Last night Edmonton had a wicked summer thunder storm. Huge downpour flooding many underpasses, golf-ball sized hail, and one heck of a light show.
The storm marched through Edmonton from south to north, and I was able to follow its development by using some high-tech tools and following comments from friends spread throughout the city on Twitter.
Recently, the Twitter hashtag #YEGWX has come to be the channel of discussion for anything related to Edmonton weather. YEG is the airport code for the Edmonton International Airport…WX is short-wave-radio Morris Code for weather. #YEGWX.
Tonight, as the storm began hitting Edmonton, I was online and noticed a lot of tweets discussing the severity of this storm.
The one thing I saw was that traditional media couldn’t keep up. Radio and TV ran official weather office Severe Thunderstorm Warnings, but the warning was limited in the amount of detail. So I turned to my computer and G3 enabled iPad.
Social media brought me immediate details much richer and more meaningful than a bottom-screen crawl across a TV show would. Take a moment and check out the image below for details of the storm as it rolled through Edmonton.
So by following the high-tech crowd-sourced event-driven social media coverage, I am much better informed about the ongoing events in my community.
Which is sad because people without this type of connection could literally be in the dark with no understanding of what’s going on, no understanding if greater danger is approaching or not, and no understanding what’s happening in the rest of the city.
Yes, this is old hat, we saw similar coverage in January with the Haiti earthquake, but why isn’t this benefit more widely understood, that on occasion there is a benefit to having this technology available — there is a high-tech advantage. Why wouldn’t you want to share in it?
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