March 12, 2015 |
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.
October 7, 2010 |
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.
June 23, 2010 |
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.
August 4, 1989 |
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.
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.
October 4, 2012 |
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.
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
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.
September 19, 1999 |
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.
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?