Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
I don't ask for much for my obscene property taxes. Goodness knows I don't get all that much. But when the weather becomes dangerous could we at least get a timely response?
I've blogged in the past that the guys in the trucks during snowstorms have a tough job, but normally draw praise. Not this time. And that includes those with the decision about when to deploy those trucks.
With all the advance warning of risky traveling conditions, what were the plows and salters waiting for throughout Milwaukee, especially when the initial portion of the storm hit hard and fast?
Hundreds of accidents with fatalities and injuries as roads completely deteriorated.
From mid-morning today through late this afternoon, I spent time on roads in the city of Milwaukee, Franklin, Greendale, and Greenfield. The work done on them was minimal as one accident after another piled up.
The last thing I want to hear from Franklin or any other local municipality come April is bragging about the amount of excess salt they’ve got or a decrease in overtime for snow removal.
UPDATE: Plow came down my street at 10:38 Sunday night. Whoopee. Guaranteed the next time through will be five minutes after my driveway is cleared.
Way back in my days working at WUWM, Milwaukee Public Radio (Yes, I worked 11 years in public radio), I had the privilege of meeting and interviewing many, many interesting people. One of them was the late Major League umpire Ron Luciano, an incredibly funny man.
While in Milwaukee on a book tour, he stopped at our studios and during our interview he spoke about the beauty and the slow speed of baseball. Luciano said in the case of a football telecast, should you head to the kitchen and the refrigerator you risk returning to hear the announcer proclaim:
“There it was the pass of the century.”
Luciano: “I can’t believe it. I missed the pass of the century. (His voice gets quieter) But in baseball, you can go out and mow the lawn and not miss a thing.”
OK. Today’s Packers-Falcons game didn’t have anything close to resembling the “pass of the century.” But there was a play viewers missed because TV weather people were doing what TV weather people do too much in this TV market: They overdid it to the point where a crucial play was missed.
Is severe weather informartion important? Of course. But at the proper time. In this instance everyone in Wisconsin knew it was snowing in Wisconsin. Not exactly a news bulletin. There was no need to interrupt football coverage to the point where live coverage of a close game, a PACKER game got pre-empted.
Here are the details.
Winter Weather Advisory for Milwaukee, WI
From 12:00 PM CST, Sun., Dec 08, 2013 until 6:00 AM CST, Mon., Dec 09, 2013
Other affected areas:
Marquette, WI; Green Lake, WI; Fond Du Lac, WI; Sauk, WI; Columbia, WI; Dodge, WI; Washington, WI; Iowa, WI; Dane, WI; Jefferson, WI; Waukesha, WI; Milwaukee, WI; Lafayette, WI; Green, WI; Rock, WI; Walworth, WI; Racine, WI; Kenosha, WI
Issued by The National Weather Service
Sat, Dec 7, 2013, 1:44 PM CST
Updated Dec 7, 2013, 7:50pm CST
... WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM NOON SUNDAY TO 6 AM CST MONDAY...
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN MILWAUKEE/SULLIVAN HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW... WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM NOON SUNDAY TO 6 AM CST MONDAY.
* TIMING... LIGHT SNOW WILL BEGIN TO DEVELOP ACROSS SOUTHERN WISCONSIN SUNDAY MORNING AND BECOME WIDESPREAD BY AFTERNOON. MODERATE SNOW WILL THEN OCCUR AT TIMES INTO SUNDAY NIGHT.
* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS... 3 TO 5 INCHES OF LIGHT AND POWDERY SNOW.
* IMPACTS... THE SNOWFALL ALONG WITH COLD TEMPERATURES WILL RESULT IN ROADS QUICKLY BECOMING SNOW COVERED AND SLIPPERY. AFTER THE SNOW ENDS ON MONDAY... BRISK AND GUSTY WINDS WILL CAUSE SOME BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW. THEREFORE SOME ROADS WILL REMAIN SNOW COVERED AND SLIPPERY.
A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW WILL CAUSE PRIMARILY TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SNOW COVERED ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES... AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.
... SEVERAL INCHES OF SNOW EXPECTED SUNDAY AND SUNDAY NIGHT...
.SNOW WILL OVERSPREAD SOUTHERN WISCONSIN BY LATE SUNDAY MORNING OR EARLY AFTERNOON AND CONTINUE INTO SUNDAY NIGHT. SEVERAL INCHES OF LIGHT AND POWDERY SNOW IS EXPECTED WITH LOCALLY HIGH AMOUNTS IN SHEBOYGAN AND OZAUKEE COUNTIES DUE TO LAKE ENHANCED SNOW. LOW PRESSURE AND RELATIVELY WARMER AND MOIST AIR MOVING INTO THE REGION WILL GENERATE THE LIGHT AND POWDERY SNOW. AFTER THE SNOW ENDS ON MONDAY... BRISK AND GUSTY WINDS WILL CAUSE SOME BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW. THEREFORE SOME ROADS WILL REMAIN SNOW COVERED AND SLIPPERY.