The Weather Channel

Couple things... I thought TWC did a pretty good job covering this as they typically do with Hurricanes, yet I did find myself switching over to CNN and MSNBC quite a bit as well for more in depth coverage. What's everyone's opinions on that?

Also, the big question? The jingle which has been played on Local on the 8s through this; am I the only one who thinks that's catchy? :lol: What is it??
 
Am I the only one who thinks you're messed up?

No seriously, I was flipping over to FOX and CNN just to watch them make horrible mistakes without checking over facts and information ... National Weather Center ... commenting about how misleading tornado warnings are just prior to the hurricane making landfall when the hurricane had winds of a F3 ... comon'

As for TWC ... I've been informed that they are doing a complete overhaul ... note the new logo ... I think there's a place on the TWC website which notes the music over the years ... and there's junkies out there too ... I know of old college roommates who would utilize search engines to find the music ... sorry, but I'm all about "The Price is Right" music database
 
The "Weather on the 8's" is what I found most annoying about their coverage last night.
You would figure in a potentially disastrous situation like this morning they would devote all available airtime to covering the hurricane.
Many people look to The Weather Channel as their sole source of information.
I found better coverage on the Fox News Channel or CNN.
 
I'm sorry to say this ... but I help out at nursing homes from time to time ... and sometimes the ::ahem:: old folks get a bit upset if they miss a "local on the 8's" or people such as Jenetta Jones, Jennifer Lopez, etc ... and if you change the channel ... you better run ...
 
I'll say this about The Weather Channel. Sometimes in the past I've criticised them pretty severely for their severe weather coverage etc. However I will say that when it comes to hurricanes TWC does a major public service. As far as I know there is no other source or channel that covers potential landfalling hurricanes with possible effects to the public as well as public education and awareness like TWC. If people switch over then a week in advance they see what storm is on it's way. You get the commentary from people like Cantore, etc in the field about the issue of evacuation along with suggestions for which way to go. All this long before other news stations take it seriously.

I'd have to stand up and give them a pretty big applause for providing the public with this often life saving information. Consider what a major landfalling disaster might be without them as a source - if only initially. Bravo!
 
Drop weather on the 8s? Lord forbid someone might want to know what the weather is doing at THEIR home.

Aaron

Every 8 minutes is too much IMO. They can use a scrolling banner to do the same thing and it not be as annoying.
Wonder why TWC is losing more and more viewers.
 
There's your problem. TWC isn't for the weather weenies (granted they do cater to them)... it's for the casual viewer who wants to flick on the tv and see their local forecast within 5min... or a travel forecast.

Aaron
 
Yes, I too think that every 8 minutes is too much...sometimes I even become quite frustrated with how frequent Local on The 8's are.
 
TWC use a scrolling banner? That means they would only hit the cities and not the local areas ...

If they could devise a new program that can be utilized by cable companies to have specialized "local" banners that would be sweet ... otherwise one of the divine inventions by TWC would be lost ....
 
There's your problem. TWC isn't for the weather weenies (granted they do cater to them)... it's for the casual viewer who wants to flick on the tv and see their local forecast within 5min... or a travel forecast.

Aaron

For most situation I would agree but during historic events like this they could change it.
 
TWC use a scrolling banner? That means they would only hit the cities and not the local areas ...

If they could devise a new program that can be utilized by cable companies to have specialized "local" banners that would be sweet ... otherwise one of the divine inventions by TWC would be lost ....

They actually started regional broadcasting this past winter. In areas of a significant weather event, TWC would keep with the weather story while the rest of the country goes to Atmospheres or Storm Stories. The only time that I think they've done this, however, was during the big blizzard in the northeast this past winter. This change was, supposedly, in response to folks complaining that TWC would go to trivial programming during serious/inclement weather.
 
TWC use a scrolling banner? That means they would only hit the cities and not the local areas ...

If they could devise a new program that can be utilized by cable companies to have specialized "local" banners that would be sweet ... otherwise one of the divine inventions by TWC would be lost ....

They actually started regional broadcasting this past winter. In areas of a significant weather event, TWC would keep with the weather story while the rest of the country goes to Atmospheres or Storm Stories. The only time that I think they've done this, however, was during the big blizzard in the northeast this past winter.



Yes that's right ... I remember seeing that at the height of something ... anyway I seriously believe my suggestion could bring back more viewership and allow TWC more extensive coverage and discussion ... but is that necessary and warrented?
 
Commercials, thinking the public's stupid

Generally, I hate the lifestyle sections, commercials on the 6s, 7s and 9s, and Storm Stories reruns. These days, that's about half of the programming on TWC. TWC anchors also don't spend enough time discussing the whys of weather, the structures that weather weenies use to make sense of it.

Maybe it's just that Chicago's full of weather nuts who select newscasts on the basis of the weather report, but here we get more indication that there are processes behind the advances of pretty blobs on the screen representing temperature and precipitation. There's even a meteorologist on Channel 7 using (and defining) words like "baroclinic" and "advection". And around here, with CLTV's weather on the 1s (imported from sister station WGN, where Tom Skilling rules), why bother with TWC?
 
I was going to start a thread about this. It seemed like it was constant commercials compared to the other news stations. While they were in breaking news mode and dropping some commerical breaks TWC didn't change a thing.

While TWC was providing a valuable public service with relevant information, I also found myself on the other networks for all the gossip and speculation.
 
Thank god for NWS websites. :-D

Boy you said it. Especially during times like these. I used to watch TWC diligently. Now I scroll past it most of the time, stopping only when Heather Tesch is on.

Mike Ridgeway
 
The Weather Channel is a good channel, however, it has some issues. First off, it's loosing focus. What does gardening have to do with weather? I want to see the latest weather events, not a guy giving tips on planting a flower. Several channels exist for that. Secondly, it seems they are trying so hard to keep a strict line-up in order. I don't know how many times the music has started playing and they have to cut off the weather guy talking. Finally, is it just me or do they show tons of commerials? I turned on the Weather Channel several times last night. Most of the time it was commerials and twice it was Local Forecast. Maybe I just caught them at bad times. Anyway, I like the Weather Channel, but I think they could change a few things.
 
Yep, definitely too many "Local on the 8's" for me during that event... So, I went with Fox News/CNN, as they were all about the hurricane, and nothing else. If you want coverage of a major event, weather or otherwise, it's best to stick with a station that actually deals in breaking events - a news station.
 
well lets just put it this way....
I spent the weekend in Shreveport visiting my grandmother and great-grandmother to celebrate my great-grandmothers bday. Well Saturday a severe east-west line of storms came down straight south from NE TX and SW ARK. I experienced severe straight line winds along w/ torrentrial rains w/ this storm. Well my grandmother doesnt have internet and the local tv stations in Shreveport do not break into programming for severe weather. SO my only source of radar was local on the 8s. Nuff said.
 
I found myself watching more CNN last night than TWC. The main reason was all the damn commercials on TWC. The local on the 8's didn't bother me too much, but all the damn commercials did. CNN was almost conitnually on the air.

Of all the reporters in the field, I did like to see Cantore and Morrow the best however.
 
Seems you folks have pretty much ignored my comments about the service to the public they offer. I often joke that they should actually be called 'The Commercial Channel' because we are so inundated with advertising. Like Jeff mentioned their target isn't the weather buff or severe meteorologist, but instead the general public that just wants a brief update on the general forecast and temps along with travel weather if they have to take a business trip, etc.

What I was talking about earlier is not the 'day before' reporting or the 'day of' reporting that the other news channels were covering as many mentioned ~ possibly better than TWC. What I am talking about is all those days in advance of the potential disaster such as Katrina before the storm is really on the radar of these other stations. It is here that TWC shines making people aware of a situation they otherwise not be aware of. That's why this is their biggest rating period because everyone knows that during hurricane season TWC covers it often intensely. I'm sure I agree with some that the format of this coverage could be improved. I particularly agree that their content and number of commercials could be improved. Then again they are in it to make money based on sponsors ads. You can bet they know their target market and what that market is expecting for weather coverage and content.

Also, I'm just saying whereas we can often complain about TWC, and we all get tired of 8's and commericals give them credit for the public awareness, education, and information they provide. I bet if TWC wasn't talking about this so much in advance and hyping it (well deserved) there would be many more people in danger or dead now. Think about this disaster event without TWC beginning a week or so in advance.
 
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