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Old 10-06-2009, 11:02 AM
 
Location: Golden, CO
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You can go here to see the old maps. I have this link of favorites, because it took some time for me to remember where they were at:

weather.com - Map Room - Satellite Map, Weather Map, Doppler Radar US Current Weather
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Old 10-06-2009, 05:20 PM
 
Location: Arkadelphia,Arkansas
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I like The Weather Channel,but I use NOAA.gov for my online weather. I will say that my Dad loves weather.com
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Old 10-07-2009, 07:09 AM
 
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Here's some suggestions. If they want to add some new topics of interest( but not hype them) they could do a daily segement on the sun. Just note whether or not there are significant sunspots or not and how that affects the earth. low sunpsot activity means cooler temperatures, more sunpsot activity or flare outbreaks mean higher temps and geomagnetic interference of satellite and radio signals. Just a minute or two a day. Then they could do a few minutes noting where earthquakes have occurred throughout the world, not just major ones causing disasters but also minor ones, especially ones in the USA that might have been felt. Check out daily earthquakes on the web and it gets interesting and you begin to see patterns. How about some shots and monitoring of major bird migration routes and track them? That could be done for a few minutes a day.
Harvest forecasts and results. There is so much more to reporting weather than just saying what is coming down where or how hard the wind is blowing. You have reporters chasing storms, they could be sent out covering more interesting meteoroligical events.
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Old 10-07-2009, 10:34 AM
 
Location: Parker, CO
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Thank you for providing this survey link. I just took the survey. It was a bit long, but it was nice to voice my irritation about how far the Weather Channel has gone downhill over the past year or so. I specifically stated in the survey that they need to go back to their roots, or they can expect to see their ratings plummet.

Maybe we should all go down to Atlanta to riot in front of their studio!
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Old 10-07-2009, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Syracuse IS Central New York.
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What's interesting is that just about everyone on this thread is fundamentally saying the same thing: get back to the basics of weather, and reduce/eliminate the glitz. If TWC actually did that, they might find increased ratings with their core viewers, instead of driving them away.
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Old 10-08-2009, 03:17 PM
 
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I think Al and Stephanie are individually silly! I watch the weather channel to receive facts and graphs, charts, and analysis about the weather. They don't bring a thing to that....in fact they distract. The weather channel really does not have any substantial competition so why are they going to great extent to add to what they do well? Is the marketing department looking for reward?

If I am looking for silliness, there are lots of programs and people that deliver! I have watched the weather channel since it's inception for what it delivers. Al and stephany make me angry! James Hale
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Old 10-08-2009, 06:11 PM
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Location: America's Kakistocracy
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I still watch the Weather Channel a bit. It’s just not as good as it used to be, though. After the big ‘shakeup’ a while back, my viewing time has gone down a lot. They canned some of my favorite personalities. They totally screwed the music (I used to just leave it on while I was doing other things for the cool music they sometimes played). They shuffled all of the people around (those who remain) so that there is no ‘personality’ at a given time of day. And now, they have this Al thing: nothing against him personally, but if I wanted to see network news and weather (I don’t), I would just watch it. I don’t like the little news blurbs they’ve thrown in either.

I’ve never really minded the storm stories specials and some of the others they used to show (I really liked the one about the lady in Antarctica who got cancer and was rescued, and one they just recently reaired about Donora ??? PA and the pollution inversion – interesting stuff).

I think the quality of their presentation has gone down as well. Even some of the folks I used to really like seem to have lost something. For instance, I like Heather Tesch, but she has become quite annoying the last little while for some reason. The only one I think still does a really good job most of the time is Kim Perez. But she’s hardly ever on. Bill Keneely is very good as well.

As a side note: the funniest moments I’ve ever seen on the Weather Channel is when Marshal Seese (retired a while back) said that there was golf-ball-sized-tennis-balls coming from a thunderstorm... and then he didn’t know how to cover himself. Or when Jennifer Lopez (I think it was her) was anchoring and had Mike Bettes drop the f-bomb by accident while out on assignment (with the camera on).
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