In the modern sound-and-fury news environment, Reddit users are finding shelter from the storm in the voice and presentation of Alabama meteorologist Alan Sealls of WKRG, the CBS affiliate for Mobile.
The TV station posted Sealls’s hurricane update on Irma, Jose and Katia on YouTube. It’s routine for Sealls, a 30-year TV news veteran, and for any local TV station with a YouTube channel. By Thursday morning, the station’s video found itself topping Reddit’s front page (a difficult achievement and a sign of a viral hit) and the third most trending clip on YouTube.
Viewers admired Sealls for “being careful to admit the high variance in possibilities for the hurricane tracks” and said they prefer his presentation over anything on national news networks. They lamented the weather anchors in their own towns, who “are so excited by things like this that they’ll trip over their words and repeat themselves. They’re like kids in candy …