Sunday, April 05, 2020
TKC SUNDAY SPECIAL!!! KANSAS CITY WEATHER DUDE MIKE THOMPSON EXPLAINS COMPUTER MODELING AND COVID-19 FORECASTING SKEPTICISM!!!
Under the radar and unchallenged by local media, a legendary Kansas City weatherman and JoCo politico offers insight on dire forecasts regarding the coronavirus.
To wit . . .
KANSAS CITY WEATHERMAN LEGEND MIKE THOMPSON SHARES INSIGHT ON CORONAVIRUS PREDICTIONS BY WAY OF WEATHER SCIENCE MODELING!!!
To be fair, unlike his skeptical stance on global climate change, his position has "evolved" as the crackdowns have grown more serious.
At the outset of the coronavirus crisis he attacked Kansas Guv Kelly on her precautions . . . Checkit:
"Freshman state Sen. Mike Thompson adapted his philosophy on delivering forecast of dangerous weather to accommodate a critique of Gov. Laura Kelly’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.
"Thompson, the retired chief meteorologist in Kansas City, Kan., appointed to a Senate seat after resignation of a Johnson County Republican, said Kelly’s orders to close schools and limit gatherings of people broke a fundamental rule of warning psychology.
“There’s a reason that you don’t scream fire in a crowded theater,” Thompson said. “We’ve got a lot of people now who are sitting at home who are watching the news media, watching these reports, and it’s a self-fulfilling prophecy of doom and gloom. It doesn’t give our citizens a clear view of what is happening.”
“For us to limit access of everyone to schools, to business, I think is inciting a panic that is unnecessary. This is not the ebola virus,” he said.
Again, in fairness, that was before the numbers started to worsen in the U.S. . . .
Currently, even the Commander-In-Chief is putting Americans on notice despite his earlier denials of the crisis:
Prez Trump warns 'there will be a lot of death' as U.S. coronavirus cases top 300K
Still, in a more recent social media share, the local weatherman continues to throw a bit of shade on the accuracy of computer modeling:
"Life has been disrupted in so many ways lately...this is just one more that almost no one thought about. As for computer modeling...garbage in-garbage out as they say...and this shutdown may increase the "garbage-in" factor in forecasting for a while!"
Finally, showing a bit of range . . . The weatherman applies his forecasting skills to the oil industry and threats to American energy independence in a post he promoted via his socials.
Accordingly . . .
All of this insight from a widely supported Johnson County conservative reveals more than a bit of skepticism regarding coronavirus remains in local right-wing circles. Meanwhile, ALL AMERICANS hope to avoid dire forecasts on the loss of life and would much rather debate the politics of the pandemic than continue to monitor the rising death count.
You decide . . .