The most interesting thing about Cyclone Cook was the media reaction to it.
The mainstream corporate media who had been given full licence by MetService to hype Cyclone Cook up as the storm of the century became pretty pissed off once Aucklander’s had the temerity to challenge the hyperbole when sweet fuck all eventuated…
…such comments were deemed unacceptable to the rest of NZ who did have to put up with some rain and wind.
The Corporate media and MetService were left red faced after promising the Harbour Bridge would close down, and breathlessly announcing the city was shutting down at midday and frantic headlines highlighting the rush to bus stops as people crammed aboard everything with wheels to flee the city.
And then bugger all happened in Auckland.
Yes, the middle of the North Island was hit and some electricity knocked out. But no one died, and this so called worst storm of 50 years didn’t live up to the media hype at all.
While the hypersensitive on twitter felt such complaints at the lack of anything meaningful in NZs largest city was smug and shallow, it did, does and will matter.
You can’t tell your largest City that they are about to be hit by a huge storm that doesn’t eventuate because the next time it happens, they won’t believe you and that matters because we know from global warming that these extreme weather events are going to occur more and more often and if you have a cynical population who don’t believe the warnings, that will cost lives.
The MetService is like every other public service under the National Government, underfunded and run down. At what point did they realise their prediction for Auckland was wrong. Did they have the right staff and infrastructure to make the right calls? Has funding got anything to do with their poor prediction abilities?
This shit needs sorting because we require a weather forecast service that can actually forecast weather with some accuracy, especially as these extreme events are now going to become a permanent feature of our climate.