“Big Waves” Kill 9

Article here. There were kids around. Some of them saw their own parents swept out to sea.

South Korea’s weather agency had forecast there would be strong winds and high waves in the area but did not issue any advisory…

Er, did not bother, perhaps, might be a fairer description? What’s the point of having the tech and forecasting if you don’t put the word out? I mean, we even had hail advisories in my hometown, and we had hail, like, once every few years at most.

I’m not saying Korea ought to be exactly like Canada. I’m saying it would be fully doable to have systems that worked, if anyone bothered to try. Totally doable, since the tech to do climate modeling and forecasts is totally in place.

Maybe things like this would happen anyway, but I bet they’d happen less often.

Sigh.  Happy Children’s Day.

(via Brian in Jeollanamdo, a blog I’m just getting into. And not just because me mentioned me in a positive light, either; I happen to agree with a lot of what he says in that post, and what others wrote here.)

4 thoughts on ““Big Waves” Kill 9

  1. Now that’s just fsck’d up.

    Not the failure of the Korean warning, system, bad as that is.

    No, I mean the fact that apparently we see more hail in Austin, Texas, than you do in Saskatchewan. I mean, winter here lasts about fifteen days, and we typically get hail several times a year. Freaky.

    Or maybe we just get sissy-hail, stuff Canada shrugs off as routine….

  2. Hmm. Well, I might be remembering wrong, but I don’t remember seeing hail even yearly. I think I’ve only ever seen it a few times, in fact. I have heard of golfball sized hail, though, so it can be serious. But during my years in the province, I didn’t see it too many times.

    I’m shocked to hear you have hail down there that often, actually!

  3. We get the golfball sized stuff — a big hunk of hail broke the skylight in my parents’ home a few years ago. Sometimes we get it in spring thunderstorms when the temperature at ground level otherwise fairly mild.

    Guess I need to learn something about meteorology. :-/

  4. I should note — I’ve never seen golfball-sized hail — the stuff I have seen has been small, always. I’ve only ever heard of bigger.

    Now I feel like I should look it up too. :) Maybe I even will, if I find time…

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