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Storm Times

By RD Heldenfels Published: August 29, 2005

Well, the skies are gray over this part of Northeast Ohio, and I can't help but think that we're going to get some kind of residual beating from Hurricane Katrina in the not too distant future.

So let me get right in front of the queue by offering my lawn as a location for TV reports.

It's a good spot. Really. Even a heavy rain can cause cascades of water down the street. And there are tricky winds around the houses, so reporters have a good chance of getting one of those blown-along-the-street shots that demonstrate how brave (and wet) they  are.

(Recent graphic line from Fox News Channel: ''Fox affiliate reporter in thigh deep water.'')

Now, before I go on, let me make clear that I realize that Katrina is causing terrible damage to people and structures in the South, and I in no way intend to make light of that.

But the coverage that accompanies such events can be almost comic in its embrace of weather cliches: rain-spotted camera lenses, water streaming around automobiles, torn-open roofs and, of course, reporters screaming descriptions while getting drenched.

We've not seen the last of such images. But I'm happy to host people looking for them. We'll even serve cocoa.

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