I just checked the Winner Regional Airport 3-day weather and that indicates we have gotten about 2.75 inches of rain in the past 3 days. That is about what I guessed by sticking a finger in a dogfood dish. Enough rain fast enough to bring the water level up in some near empty stock ponds. Unfortunately, we haven't seen water running like this for a couple of years. And unfortunately, it is too late to save a lot of cedar trees which have turned brown from the combination of an insect attack and drought. [[ Note of May 21, 2013: Another 0.12 inches today and more predicted for tonight. Not much sunshine and high temperature only about 50 degrees, so most of it is soaking in.
Mostly we get our weather from KELO-TV. Now and then their weather predictions and reports for this south-central part of South Dakota might be for another planet, but mostly they get it mostly right. KELO this evening broadcast their much hyped 60-year one hour summary of the past 60 years of KELO-TV in South Dakota. They hyped the weather coverage. They hyped the news coverage. They hyped their collection of historic TV video tape and digital conversions, etc. They told us how wonderfully prexcient Joe Floyd was in founding KELO.
What they did not mention was the fundraising Floyd did in Tripp County years ago to raise money to get a signal out to these boondocks. Apparently $25 per family. Most of the people who dumped money into KELO are now dead and most certainly did not end up owning shares in the profitable company.
While nit-picking, I thought it was a bit unseemly to put something like four commercials on every 5 minutes through the one-hour program. If they so respect news coverage and all the other good stuff they hyped, one might think they could have sung their own praises without filling the hour with distracting commercials. After all, 60 years of broadcasting is about 350,000 hours of broadcasting. 1 hour not loaded with ads is a rather insignificant part of the total time. Overall, I would guess there was less actual information time in the one-hour show than time spent hyping the program for the past few weeks. While being mildly interesting, the show was overall rather disappointing and shallow.
The rain is nice however even if the mud is a bit annoying.
One more obnoxious relatively new practice at KELO news is hyping a bit of news during the day as if it is important, but all that is is a teaser ad for the REALLY, REALLY BIG SHOW which will be on the 10 PM news or following it. This is the kind of crap that petty late-night TV ads do or was the running catch of old cliff-hanger serials. It is unbecoming for a serious news organization. It has the smell of desperation gimmicks to build audience for the nightly news.
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