Why It Is Time For The National Weather Service To Name Winter Storms


For a few years now, The Weather Channel has been naming Winter storms.  They began the practice because of social media, and it would have been easier to share information about the storms online.  Now, TWC started to do this, but the National Weather Service, who are the ones who issues the watches and warnings reported on The Weather Channel, did not pick up on this idea.  Now, other countries are about to start naming Winter storms.  Beginning this Fall, the United Kingdom’s Met Office and the Irish Meteorological Service will begin to name Winter storms.  The reason, they believe naming significant storms will increase public awareness of severe weather and thus improve appropriate responses to warnings.

And they have a point!  These days, there is an explosive growth in the web, apps, and social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter.  And on social media, everyone uses hashtags.  It is a lot easier to use a name of a Winter storm with a hashtag than to just say there is major snowfall in a town.  Germany and the Netherlands also names Winter storms, and the United States should do the same thing!  At first, I thought naming Winter storms was a stupid idea.  I mean, naming a storm that only leaves a little snow or ice behind is no big deal.  Now, naming a hurricane that leaves massive damage was another thing.  And storms like that needs a name!  TWC saw the value of naming Winter storms, because they saw how important social media is in communicating emergency information.  At first I thought it was a marketing ploy, but now I see this as lifesaving information.

By naming Winter storms, people can look on social media, and search via the name hashtag, and see if their school is closed, or report a power outage, or see traffic conditions, or see if a business is open, or see important information from the town they live in.  These days, every major town has a presence on Facebook and Twitter. You need to see and might have to share real time information that could prove to be a lifesaving thing!  The National Weather Service needs to recognize the importance of serving people in the way they find easiest to consume information.  And these days, it’s social media and hashtags.  Everyone uses hashtags to send important information, or to share an important photo on Instagram, or share an important video on YouTube.  See the importance of social media and hashtags?

If a hurricane threatens the United States, The Weather Channel, and every news outlet will use the hashtag of the storm name on their graphics and on their social media.  Heck, some National Weather Service offices will also use the hashtags on their social media accounts.  They need to be doing the same thing for Winter storms.  Social media will never go away, and people needs to find the important information in the quickest way possible, which involves hashtags, and using the Winter storm name as the hashtag.  It’s time for the National Weather Service to adopt the naming of Winter storms.  If they don’t like the names The Weather Channel comes up with, create your own list, and TWC will follow it!  Winter storms can create major havoc especially in major urban centers, and the people deserves to know if they need to stay home, so they are not stuck somewhere.  Get with it NWS!

TV Review: America’s Next Weatherman

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I try to catch new TV shows on TV, and some shows are great with wonderful writing, characters, and storytelling.  While others, well they are a piece of junk!  And this new show on TBS called America’s Next Weatherman is a major piece of junk!  The show is made by the folks from Funny or Die, and you could tell that they tried to put their brand of humor in this show.  From the host wanting to repeat his closing lines, and seeing him in a confessional.  And of course, the rejected audition tapes.  One has to wonder if the people applying to this show had any idea Funny or Die was behind this.

The contestants are something I find weird.  Sure, some of the people are meteorologists, or people in or studying to be in the news business.  But, there are also some people who have no business being on a reality show about picking America’s top meteorologist.  I mean, a beauty queen and a pastor, you could tell that Funny or Die was trying to not take this show seriously!  So, let’s get into the nuts and bolts of America’s Next Weatherman.  The contestants are divided into the red and blue teams.  They faced their first challenge that had them hold up a microphone in a weather center with leaves, rain, and snow falling on them.  They had to say their “cues” when a red light went off in front of them, and they had to add weight to keep a balloon from popping.  What does this have to do with weather?

The second challenge had the contestants place a weather icon at a city on a world map.  Sadly, I don’t think the host Matt Oberg can even read a ruler, come on and pick the winning team already!  Oh, and nice job faking that you were flying in a helicopter over LA in the beginning of the show, that was faked.  You can tell when you saw that; this show was going to be a piece of junk!  The losing team sends two people to the cast off, where they each talk about the weather in a forecast.  Thank you pastor for waking up and realizing that this show was junk!  In fact, everyone should join the pastor and just quit, because this show is a joke!

The loser gets their coffee mug smashed to the ground by the host, and that’s it!  Oh, the loser walks out to a studio stage where it’s raining on them, a fitting end to this show.  So, this is a show where you face challenges that have nothing to do with reporting the weather on TV.  You report for a fake TV station called 4 KAST NEWS.  You have to face the people from Funny or Die who is intent in making this show a joke.  And the winner gets $100,000, an agent, and will get to report the weather on CNN.  God I hope that will go well!  America’s Next Weatherman is another example on why more and more people are cutting the cord and only streaming shows they want to watch!  Hey why not try this cable TV, make more shows that people will want to watch, and pay those higher cable bills to watch legally.

At the end, America’s Next Weatherman is a show that should not be taken seriously.  Weather should be taken seriously!  Here in Alabama, we have people who are scared of weather, especially after the April 27th tornado outbreak.  Sure, let’s make weather a joke, that will go well!  And nice job picking contestants that don’t know that the capital of Alabama is Montgomery.  I am glad this is on super late on Saturday nights; it should instead be taken off the air and cancelled.

Watch Spectacular Weather / Storm Videography In The Chase


If you are a weather geek like me, then you need to drop everything and watch this stunning video about weather in the Great Plains now!  The YouTube channel Mike Olbinski put out a video in 4K called The Chase.  Mike spent 14 days storm chasing in the Great Plains in the states (New Mexico, Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Nebraska, South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana and North Dakota) and he shot over 45,000 frames of footage for this film.

The video includes gorgeous shots of supercells, storms, clouds, lightning, sunsets, and even a tornado.  Wow, what some spectacular videography, enjoy!

Crowdsourcing Mornings: Weather Point 2.0

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This is Crowdsourcing Mornings! This post takes place every weekday morning and highlights one crowdsourcing project I liked from Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or other crowdsourcing websites.

Since we are all aware of weather changes that are affecting our lives and daily activities, as team they decided to create Weather Point in order to follow up with such changes and have most accurate weather measurements on very current locations.  As they like to call it ” your individual and personal weather station”, Weather Point 2.0 is actually an innovation in weather monitoring and measuring.  Dimensionally pretty small and convenient to carry around in your daily activities, it is functionally more than helpful due to the facts that works as thermometer, humidity meter, UV index & atmospheric pressure meter and it is compatible with your mobile devices . Supports iOS & Android .

In any moment, on any location, provides you with temperature, pressure, UV and humidity measurements.  Cute and elegant, stylish, fashionable, convenient and very necessary piece of your daily outfit to help you go throughout your day without rainy or any other weather surprises.  Simply plug it in, read it and you are all set to go!  Weather Point 2.0 has four sensors (for temperature, humidity, UV radiation and atmospheric pressure) built into a standard four pole audio jack.

It is placed in a durable housing made from plastic, aluminum and titanium. These four sensors sends an audio signal which than reduce the signal amplitude witch depends on the actual readings. The software is using the calculation of the matching temperature, humidity, UV radiation and atmospheric pressure, and reads these information on the screen of your device.

Just plug Weather Point 2.0 into your mobile device and start our App. The readings will appear on your device at a blink of an eye! Weather Point 2.0 doesn’t use a battery or internet connection. It is powered by your device battery and doesn’t spend a lot of energy so don’t worry about recharging.  By measuring atmospheric pressure Weather Point 2.0 App will inform you about your current altitude. Another useful info, isn’t it?!


As of June 25th, this project has raised around $41,000 of their $25,000 goal. This project only has 29 days left to raise as much as it can!  For a pledge of $19, you will get one Weather Point 2.0 white.  For a pledge of $55, you will get two Weather Point 2.0’s anodized.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/weatherpoint/weather-point-20-the-worlds-smallest-weather-stati

The Evening Post: Get Your Personalized Star Wars Weather Forecast

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So if you have not noticed, today is Star Wars Day!  May the fourth be with you!  And to celebrate, I have found a way to get a personalized weather forecast, Star Wars style!  Tom Scott has put together something called the Star Wars Weather Forecast.  It’s the weather forecast, as described by the planets of Star Wars.  All you do is type in the city you live in, and you get to see which Star Wars planet closely describes the weather where you are at.  For example, the weather in Anniston, Alabama is like Naboo.


So, want to try it out yourself, head to: http://www.tomscott.com/weather/starwars/