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   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

30 Dec 2012 03:48 PM   |   11885 clicks   |   Courier-Journal
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DanZero    [TotalFark]  
Well TWC has been NBCUniversalified as Siffy and "Cloo", so why not "Whether?"

30 Dec 2012 12:56 PM
Fear_and_Loathing    [TotalFark]  
NOAA/NWS would be pissed.  That was their baliwick and winter didn't count.  TURFWAR!

30 Dec 2012 01:02 PM
GAT_00     

Fear_and_Loathing: NOAA/NWS would be pissed.  That was their baliwick and winter didn't count.  TURFWAR!


NWS staff are forbidden to use the names.

The whole thing is entirely so they make things more dramatic for ratings. Just look at the names they chose.

30 Dec 2012 01:31 PM
Indolent    [TotalFark]  

GAT_00: The whole thing is entirely so they make things more dramatic for ratings. Just look at the names they chose.


Nonsense.  Now excuse me, I have to turn on the weather news and see if storm Ivan the Terrible has been upgraded to a class 5 storm of death.

30 Dec 2012 01:48 PM
ZAZ    [TotalFark]  
I don't click on weather.com headlines with winter storm names. If everybody did the same, this minor annoyance would go away.

30 Dec 2012 02:00 PM
snuffy    [TotalFark]  
weather channel is a bunch of aws obscuring the very info we need to see.

30 Dec 2012 02:25 PM
GAT_00     

ZAZ: I don't click on weather.com headlines with winter storm names. If everybody did the same, this minor annoyance would go away.


Why do you even go to weather.com in the first place?  The only place with less accurate forecasts is the always ironic AccuWeather.  If you don't want to use the NWS site, Weather Underground is just as good.

30 Dec 2012 02:52 PM
cmunic8r99    [TotalFark]  
Those are just as dumb as the "superstorm" moniker for Hurricane Sandy.

30 Dec 2012 03:03 PM
bronyaur1    [TotalFark]  
Who cares?

30 Dec 2012 03:07 PM
Haliburton Cummings     
what about "hurricane asskicker!" , "poor killer!" or "rent multiplier!"

those there be some names.

30 Dec 2012 03:08 PM
Haliburton Cummings     

bronyaur1: Who cares?


you do

30 Dec 2012 03:09 PM
whither_apophis     
Can we get businesses to sponsor storms?

/Ice storm of death brought to you by Prestone

30 Dec 2012 03:11 PM
This About That    [TotalFark]  
I still can't forgive them for their stupid auto-start Flash widget.

30 Dec 2012 03:15 PM
ZAZ    [TotalFark]  
whither_apophis: Can we get businesses to sponsor storms?

Do the reverse, like review blackmail web sites. We will name the storm Wal-Mart unless the company of the same name pays $1 billion.

30 Dec 2012 03:16 PM
uncleacid     
Turning on the Weather Channel has become like turning on MTV and expecting music.

30 Dec 2012 03:16 PM
Killer Cars     
I really only watch The Weather Channel to see which location of impending apocalyptic doom they've dispatched Jim Cantore to.

30 Dec 2012 03:17 PM
Scythed     
Nice to see Comcast is still as incompetent as ever at managing their properties. I still can't believe the government let them buy NBCUniversal.

30 Dec 2012 03:20 PM
Haliburton Cummings     

Scythed: Nice to see Comcast is still as incompetent as ever at managing their properties. I still can't believe the government let them buy NBCUniversal.


oh the outrage!

I'm sure you could run a network much better from your bedroom with your bank account..

pffft

best post all day

staff of one

30 Dec 2012 03:27 PM
Cup_O_Jo     
Awesome. I am not alone. It is ridiculous. It's like naming clouds. It is just stupid. Designed to make people feel like something important is happening to them weather wise. "Left out of the recent natural disaster-heres some clouds with a name on it to make you feel special."

30 Dec 2012 03:29 PM
Coco LaFemme     
Part of the reason I don't like The Weather Channel anymore is it stopped being about reporting weather events several years ago.  Now it's disaster porn and "how can we ramp up our ratings?"  A couple of their reality shows are okay, they're interesting and not as retarded as reality shows on other networks, but it's kind of sad that even The Weather Channel needs reality shows nowadays.

30 Dec 2012 03:35 PM
Farty McPooPants     
I had to run some errands this morning before the game started and I got caught in thunderstorm 'Brian'.


/Yes, Brian, I named it after you because you are a dick.

30 Dec 2012 03:36 PM
Insatiable Jesus     
The public should get to vote on storm names, via the NOAA website.

Years from now we could be watching a news retrospective on the day Hurricane Weedlord Bonerhitler finally sunk Nawlins for good.

30 Dec 2012 03:38 PM
Spanky_McFarksalot     

GAT_00: Why do you even go to weather.com in the first place?


their maps are prettier

30 Dec 2012 03:39 PM
Teknowaffle     

Indolent: GAT_00: The whole thing is entirely so they make things more dramatic for ratings. Just look at the names they chose.

Nonsense.  Now excuse me, I have to turn on the weather news and see if storm Ivan the Terrible has been upgraded to a class 5 storm of death.


Just wait until they change the term "hurricane" to "rapeicane"

30 Dec 2012 03:41 PM
mialynneb     

Insatiable Jesus: The public should get to vote on storm names, via the NOAA website.

Years from now we could be watching a news retrospective on the day Hurricane Weedlord Bonerhitler finally sunk Nawlins for good.


I tried telling my husband about Hurricane Weedlord Bonerhitler and almost peed myself.

30 Dec 2012 03:45 PM
mark12A     
Well, "Draco" sounded pretty badass for a winter storm.

Lately I've been VERY annoyed by our Philly Fox station that assigns 1-10 number ratings for the day's weather, 10 being a perfectly nice day, and 1 being lousy. It's pointless and absolutely useless. It imparts no useful information, like how you should dress or how hot or cold or wet or windy it's going to be.

30 Dec 2012 03:47 PM
SlothB77    [TotalFark]  
every storm name should end 'pocalypsemageddonacaust'.

30 Dec 2012 03:52 PM
spawn73     
Have they named a storm Hitler yet? Because that would be awesome.

30 Dec 2012 03:53 PM
theorellior    [TotalFark]  

Haliburton Cummings: oh the outrage!


I've been away from Fark for the holidays, is this a deep-freeze AW troll account or just one I haven't noticed until now?

Either way, step up your game, it's pretty weaksauce.

30 Dec 2012 03:54 PM
theorellior    [TotalFark]  

GAT_00: The only place with less accurate forecasts is the always ironic AccuWeather.


Wasn't increasing AccuWeather's corporate profits the reason that Rick Santorum wanted to privatize the NWS?

30 Dec 2012 03:55 PM
Gunderson     

Spanky_McFarksalot: GAT_00: Why do you even go to weather.com in the first place?

their maps are prettier


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Yes, I enjoy their maps very much so.

30 Dec 2012 03:57 PM
whatshisname     
Eh. When you have dozens of channels devoted to nothing but the weather, I guess they have to do something to keep the interest.

30 Dec 2012 03:57 PM
China White Tea     
"The one racing across the Midwest is now called Draco and it has been dubbed the fourth winter storm of the season. Remember Winter Storm Caesar? Or Brutus? Or Athena? I don't."

Well, no, I don't, but to be fair, I don't remember tropical storms A through R of 2012, either, so this seems like kind of a non-point.

30 Dec 2012 03:59 PM
iheartscotch     
NOAA: Moooom, the weather channel is naming winter storms. He's coping me!

Mom: Weather Channel, NOAA was naming storm systems first.

Weather channel: that's not fair; he always gets to name storm systems!

30 Dec 2012 03:59 PM
theorellior    [TotalFark]  
Yepper, some Googlizing lead me to several articles about how Rick Santorum wanted to shield AccuWeather from the horrible anti-capitalistic tactics of the NWS.

30 Dec 2012 03:59 PM
oryx     
Good to know this is not official. Winter storms don't merit a name.

30 Dec 2012 04:04 PM
KrispyKritter     

bronyaur1: Who cares?


me mum. strictly maintains an all depressing news all the time household even before i was hatched.

30 Dec 2012 04:04 PM
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.

30 Dec 2012 04:05 PM
KarmicDisaster    [TotalFark]  
Last time I looked, their list shows one named "Gandolf" for this year, instead of "Gandalf". Dumbasses.

30 Dec 2012 04:05 PM
Arthurgoboom     
Coming tomorrow: Snow Flurry Frankie

30 Dec 2012 04:05 PM
theorellior    [TotalFark]  

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.


Hmmm, could be Bonnie Hammer. I thought I smelled her foul stench when she was brought on board.

30 Dec 2012 04:08 PM
WTP 2     
lookout here comes storm "feather"
aaaa what is it?
i don't know but it has a name

30 Dec 2012 04:08 PM
starlost     
The Weather Channel is private company.

shoes my wet raining.

30 Dec 2012 04:09 PM
Nuclear Monk     
When do the corporate sponsorship's start?

By Thursday, Altoid's Wintery Fresh Blast will blanket the area with 3 - 5 inches of snow. You'll want fresh breath to shovel THAT snow!

30 Dec 2012 04:10 PM
ski9600     

Killer Cars: I really only watch The Weather Channel to see which location of impending apocalyptic doom they've dispatched Jim Cantore to.


The Weather Channel has become useless to me since my provider changed to a satellite feed that apparently can't determine where I am and provide a local temp/forecast. I know that The Weather Channel knows where I am and can provide temp/forecast on their station (they used to provide this information on the Weather Channel station, not any more), but the satellite provider fails because ZIPCODE.
/smrt

30 Dec 2012 04:10 PM
Silverstaff     

ZAZ: I don't click on weather.com headlines with winter storm names. If everybody did the same, this minor annoyance would go away.


I don't click on weather.com

www.weather.gov

You're already paying for it with your tax dollars, might as well use it.

30 Dec 2012 04:11 PM
Coastalgrl     

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.


Ah, management. In my experience, they were scientists and engineers who couldn't hack it at their jobs so they got promoted instead. Makes perfect sense that they would start something like this.

Now if someone would like to collaborate with NOAA and make a more comprehensive historical storm database to include No'reasters and other types of storms that would be nice. The new database is getting there, much better than before but for what I do, its not so much the hurricanes that matter but the winter and nor'easters.

30 Dec 2012 04:12 PM
lordjupiter     

Silverstaff: ZAZ: I don't click on weather.com headlines with winter storm names. If everybody did the same, this minor annoyance would go away.

I don't click on weather.com

www.weather.gov

You're already paying for it with your tax dollars, might as well use it.



NOW you're gettin the idea, comrade.

30 Dec 2012 04:14 PM
Jon iz teh kewl     

WTP 2: lookout here comes storm "feather"
aaaa what is it?
i don't know but it has a name


HURRICANE GAY!!

30 Dec 2012 04:23 PM
KingVJ     

mark12A: Well, "Draco" sounded pretty badass for a winter storm.

Lately I've been VERY annoyed by our Philly Fox station that assigns 1-10 number ratings for the day's weather, 10 being a perfectly nice day, and 1 being lousy. It's pointless and absolutely useless. It imparts no useful information, like how you should dress or how hot or cold or wet or windy it's going to be.


You could, you know go outside and see what you need.

30 Dec 2012 04:23 PM
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