It was supposed to be the Storm of the Century, but it never showed up.
All day Wednesday, people were talking about the severe storm systems that were coming that night aimed right at the heart of the country. It might even include a derecho, whatever that was, and “straight-line” winds and monstrous flood-causing downpours would attack us ferociously.
All through the evening, TV networks – especially The Weather Channel – screamed in nearly hysterical terms that it was time to panic. Stay inside! Get out the candles and flashlights. Charge that cellphone. Run some water in the bathtub.
And then, phhht.
Some states got the expected storms, and even parts of Indiana suffered more rain and wind than usual. But in this area, all we had were a little flooding here and there and a few homes without power for a few hours. We’d spent all day and most of the night working up an anxiety attack when there wasn’t anything to be anxious about.
And what did we talk about Thursday? All the needless preparations we made Wednesday and how foolish we were to so quickly believe. Were all those meteorologists overselling the drama a bit to make up for their failure to forecast the same kind of storms last year?
Now we can get back to normal. But, first, be warned. It’s going to rain this weekend! And there might be wind! Get ready to run to the basement and hide!