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  •  no, it's not like that at all. (2+ / 0-)
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    The Free University of Berlin maintains the program.  The history is explained here.  The names pay for the meteorology department.

    I really don't see the big deal that weatherdude is making here. I have no problem with the Weather Channel naming winter storms--a practice already done overseas. For tracking purposes it's just a smart idea. Whether the weather service gets on board---I don't know or care if they do. But I really think he's quite offbase with this "they're challenging the Weather Service's authority", a claim offered without evidence other than that TWC is owned by Bain and NBC Universal.

    pseudoscience can kill

    by terrypinder on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 03:55:09 PM PST

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    •  Terry, if you look at the reasons and the methods (5+ / 0-)

      they use to do this, I can agree with what they are doing.  The University needed funding for its meteorology department and it looks like you buy the name using an ebay auction.  The Free University of Berlin isn't a multinational trying to earn a buck and usurp the domain of the government run NWS.  If TWC sets something up like the University in Berlin, and donates the money to a Meteorology school then maybe I would give them a pass.

      Also, from what I recall living in the northeast, someone seemed to be giving names (I don't think it was the Weather Channel) to the Nor'Easters that hit us which were used by all of the local Connecticut stations for tracking.  That system seemed to work fine.

      I haven't been here long enough to be considered a Kossack, does that mean that I'm just a sack?

      by Hey338Too on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 04:26:45 PM PST

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      •  there's no evidence the WeatherChannel (3+ / 0-)
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        is trying to usurp any of the fed's domain.

        They're not Accuweather. They didn't sign on to Santorum's bill.

        It is true that they've changed from a commercial for-profit educational service to a commercial for-profit entertainment service that's generally crap these days. But to say "oh, they're trying to take the NWS's services over" is not true at all. They can't. Their data comes from the Weather Service and they acknowledge that during weather events. I don't even like the Weather Channel anymore, but there are serious allegations being made here that just don't seem to have any evidence behind them.

        I think it's a cheap shot to link the Bain name, which will cause knees to jerk here, with some nefarious plot that has not been proved that the Weather Channel is part of. That's just me.

        If people say this will affect public safety, well then there's a case to be made. But given that the Weather Channel is now all FEAR FEAR FEAR DOOM DOOM DOOM all the time now, I doubt that. On the other hand there's an argument and a growing body of research that people tune out FEAR FEAR FEAR DOOM DOOM DOOM after awhile. That said, I think TWC and media outlets did pretty well with Sandy, where in some aspects, the Weather Service did not (there's a pretty major discussion going on about this in a lot of venues--and the government will address them over the winter and spring.

        pseudoscience can kill

        by terrypinder on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 05:21:42 PM PST

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