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(Courier-Journal)   Think the Weather Channel's naming system for winter storms is stupid? You're not alone. So does NOAA, the National Weather Service, and pretty much everyone else   (blogs.courier-journal.com ) divider line
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2012-12-30 09:51:29 PM  
TWC has jumped the shark, IMHO, when their "big name" weather person (Abrams?) stated that weather people should have their licenses taken if they don't believe in global warming. The lame play to name storms is kinda like the Brady Bunch adding Oliver to the cast for the last season to try to gain something back...
 
2012-12-30 10:44:08 PM  

storm16: TWC has jumped the shark, IMHO, when their "big name" weather person (Abrams?) stated that weather people should have their licenses taken if they don't believe in global warming. The lame play to name storms is kinda like the Brady Bunch adding Oliver to the cast for the last season to try to gain something back...


That wasn't what Heidi Cullen said. She had a reasonable response to a question from a broadcast meteorologist who said that he didn't know how to address climate science on air.

Other things from the thread:

- NWS forecasters are pretty well paid. Less than some of the energy mets, but more than Accuweather and probably the Weather Channel and other private forecasting shops which are "blessed" with an oversupply of degreed mets and can pay very little. My starting salary less than a decade ago was $26k. I bailed on that line of work.

- Probability of precipitation is very misunderstood. 30% chance of rain means that 30% of the time with the same atmospheric conditions it will rain. Not 30% of the area or 30% of the period of forecast.
 
2012-12-30 10:52:22 PM  

Fallout Zone: storm16: TWC has jumped the shark, IMHO, when their "big name" weather person (Abrams?) stated that weather people should have their licenses taken if they don't believe in global warming. The lame play to name storms is kinda like the Brady Bunch adding Oliver to the cast for the last season to try to gain something back...

That wasn't what Heidi Cullen said. She had a reasonable response to a question from a broadcast meteorologist who said that he didn't know how to address climate science on air.

Other things from the thread:

- NWS forecasters are pretty well paid. Less than some of the energy mets, but more than Accuweather and probably the Weather Channel and other private forecasting shops which are "blessed" with an oversupply of degreed mets and can pay very little. My starting salary less than a decade ago was $26k. I bailed on that line of work.

- Probability of precipitation is very misunderstood. 30% chance of rain means that 30% of the time with the same atmospheric conditions it will rain. Not 30% of the area or 30% of the period of forecast.


One would have to be pretty farking dim not to understand that.

Just saying.
 
2012-12-30 11:40:01 PM  

YouSirAreAMaroon: Fallout Zone: - Probability of precipitation is very misunderstood. 30% chance of rain means that 30% of the time with the same atmospheric conditions it will rain. Not 30% of the area or 30% of the period of forecast.

One would have to be pretty farking dim not to understand that.

Just saying.



It depends on whom you ask.

NOAA

Wikipedia

About.com

I've heard all of these and more from supposedly authoritative sources. I think the real answer is "whichever definition was most accurate for the day in question."
 
2012-12-31 12:10:42 AM  
i54.tinypic.com

The weather service has upgraded this blizzard from "Winter Wonderland" to a Class III kill storm...
 
2012-12-31 12:11:53 AM  

20/20: My main complaint with weather reporting is too much of it. My local stations hit us over and over with relentless warnings and crawlers at the slightest hint of a "storm." Why they think we need the same information every fricking minute is beyond me.


the local stations crawlers are quiet. TWC has this annoying buzzer thing. leaving the tv on TWC with the volume turned up during inclement weather can be, well annoying.
 
2012-12-31 12:51:43 AM  

Nem Wan: The TV executive who thought this up is that special kind of stupid that thinks it's genius. Or, actually clever and tough but cynical and self-interested to a fault.


It is brilliant. No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American public. With cross media ownership they can possibly get some support from their news and sports programming affiliations legitimizing the naming scheme. CNN is probably pissed that they didn't come up with it themselves but might play along so they can hype their weather reporting. Personify simple things to be able to hype them way more. It makes the trivial important. It's why people care more about the Guppy after they name it. Arrogant - Yes. Self serving - yes. Brilliant - yes. Time will tell if it sticks.

This is really so much win in the sick, sad, twisted, dystopian infotainment horrorscape that is our news.
 
2012-12-31 01:42:59 AM  

uncleacid: Turning on the Weather Channel has become like turning on MTV and expecting music.


This.

Except doesn't MTV play music from 3am to 9am or something? I haven't turned to MTV in years, and I am never watching TV then anyway.

But whatever. Show Ice Farking Pilots all you want, but show the local on the 8s you jack-holes. And if you have to break in to the 900th airing of Katrina Revisited, DO IT! Do you really think people are going to be all 'fark this channel, man, if I wanted weather, I'd be watching the weather channel, man."
 
2012-12-31 10:01:25 AM  

cmunic8r99: Those are just as dumb as the "superstorm" moniker for Hurricane Sandy.


except that one kinda made sense since when it hit the east coast you had two storms (one tropical, one subtropical) colliding and combining their forces. The Voltron of Storms.
 
2012-12-31 11:09:17 AM  

Kazan: cmunic8r99: Those are just as dumb as the "superstorm" moniker for Hurricane Sandy.

except that one kinda made sense since when it hit the east coast you had two storms (one tropical, one subtropical) colliding and combining their forces. The Voltron of Storms.


Makes sense, with Jersey being the Robeast.
 
2012-12-31 12:39:01 PM  
But, but they have weather personalities! Intellicast or NWS/NOAA FTW.
 
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