• http://twitter.com/TimBuckleyWX Tim Buckley

    Well said Brad. I think when it comes to communication, we have a long way to go before we are sending a strong, unified, clear message to the public.

  • http://mostlyquestions.wordpress.com Bernard Shuford

    In my world, this is referred to as a “pissing contest”. In other words, NWS doesn’t want to be bound by names that are generated by somebody else. And THEY don’t think the names are a good idea. So, we, the consumers and citizens, are stuck with self centered idiots controlling information. NWS could shut down TWCs efforts easily by having their own names.

    • wxbrad

      I agree that it appears this way right now. Maybe this was the intention of TWC to try and spur the NWS into action. They can be painfully slow to adapt to better ways of doing things sometimes. Typical for a government agencies.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=36601554 Justin Abbott

    Nonsense. The main purpose of the TWC is not at all (at least not anymore) about dispensing vital information. Rather it is about promoting Coast Guard Alaska, Iceberg Hunters (how the hell is that even a show?), Pyros, and other useless reality TV. It surprises me that TWC didn’t name any storms after people “starring” in any of those shows (or maybe they did and I just never watch them). Next year, watch TWC include sponsors in their storm names (“stay tuned for another Winter Storm ‘Home Depot’ update”). And while TWC will never admit to it, ratings, not science or public safety, are the reason that this is happening. They get more eyes on their *cough* “weather coverage” *cough* when there’s a “named” storm. They need as many days out of the year where there’s “threatening” weather–and there’s nothing going on during the winter in the tropics. Gosh, that sounds a lot like sensationalizing weather for the purpose of selling advertising, no? Rest In Peace, TWC.

  • http://www.facebook.com/BeauDodson Beau Dodson

    I wonder if TWC approached the NWS ahead of time concerning this subject. Would be curious to know how the process unfolded.

    • wxbrad

      They did not, but wish they did or the AMS, NWA or someone.

  • Baday57

    Today’s media seems to want to be bigger than the story. The naming of winter storms is just one more example of a person or organization becoming the story, in this case not the actual storm. TWC has lost it’s focus, and wants to provide “entertainment”. Justin raises some very valid points, and very scary predictions. I can see “this storm is brought to you by gore tex” blah blah blah. TWC naming storms in my case was the final straw. That is, I cancelled my cable. And I cannot get satellite here. I do not miss it one bit. Besides, if one were to believe TWC one would never leave the house. Either 2-4 feet of snow, or severe storms are always being forecast. I live in a snow belt, we get about 1/4 of the snow that is predicted. There was a time TWC was a good station providing very useful information. Alas, fare thee well, TWC. I barely knew ye.

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