When Hurricane Irma approached the southeastern United States, there was a lot of doom and gloom going around.
The grave warnings of potential devastation and the wreckage the storm left in its wake were everywhere.
<p>But for all the (perhaps rightfully) sensational coverage, there was little talk of the actual storm itself: where exactly Irma would make landfall, how strong it might be when it hit, and how the projections were changing on a minute-by-minute basis.</p><p>That's where local Mobile, Alabama TV weatherman Alan Sealls came in.</p><h2>Sealls delivered a thorough and remarkably calm breakdown of the latest Irma models. For many on the internet, it was a much needed breath of fresh air.</h2><p>"The models don't control the weather," he explained patiently to viewers. "That's the attempt to keep up with what's going on, calculate, and regenerate another projection."</p><p>In thorough yet simple terms, Sealls aggregated and explained each of the main models, or projections, of where Irma might go.</p><p class="shortcode-media shortcode-media-rebelmouse-image"><img type="lazy-image" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8xOTUzMTkyMC9vcmlnaW4uZ2lmIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY0OTM2MTA1OX0.L5Y-aderck5snKew_t8Ih4_l-o57CKsOsZm1POFwAf4/img.gif?width=980" id="95203" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="f7c237d723d85ab12fdd09b146d0c939" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image"><small class="image-media media-caption" placeholder="add caption...">His gesturing was on point too. GIF via WKRG/<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwW6ZWaQ4bs">YouTube</a></small></p><p>"The storm itself hasn't really changed what it's doing," he said. "What's changed is our day-to-day assessment and projection."</p><h2><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwW6ZWaQ4bs" target="_blank">The clip</a> quickly spread far beyond Mobile. It made its way onto the front page of Reddit with the headline, "best weatherman ever."</h2><p>An <a href="http://wkrg.com/2017/09/07/reddits-1-post-chief-meteorologist-alan-sealls-declared-best-weatherman-ever/" target="_blank">overnight hero</a>, Sealls suddenly had a fan club millions strong. But why?</p><p>In what became a defining moment during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, a distraught mother <a href="https://nypost.com/2017/08/29/harvey-victim-with-freezing-kid-curses-out-cnn-reporter/" target="_blank">tore into a CNN reporter</a> for sticking a microphone in her face during the most traumatic moment of her life. People online rallied behind the mom, and it became clear we were all hungry for a different kind of storm coverage. </p><p>Seall's report, while seemingly straightforward, was exactly what many people needed to hear.</p><div id="b488c" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="AKBBQH1559350277"><blockquote class="twitter-tweet twitter-custom-tweet" data-twitter-tweet-id="905892995668611074" data-partner="rebelmouse"><div style="margin:1em 0">Alan Seals is the best meteorologist in the world.</div> — Hannah Love (@Hannah Love)<a href="https://twitter.com/hannahalove/statuses/905892995668611074">1504816695.0</a></blockquote></div><div id="95a7e" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="003GGC1559350277"><blockquote class="twitter-tweet twitter-custom-tweet" data-twitter-tweet-id="905961966853701633" data-partner="rebelmouse"><div style="margin:1em 0">Get this man on a goddamn National Network. He is too good to be a local weatherman. #IrmaHurricane2017 https://t.co/SwBwrVEQAC</div> — Daniel (@Daniel)<a href="https://twitter.com/Daniel_CWhite/statuses/905961966853701633">1504833139.0</a></blockquote></div><h2>Hurricane Irma was one of the strongest and most ominous storms we've seen. Anyone in the affected areas needed to take it extremely seriously.</h2><p>But it's still inspiring to see millions of people (the clip on YouTube has over 3 million views as of this writing) coming together in appreciation of science and just-the-facts reporting. </p><p>Sealls is right — we can't control the weather. Sometimes when things are out of our hands, though, having a friendly expert with a soothing demeanor just level with you is the most comforting thing there is.</p><p><strong>You can watch Sealls' full, viral, and incredibly educational weather report right here:</strong></p><div><div data-card="youtube" data-reactroot=""><div><span style="display:block;position:relative;padding-top:56.25%;" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="ca14c196bc1b5b09683ddc65ef09bb94"><iframe type="lazy-iframe" data-runner-src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/XwW6ZWaQ4bs?rel=0" width="100%" height="auto" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;"></iframe></span></div></div></div><p><em>This post was updated 12/07/2017.</em></p>
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