Skip to comments.Snapchat for Street-level Intel on Florence
Posted on 09/12/2018 5:55:13 AM PDT by fruser1
When you watch the news about these storms, they always hype it up such that you'd think everyone in the hemisphere has five minutes to live.
I don't want to minimize the severity of the storm, but I like to have a better perspective on how bad it actually is.
To accomplish this, I avoid the news and use the snapchat app. After opening the app, you can "squeeze" the screen by putting two fingers near opposing edges of the screen and pull them together to make a map appear. (Sometimes I get a search screen instead, so I close this and try again.)
You can move the map around, zoom in and out, and see where vids are posted. They are short clips and stay up about 24 hrs. The vids indicate how old they are (minutes or hours).
Unless everyone evacuates, there are usually folks posting stuff showing wind, flooding, damage, eyewall, etc.. I found this incredibly useful and more realistically informative compared to the news and would update relatives in the area about what was going on via text (they were typically conserving battery power during blackout and not all had iPhones).
Being familiar with the region, I could give them street level intel about where the main problems were.
So, for example, I could tell them what neighborhoods actually had flooded streets. Watching the news, you'd think the whole region was under water.
There seem to be enough folks willing to post to make this a worthwhile endeavor. You know the conditions are their severest when the region "goes dark" for 24 hrs...
Is there a how-to for a non-user of snapchat to install it, and then to focus on info coming from NC?
“they always hype it up such that you’d think everyone in the hemisphere has five minutes to live.”
Yep, IIRC the weather channel is in some way connected to msnbc.
"Auntie Em! Auntie Em! It's a twister!!"
Thanks Ill try it. It is fizzling. Speed dropping. Thousands not fleeing like sheep. They have cried Wolfe so many times we dont give them any credibility.
Along the top of the page there is a link for "map", along with "home" etc..
For a user guide of the app itself:
For myself, my only interest is using the map feature to find vids, so that's the only thing I've done with it myself.
“It is fizzling. Speed dropping.”
Good news no doubt, let’s just hope that trend continues and it doesn’t rebuild. Unfortunately, I have seen that happen.
The Weather Channel was started by John Coleman, weatherman from Chicago. He sold it and was appalled at how political (read Left) it went. RIP Mr Coleman. Sorry your creation was swallowed by the crazies.
Meteorology, not Modelology .... no hype latest podcast (with pictures):
Good post. Here are some alarmists and lunatics who have taken over the twitter platform...
Thanks, cool app... looks quite easy to use.
A first impression looking at the short videos: gives a nice on-the-ground anecdotal feel to the situation. The upper indicator for how many hours previously when the video was recorded is quite helpful. Although, most if not all the ones I saw were 20+ hours old.
I think it is fizzling because of prayers by Pat Robertson and other Christians...
More twitter info/advice/commentary...
It didnt take me long to realize that story was merely phase 1 of the preordained media narrative that millions will suffer from this hurricane thanks to PDJT incompetence and malfeasance.
I have ZERO confidence in the MSM to report any news accurately!
Looks OK on him, dumb on her?
Yes, there’s always some of folks saying “hey, we’re in the eyewall!”. That with the timestamp gave me a great track of the storm, neighborhood by neighborhood, as it moved along. Very useful for the family down there.
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