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Fri Feb 8, 2013, 05:41 PM

WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE® brought to you by The Weather Channel

I live in NY and am affected by this storm, but this post is a long time coming. The Weather Channel is no longer a meteorological reporting channel with elements of entertainment. Now they are an Entertainment and Fear network with elements of meteorology. The coverage of this storm and others has been all about drama and fear. The first bad sign was the naming of storms.

Naming a winter storm? Meteorologists are appalled by Nemo

BOSTON -- Meteorologists might not be sure whether the storm heading into the East Coast will drop 12 inches or 24, but they are sure about one thing – this storm is definitely, absolutely, not called Nemo.

But that’s what the Weather Channel has decided to call it, part of a policy announced in the fall in which the TV station will give names to winter storms so that people can more easily follow them.

It’s angered a few meteorologists, and has spurred a Facebook page, "STOP the Weather Channel from naming winter storms."
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http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nemo-winter-storm-20130208,0,401412.story


But is it any surprise considering that the Weather Channel is now owned by Comcast and Bain?

The weather is no longer something to be aware of. It is now something designed to entertain and terrify (not in any particular order).

Don't believe me? Look at weather.com over the last couple days. Besides the scientifically unsupported naming of winter storms, there's the blaring headlines:

"Live Threatening Storm Closes in?
"Blizzard Imminent!"
"Watch: 19-Car Pileup"

I understand the storm is "a big deal." NutmegYankee makes an important point.
I see the weather outside and it is significant. I get it. We're going to get a lot of snow and wind and ice in some places. But we have gone past information and awareness to alarmism and hype.

In America, nothing is safe from corporate exploitation including the weather. We're one step closer to Idiocracy.

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Reply WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE® brought to you by The Weather Channel (Original post)
Renew Deal Feb 2013 OP
sasha031 Feb 2013 #1
Dreamer Tatum Feb 2013 #2
Renew Deal Feb 2013 #4
Xipe Totec Feb 2013 #3
Renew Deal Feb 2013 #5
Canuckistanian Feb 2013 #6
gourmet Feb 2013 #7
dixiegrrrrl Feb 2013 #18
RoccoR5955 Feb 2013 #20
OneMoreDemocrat Feb 2013 #8
tridim Feb 2013 #9
nadinbrzezinski Feb 2013 #10
freshwest Feb 2013 #11
nadinbrzezinski Feb 2013 #13
AsahinaKimi Feb 2013 #12
Blue_In_AK Feb 2013 #14
Go Vols Feb 2013 #15
bunnies Feb 2013 #16
modrepub Feb 2013 #17
TheCowsCameHome Feb 2013 #19

Response to Renew Deal (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 05:45 PM

1. We're watching local Boston stations

I wasn't aware weather channel is owned by Bain, thanks for the info.

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Response to Renew Deal (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 05:45 PM

2. You have the option of turning off your television.

The weather will happen anyway.


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Response to Dreamer Tatum (Reply #2)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 05:49 PM

4. lol

That's a funny point.

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Response to Renew Deal (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 05:47 PM

3. This rant brought to you by Frosted Mini Wheats. Now with 40% fewer recalls. nt

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Response to Xipe Totec (Reply #3)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 05:50 PM

5. lol

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Response to Renew Deal (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 05:54 PM

6. The Foxification of simple weather reporting

Why does everything on American TV have to be so dramatic? What's wrong with the plain facts and maybe even a little educating the masses?

Don't tell me, I know. Death and destruction sells. And there's money to be made.

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Response to Renew Deal (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 05:56 PM

7. This is a money making scheme by the Weather Channel

 

Name makes the storm sound more ominous, making people want to check out the current status, making people tune into the Weather Channel.

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Response to gourmet (Reply #7)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 06:49 PM

18. I tuned out when they started calling their forecasts "products"

which they still do on their web page, dunno about their tv since I dumped the tube a few years ago.

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Response to gourmet (Reply #7)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 07:16 PM

20. I tuned out of the Weather Fear Monger Channel

Long ago.
I also remove their software from people's computers at work, and replace it with their local weather forecast from the National Weather Service.
Much better website, no ads, so it loads much faster. Not to mention, it's where all the others get their data from.

check out http://www.weather.gov

Type in your zip code, and there's your weather!

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Response to Renew Deal (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 05:57 PM

8. So, it's OK to name Summer storms and hurricanes..

 

but not OK to name Winter ones?

I can only assume that there were a 'few angry meteorologists' (someone somewhere is always thus), when someone started naming Hurricanes as well.

Anyhow, I applaud the weather channel for making weather interesting and fun.

Sorry I can't add to the outrage.

Have a safe weekend.

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Response to Renew Deal (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 05:59 PM

9. And it's addictive. Just ask my parents.

They mainline the weather during tornado season.

The local TV meteorologists aren't any better, they instill massive amounts of fear too. Ratings.

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Response to Renew Deal (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 06:00 PM

10. I remember reading arguments like this before Superstorm Sandy hit

You'd think people would take this seriously. NWS product, which the Weather Channel uses, s alarmist I s'pose.

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Reply #10)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 06:19 PM

11. Never poke a hiberating bear. Let them wake up at their own speed.

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Response to freshwest (Reply #11)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 06:26 PM

13. Good point

It's just baffling.

Weather predicting has become far more accurate. Will become less as a few satellites die, but enjoy it...

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Response to Renew Deal (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 06:25 PM

12. As someone, who is accused of being an paid WEATHER CHANNEL underground operative

Allow me to say.. Mou, iya desu. Sonna koto o suru wake ni wa ikimasen.

(I can't very well do such a thing.)

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Response to Renew Deal (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 06:28 PM

14. We've had storms that drop a couple feet in a 24-hour period

and it doesn't even get a mention anywhere but Alaska's local news.

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Response to Renew Deal (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 06:30 PM

15. Jim Cantore from the weather channel

was just on MSNBC,never mentioned the word Nemo and instead referred to a winter storm/blizzard as NOAA and all news outlets do.

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Response to Renew Deal (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 06:30 PM

16. Im in NH. Im gonna die more than you.

thats what they tell me.

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Response to Renew Deal (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 06:36 PM

17. Mt Washington Obs

I suspect this will be fun to watch: http://w1.weather.gov/data/obhistory/KMWN.html

Currently: -2 F, Snow/Freezing Fog, 300 ft visibility, drifting snow, winds 23 kts (25 mph)

Mt Washington Observatory: http://www.mountwashington.org/weather/conditions.php

I suspect we'll see some hurricane force winds early this morning.

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Response to Renew Deal (Original post)

Fri Feb 8, 2013, 07:14 PM

19. I quit watching the Weather Channel today.....when the power went out.

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