Poor Media Use of Weather Terminology

rdale

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Yeah, looks like the SAPD probably should have added "NWS" in there somewhere - but the end result is the same. Advisories are useless. Thankfully they'll be gone entirely in the next year or two...
 
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Classic news media error, from KATV in Little Rock:

Clinton National Airport cancels flights due to inclement weather

Airlines cancel their own flights; airports and the FAA do not.

And in the event of an airport closure, the airport authority (city/county/airport commission) does that, not the FAA.
 
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rdale

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I watched Fox Weather during last week's QLCS tornado event and the on camera meteorologist was having his assistant plot winds on the Doppler display and after clicking two pixels miles apart reported that "seeing a red near a green means this is a tight rotation, which we call gate to gate shear."

No, no we don't call it that :) Gate-to-gate shear is the difference between two touching pixels...
 
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We should call this one stupidity in the news.

This is the first paragraph in a story from today's Washington Post. "A mysterious pink glow illuminated the sky above the Australian town of Mildura on Wednesday, leaving residents wondering if they were witnessing an alien invasion, misplaced northern lights or a solar flare."

Yeah, that would truly be amazing if the Northern Lights were seen in Australia, since those are the Southern Lights in the Southern Hemisphere.

(The pink glow was caused by red LED lights at a medical marijuana farm. The lights were reflecting off of low clouds.)
 
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In a recent Fox Weather online article about NWS Glasgow's upper air balloon encountering a supercell and going for a looping ride. we find this jewel:

"Data from the balloon's onboard anemometer showed a radical wind shift..."

 
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In a recent Fox Weather online article about NWS Glasgow's upper air balloon encountering a supercell and going for a looping ride. we find this jewel:

"Data from the balloon's onboard anemometer showed a radical wind shift..."

Accuweather rep: "Man...why didn't we think of strapping an entire ASOS station (with mast) to a balloon and flying it?"