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There is, I've found, no bad mood of mine that cannot be solved by watching this piece of hurricane coverage.

Just THINKING of this clip makes me belly laugh — SNORT, even. But folks, this is not the only piece of weather reporting that can make your own gray clouds disappear. Hurricane Gustav — which thankfully didn't match expectations — afforded laughs aplenty.

So — why does weather journalism have to happen outside? It seems like hypocrisy to have these people with nothing but their CNN windbreakers between them and disaster — railing about how dangerous it is for viewers to venture outside. Paul Farhi commented on the irony in the Post's Style section yesterday — and we've got a special guest (hint: he rhymes with that's AMORE) to tell us what's it like to stand up during a hurricane standup. All in all — I love these reporters — they blow nicely (so to speak).

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Oh dear. Dave Barry wrote a book in which a running joke throughout was the "reporter in the storm" motif. As I remember it, they were the only casualties in the story. Every time I see those reporters out there, in the elements, telling everyone to "stay inside and be safe," I think of that book and laugh out loud.

Sent by Anita Kehr | 3:40 PM | 9-3-2008

The reporters in Denver either go out to the eastern plains to get the blizzard sweeping the vacant highway or they go to the top of "Floyd Hill" off of I70 to see all of the semi's careening over the road.

Sent by tina | 3:48 PM | 9-3-2008

I have always wondered how the camera person filming the "brave" reporters stay perfectly still?
I personally do not like it when the reporters become the story, when the storm and the possible dangers are much more important.

Sent by Matthew | 3:49 PM | 9-3-2008

in Phoenix it's 7th ave. & Thomas rd. where there is a big time and temperature clock and the reporter can be seen with 115 in the background.

Sent by James Eastwood | 3:51 PM | 9-3-2008

Our local reporters are usually smart enough to do the bad weather shots right in front of the stations! But hearing this reminded me of the movie "The Day After Tomorrow," which had a great scene where a TV reporter is reporting on a series of tornados ripping LA apart, and gets taken out by a flying billboard as he is warning viewers how dangerous it is!

Sent by Jerry Cordaro, Cleveland OH | 3:56 PM | 9-3-2008

It's not as funny as you tried to make the peice sound. Please remember that while people are watching these reporters there is a segment of folks that rush out to try it for themselves. Often, people are hurt. Also, while the town is evacuated and the populace is reletively safe, an influx of reporters, journalists and thrill-seekers mean the emergency services providers must continue to stand their watch and respond to foolish risk-takers rather than remain safe and assured they will see their families after the threat has passed.

Sent by Captain Lee Price, Cortland Fire Department | 3:58 PM | 9-3-2008

The NPR reporter on Monday on the RADIO was explaining that he was standing on the levee that was, so far, still intact. I wanted to yell at him to get off of there and go inside! Was his mother listening?

Sent by Karen Kaler | 4:04 PM | 9-3-2008

It also seems like hypocrisy to me to be told over and over again by the same reporters that the levees are working when in fact they were barely adequate. Just a mere one foot or so higher in storm surge would've brought N.O. to its knees, aka Katrina style.

Is the press now imbedded with the army corps of engineers?

Sent by adrift | 6:55 PM | 9-3-2008

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