It Hailed in Phoenix. So, Naturally, TV News Stations Freaked Out

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There's no denying that hail storms are cool...when you're in one. Reading about hail isn't quite as exciting.

That's not stopping local TV news stations from filling their Web sites with stories about hail.

As you're probably aware, it hailed today. Local TV news stations seem to think it's the apocalypse.

The top three headlines on ABC 15's Web site right now are "Now: Heavy Rain Moves into Phoenix Area," "PHOTOS! Hail Hits the Valley," and "Flooding, Fire, Hail Hits the Valley."

KPHO also found today's weather relevant enough to warrant three stories. Those headlines, each featured at the top of the page, include "Hail Piles Up in North Phoenix," "Water Puddles Develop in North Phoenix," and "Rain Storm in North Phoenix."

Just to break that down, hail, puddles and a rain storm are leading the news on KPHO right now.

It should be noted, in order to get to any non-hail-related news on either Web site, you actually have to scroll down to the bottom of the page.

Here's the Phoenix New Times official weather report for today: it's not a million fucking degrees outside, which is awesome.

Is it really that slow of a news day that some hail isn't just leading, but dominating the local news right now? Do KPHO and ABC 15 think that anyone affected by the hail doesn't already know that it hailed? Who in their right mind is bored enough to read articles about puddles and hail?

If you're reading this, you just answered our question.

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Noah's S.U.V.
Noah's S.U.V.

You have to admit a couple of things... #1. Devoting oneself to the esoteric study of meteorology is something that wins you acknowledgment from only those who share your interests. It is not an exact science since you are dealing with the caprices of Mom Nature. Why weather dudes try to forecast weather a week in advance only makes them seem inept as they are seldom right.Centuries ago, anyone in any community who could accurately predict the seasons by watching the heavens and provide a timeline for agriculture and possible future foul weather was thought to be an intellectual asset to the kingdom, and enjoyed a revered status in the king's court. Today, there is alot of competition from the video weather whores on the almighty boob-tube.#2. Arizona has the market sewn up in the category of rampant political corruption, unabated graft, elected officials who are incapable of anything but vomiting lies. But the weather here is b o r i n g. So TV whores who want to earn their 100 large yearly salary had damn well better spice up the stories with "Weather Alerts" at the top of the hour. Oh god, we're all going to die !!! So the best weather news these TV whores have ever seen is not going to be lost out on... HAIL, HAIL, and HAIL MARY !!! MY GOD, WE'RE ALL GOING TO DIE !!! Wasn't that Noah in the I-17 underpass at Greenway ???

Bubba
Bubba

Breaking news: TV news is a joke..

Chris
Chris

As an employee of KPHO I can tell you that our website got almost three times as many hits as usual yesterday. So I guess a lot of people like reading about hail, or at least looking at photos of storm damage.

MOTOR 2
MOTOR 2

Apparently you have not been here long ... I have been here since 1986 and ANY rain has been a "STOP THE PRESSES< THERE'S A 1/4 INCH PUDDLE IN OUR PARKING LOT!!" Save the women and children !! "NO, better yet, go save the dumbass who treied to drive his truk through the wash during a flashflood" So is life in the dessert. Just a thought

azkenreid
azkenreid

James must have spent the afternoon at a local bar. It's difficult to be this big of a prick unless you've had a few.

Drake
Drake

I just drove through a couple of rivers in downtown Phoenix. It felt like news to me.

BaldTflagass
BaldTflagass

I like the unique Arizona weather term "habbu." I think its Native American for dust storm.

boingo
boingo

Know what's even worse than reporting on all the hail? Reporting on the reporters that are reporting on the hail.

Slow news day indeed.

Fairymagic13
Fairymagic13

Hey, my car sustained major damage and I'm guessing 1000s of cars and property around the valley did also. I would have liked to know sooner that there was Hail on its way so I could have covered my car with some protective gear. In addition, the entire city was almost gridlocked by the downed power lines on I-17. At Indian School, east bound just before I-17, there was a tree in the road that caused a massive backup. Water was about 4 feet deep around that area and cars were dying like mosquitos at a vampire convention.

Shari Morehead
Shari Morehead

Or rather, "haboob" which is Arabic for sandstorm. ;) Even more fun than habbu, heh heh.

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