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March 12, 2015 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Verizon's FiOS TV service has dropped the Weather Channel and replaced it with the just-launched AccuWeather Network, seeking to cut programming costs, Verizon said on Tuesday. "This was a decision to opt-out and not carry the Weather Channel," said Verizon spokesman Lee Gierczynski. In late 2013 and early 2014, DirecTV temporarily dropped the Weather Channel in a carriage dispute over the channel's costs and programming. DirecTV said the channel had abandoned some of its core weather programs that were popular with subscribers for reality shows to boost TV ratings.
SPORTS
October 7, 2010 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Staff Writer
One of the daily jobs of a sportswriter is to check the e-mail, which can get piled up like a hoarder's living room if you let a day or two pass. The readers write, and you almost always try to answer. (Hey, why is my nose growing?) The other stuff - advertisements, White House messages, and warnings from the system administrator that your mailbox is over its limit - get immediately ignored or deleted. Every once in a while, however, one grabs your attention and forces you to open it at the risk of infecting your laptop with the latest evil computer virus.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 23, 2010 | By Dan Gross
WHEN Maria LaRosa starts at the Weather Channel on Monday, the former CBS 3 meteorologist will be reunited with her Penn State pal Jen Carfagno , who's also on air at the Atlanta-based channel. Carfagno, who grew up in Collegeville, graduated from Perkiomen Valley High in 1994, then studied meteorology at Penn State, where she met LaRosa. The latter left CBS 3 in March and gave birth to her third child, a son, Tyler , on May 3. Carfagno, who has worked at the Weather Channel since 1998, works Philadelphia into her forecasts as much as possible and expects Jersey-raised LaRosa to do the same.
NEWS
August 4, 1989 | By Lee Winfrey, Inquirer TV Writer
Probably the most famous comment ever made about the weather was written by Charles Dudley Warner in an editorial in the Hartford Courant on Aug. 24, 1897: "Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it. " Warner's opinion has not been completely true since the day the first rain cloud was seeded, and it seems even less true since the creation of The Weather Channel. TWC doesn't attempt to change the weather but it analyzes and predicts it with a thoroughness and seriousness that surely even Warner would have admired.
NEWS
October 4, 2012 | By Anthony R. Wood, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Glenn Schwartz at NBC 10 hasn't yet posted his winter outlook, but he's already nailed one forecast. When the Weather Channel announced yesterday that it was going to begin naming winter storms à la hurricanes, he predicted a chilly reception in the weather community. "Since TWC is doing it," he said, "there's no way their competitors will follow. " This afternoon, rival weather giant Accu-Weather Inc., weighed in, and stopped short of embracing the TWC plan. "In unilaterally deciding to name winter storms, The Weather Channel has confused media spin with science and public safety," Accu-Weather founder Joel N. Myers said in a statement.
NEWS
September 8, 2004
WATCHING coverage of Hurricane Frances on the Weather Channel, I was shocked to see meteorologists giving reports from the beach and in front of exploding transformers. One reporter was almost knocked out by a steel beam that came floating her way. Have people lost the ability to see winds blowing off roofs without having someone risking their life to spell it out for them? Sending reporters out in such dangerous environments is the height of poor taste. Donna Di Giacomo, Philadelphia
NEWS
February 20, 2013
The creeping acceptance of a mercenary scheme to name winter storms is not among the most important things in the news, or even the weather. But like an ill wind, it carries an unmistakable whiff of chaos and dissipation. The system for naming hurricanes and tropical storms was developed over decades to facilitate communications about weather patterns that can endanger large swaths of the planet. Storms must reach sustained winds of at least 40 m.p.h. before they earn a name from one of several rotating lists established by an international committee of the U.N. World Meteorological Organization in Geneva.
NEWS
September 19, 1999 | By Lini S. Kadaba, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When the weather turns nasty, you can count on one thing. No, not a power outage. A TV reporter, in full foul-weather regalia, standing in the worst of it for the latest "Live Update. " Hurricane Floyd coverage last week was no different. Reporter Cindy Hamill of WCAU-TV (Channel 10), summoned to work on her day off, was packed off Thursday to windswept Long Beach Island. Meteorologist Jeff Morrow of the Weather Channel stood tall Wednesday in Charleston, S.C., despite 80-m.
BUSINESS
June 23, 2011
How about a smartphone application that claims to predict the weather a year in advance? How can anyone do that? And who's interested in such information? Questions, questions. Bill Kirk, chief executive of the company that just released the 99-cent wt360 Pro for iPhone, says his app uses statistics, math, and climate-cycle data to predict precipitation and temperatures up to 12 months ahead with about 80 percent accuracy. As to whom it could help, Kirk has his own questions: "Who's not planning a wedding, a vacation, a party, a golf trip anywhere in the world?
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May 25, 2015 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Monday before this year's Blue-White game at Penn State, football coach James Franklin was worried about the weather. It wasn't so much how his team would handle a slippery ball - Blue-White's only a scrimmage. But the annual event held in April draws 70,000 fans to campus, as well as potential recruits, and Happy Valley, he says, is happiest on a bright, sunny day. So, as game day approached, Franklin took to Twitter to get news from the most reliable source he knows for meteorological matters: Penn State's student-run Campus Weather Service.
BUSINESS
March 12, 2015 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Verizon's FiOS TV service has dropped the Weather Channel and replaced it with the just-launched AccuWeather Network, seeking to cut programming costs, Verizon said on Tuesday. "This was a decision to opt-out and not carry the Weather Channel," said Verizon spokesman Lee Gierczynski. In late 2013 and early 2014, DirecTV temporarily dropped the Weather Channel in a carriage dispute over the channel's costs and programming. DirecTV said the channel had abandoned some of its core weather programs that were popular with subscribers for reality shows to boost TV ratings.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 4, 2013 | Staff Report
Bello says she is a 'whatever'! This'll surprise some and daunt others. ICYMI, in a Nov. 29 New York Times piece, the lovely and talented Maria Bello ( Prisoners ) revealed she is in a lady-lady union with longtime friend, media exec Clare Munn . Heck, who cares, right? In 2013? Well, right or wrong, a lot of people do. Which is why a movie star says all this via the Times, right? The pivot was a direct question from Bello's son, Jackson , 12, a year after she and Clare had begun.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 8, 2013 | By Howard Gensler
OCCASIONAL Philadelphian Terrence Howard is in hot water again after being slapped with a restraining order sought by his ex-wife, Michelle Ghent . TMZ.com reported that Michelle claims that Terrence beat her up in Costa Rica last week, and she showed up in court with a black eye to "prove" it. Terrence is now forbidden from coming within 100 yards of Michelle until the couple is back in court for another hearing later this month....
NEWS
June 2, 2013 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
Seven months after the second-most-costly storm ever to strike the U.S. mainland particularly lashed the Jersey Shore, a new survey has found that only a little more than half the residents in coastal areas have taken any action to prepare for the next Superstorm Sandy. And that number that worries local emergency management officials, who say they are urging residents to prepare now for when disaster strikes again. While 58 percent of those surveyed by the American Red Cross and the Weather Channel said they were concerned about a repeat of last year, only a third have a plan that involves communicating with family members should they become separated and knowing where to go if they are evacuated, according to the study, released Friday at Red Cross headquarters in Washington.
NEWS
May 22, 2013
On the first weekend of March, having been starved for low drama by a resolutely unstormy winter, local broadcasters began calling for midweek snow with all the urgency of a pagan prayer to the elements. By the end of the week, though, the snow gods had seen fit to provide Philadelphia with only a fifth of an inch. "Where is the snow?" NBC10 meteorologist Sheena Parveen asked late on the afternoon of March 6, well after it was supposed to have been piling up. "That's the million-dollar question at this point.
NEWS
March 16, 2013 | By Peter Mucha, Philly.com
A little snow could start falling Saturday morning, and with another round possible Sunday night, but don't worry about shoveling or stocking up on groceries. Not a single advisory, watch or warning has been issued for the Philadelphia area by the National Weather Service. Storm's too puny to even earn a name from the Weather Channel. Flakes might be in the air in the city and suburbs Saturday morning, but they shouldn't add up to much in the city, not with temperatures remaining above freezing, said meteorologist Larry Nierenberg of the National Weather Service in Mount Holly.
NEWS
March 9, 2013
By Michael Bradley Like most well-prepared Philadelphia storm veterans, I spent part of Wednesday afternoon at the grocery store. There was a difference between my visit and most pre-snow forays: I wasn't accumulating the ingredients for French toast. I legitimately needed something for dinner. Honest. Like just about everyone else in the area, I awoke Thursday to a dry track. Not a flake of snow could be found, especially not the dense, "heart attack" variety that was destined to spawn a series of widowmakers among Delaware Valley shovelers.
NEWS
February 28, 2013 | By Peter Mucha, Philly.com Staff Writer
What's up with the Weather Channel naming a scourge of winter after a beloved Philly icon? Yo, can you believe it? The big storm sweeping the country is named Rocky ? As in Rocky Balboa? As in the title boxer of the 1976 best-picture winner? The guy who famously ran up the Art Museum steps to a tune often played at Philly sporting events? Well, not exactly. Maybe yes. Maybe no. Even if Rocky's trainer, Mickey, did famously declare, "You're gonna eat lightnin' and you're gonna crap thunder!"
NEWS
February 28, 2013 | By Peter Mucha, Philly.com Staff Writer
It's possible - fingers crossed - the worst is over for Philadelphia this winter. It's a swing and a miss for winter storm Rocky - as named by the Weather Channel - which is heading toward New England after dumping lots of snow across the Midwest. Although the Poconos got a bit icy and dicey this morning, Philly saw only rain. February ends Thursday, and the National Weather Service forecast for the next week shows not a sign of flurries, flakes, slush or sleet for Philadelphia.
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