Q: Storms don?t roll through town on a 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. schedule. When can we expect your meteorologists to be on duty?
A: A majority of severe storms occur between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m. For a television meteorologist, that?s part of the normal working day. Here on the High Plains, we also experience late-night thunder as storms roll in off the Rocky Mountains. We pledge to have someone on duty 24-hours a day, seven days per week, when severe storms threaten our area.
Q: Why do your bulletins always have to air during our favorite programs?
A: Storms don?t know when the best shows are on television. A severe storm rolling across the Plains could care less if our stations are running ?American Idol,? ?The Office,? or color bars. Unfortunately, the majority of severe weather happens when television stations have their most viewers. It gives the appearance that we?re always cutting into someone?s favorite program. That?s why we pledge to interrupt programming only when it is absolutely necessary to protect life and property.
Q: I understand why you have to cut-in, but do I have to miss all of my favorite program because of the weather?
A: Not always! Every time a severe weather outbreak is expected, we look at the programming on all three of our stations (KAMR, KCIT, and KCPN). We decide which station has the most popular programming that night and put that station in a ?delay? mode. That means if we have to interrupt programming on that station we will resume that station?s programming exactly where it left off. We have the capability to do this for one station at a time. This is a pledge that no other station in the Amarillo area has taken.
Q: Why does it seem like you sometimes stay on the air for a long time, repeating the same thing over and over?
A: The simple answer is that every tornado must be t