When Bob Clubbs, a public speaking and theater teacher at Jackson Senior High School, made a humorous blizzard warning video for his personal Facebook page, he didn’t quite expect all the attention the video received.
“At Christmas time, everyone was saying it was going to be a huge blizzard,” said Clubbs. “So, when it started to sleet I made a video saying that the blizzard was here, and my kids were telling me to shut the door because it was cold. People thought it was funny.”
What Clubbs didn’t know is that the blizzard parody and another “fake weather” video made shortly afterward would lead to many Facebook friend requests from strangers. Based on his expanding friends list, Clubbs decided to create a separate Facebook page to accommodate his videos’ growing popularity and fan base.
“The next time that it was going to snow, one of my friends here at school kept bugging me about making another video, and she was the one who told me that I should just make a separate page, so I did,” said Clubbs. “That’s how I got started in mid January.”
Clubbs’ Facebook fan page is titled “FB Weather with Bob Clubbs“. The page has since received over 2,200 likes in just over one month – an extremely rapid climb considering the inherent local nature of Clubb’s video forecasts.
Clubbs feels that making humorous videos about winter weather is easy.
“Winter is just the most fun to cover,” Clubbs said. “It’s just been the most fun to cover for weather comedy. I do check what real meteorologists are posting and understand what they’re talking about and base my content off of that.”
Clubbs remembers being interested by the weather since he was in the first grade.
“When I was in first grade, I remember my teacher gave me this book,” Clubbs said. “It was a Charlie Brown book about science and the weather. I remember reading it for the rest of that summer. I’ve never had classes in it (weather), but I would always pay attention to the weather. It’s just interesting to me how much science is involved with it and they can do a good job with kind of predicting it, but at the same time it’s unpredictable.”
Although Clubbs’ Facebook page is for entertainment purposes, he feels that it is important for people to be aware of the weather conditions and their potential severity.
“I think it’s just something that everybody can relate to and everybody can take precautions if they need to,” Clubbs said. “Obviously sometimes, I think particularly for winter weather, people get carried away or over exaggerate. But I don’t think that there is any way that we can over exaggerate for tornadoes and those kinds of things. There are people that will hear sirens and not think much about them.”
In fact, this week, March 4-8, is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Missouri. Many communities will be hosting tornado drills, and everyone is encouraged to create or revisit their emergency weather plans with their families. Information about storm safety is available online here: stormaware.mo.gov.
Cape Girardeau and Jackson-area citizens can also help prepare for severe weather and other disasters by taking part in a in the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training, offered by the City of Cape Girardeau Fire Department and Southeast Missouri State University. The CERT program teaches citizens basic disaster preparation and tactics that will help them protect themselves as well as others. Regular classroom and pre-arranged group lessons are available. More information about the CERT program can be found at cityofcape.org/cert.
During the late winter and early spring, the National Weather Service office out of Paducah, Ky. offers free SkyWarn spotter training classes and webinars for everyone interested in learning more about weather and severe storms. A regional spotter training class is available at 6 p.m. on March 26 in Sikeston, Mo. If you are interested in attending this class, call the Scott County EMA office at 573-545-3549. The following NWS spotter training webinars are available during March:
- Tuesday, March 12 9 a.m.
- Tuesday, March 19 6:30 p.m.
- Thursday, March 21 6:30 p.m.
- Thursday, March 28 6:30 p.m.
- Saturday, March 30 9 a.m.
Want to follow Clubbs’ breaking weather updates, as “he watches the weather so you don’t have to?” Find WeatherClubbs on Facebook (facebook.com/weatherclubbs), Twitter (twitter.com/weatherclubbs), and YouTube (youtube.com/weatherclubbs).
Follow the National Weather Service on social media: www.facebook.com/US.NationalWeatherService.Paducah.gov and twitter.com/nwspaducah.