reading.

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