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


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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?!

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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.

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

Crowdsourcing Mornings: Rudi Rainbow Children’s App


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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.

“Rudi Rainbow and the Lost Colors” is an interactive storybook app teaching kids aged 6 and older a lot about the weather. Join Rudi and his friends on their search for the colors and meet fun weather people on the way. Learn how wind or rain are formed and apply your knowledge in 6 interactive mini games! The iPad app will be in English and German and completely safe for kids to use, without any advertising or in-app-purchases.  Support them in getting Rudi’s story to the App Store and on your iPads – they are raising the money for the final steps of development: programming, professional music & sound recording in the studio, a proper English translation, a German and an English narrator.

The children’s app consists of more than 30 beautifully illustrated scenes with a lot to discover: there will be hidden goodies like animated objects and fun sound effects.  They are implementing a parallax effect: by tilting your iPad, a little more of the scene will be revealed. Choose between English and German, read the story by yourself or listen to the narrator’s charming voice.  The story takes place in Novemberville, the capital of an adventurous world where the weather is made. Each resident plays a part in a very important task: fulfilling the weather forecast.  One day, Rudi’s colors get blown away by a huge storm. So he and his friends head out to look for the lost colors. Let’s join them!

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As of March 6th, this project has raised around £1,500 of their £7,000 goal. This project only has 19 days left to raise the £7,000 or it will not be funded!  For a pledge of £2, you will get the Rudi Rainbow Children’s App.  For a pledge of £13, you will get the app, wallpaper, and a personalized PDF poster to print at home.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/rudirainbow/rudi-rainbow-an-educational-childrens-app-for-the