The weather can kill you. Be afraid, be very afraid.
Often, when “meteorologists” appear on our television screen, they have a deeply concerned look on their faces and an alarmed tone in their voices. They warn us that we may be only minutes from death.
Like many of us, I keep an eye on the weather. I pull up the radar on my computer a few times a day in those instances where rapid change or weather extremes are potentially going to develop. I do appreciate the live reports delivered on television by a “meteorologist.” (Definition? One who studies the science of the earth’s atmosphere, especially its patterns of climate and weather.) Often, however, it appears that their study has been more about drama and dress.
The statistics on weather suggest caution in our personal actions during weather events and extremes. We should all act responsibly and should not tempt fate. But outright fear of the weather is misguided. The likelihood your death being caused by heat, floods, tornadoes, rip currents, wind or cold is 0.0000144%. [Source – Accuweather. ]
By avoiding taking risks and chances, that minuscule percentage would be even lower. For example, don’t try to drive through flood water. Don’t swim in the ocean when red flag warnings of rip currents are flying. Go indoors to avoid lightning (51 deaths a year are caused by lightning).