It was a busy afternoon at work. The Storm Prediction Center issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch a little after 1:00 PM. They weren’t kidding.
As the afternoon progressed and the storms moved in, the watch turned into a series of warnings. At one point I decided it was futile to separate them and just told everyone to get inside and wait the weather out.
You know the old phrase, “It never rains, it pours?” That is so true with my work. The workload on a day like this increases exponentially. There’s so much information coming out, I don’t think viewers can absorb it all. So, you simplify a little in order to make points everyone will understand.
My friend Peter had it worse than me. He was scheduled to leave Philadelphia tonight, heading to France. In order to upgrade and get a larger seat, he was flying Philadelphia – Washington – Frankfurt – Nice. Ouch!
On his way to Philadelphia International he got a call telling him his flight to IAD was canceled!
He had hired a car to drive him to the airport which then turned south, heading to the Washington suburbs. I don’t want to think about how much this drive will cost – this is a very long trip. There’s not a chance United will absorb any of his cost.
We spoke a few minutes ago as he approached the terminal. He’ll make the flight, but this is going to be a very long night for him.
Meanwhile, here in Connecticut, the severe weather has moved on – thankfully.