Monday, February 12, 2007

Is the Weather Radar Clear at 4, 6 and 11?

This from a tipster: "Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect for Southwest Arkansas, KATV Channel 7 is the only one that has a map up (as of 3:30 PM), 4 and 11 lagging?"

Hmm...I live in Southwest Arkansas and KARK (4), KTHV (11) and KTAL (6, Shreveport) are the only channels with no watch map up. KSLA Channel 12 (Shreveport) is running Family Feud with the map moved up to the upper left.

10 Comments:

At 6:52 PM, February 12, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

who cares

 
At 7:38 PM, February 12, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aren't NWS alerts supposed to be shown right away, usually stations have it automated.

 
At 10:10 PM, February 12, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Only for Severe Thunderstorm warnings, not watches.

 
At 1:05 AM, February 13, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Developing...

 
At 1:51 AM, February 13, 2007, Anonymous rmasters said...

KSLA once again tracking storms as a team. I guess you can't TRUST all Shreveport stations?

 
At 2:21 AM, February 13, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Newsflash:

The day you need Johnny High Pressure System to tell you what there weather is going to be like, then you need to get out more.

The day you need Alacaster Straight Line Wind to tell you that loud thunder & tons of lightning is the signal of bad weather, then you need to get out more.

On the flipside, the day you need Brock Touchdown to tell you that the Razorbacks suck, then you REALL need help!

 
At 5:25 AM, February 13, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"then you REALL need help!"

"The day you need Johnny High Pressure System to tell you what there weather is going to be like"

Your 6th grade education is showing.....

 
At 2:45 PM, February 13, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everytime the bug pops up, the met on duty should ask him/herself "Is this worth cluttering up peoples programming?" I personally don't live and die off of everything the National Weather Service says. Warnings are one thing, but watches and advisories are another. Given that there were no severe thunderstorm reports down there Monday, it was probably good judgement on the stations that DIDN'T air the watch non-stop. Why clutter up peoples programming for no good reason or put people in a frenzy over run of the mill storms?

 
At 7:11 PM, February 13, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Given that there were no severe thunderstorm reports down there Monday, it was probably good judgement on the stations that DIDN'T air the watch non-stop. Why clutter up peoples programming for no good reason or put people in a frenzy over run of the mill storms?"

Because conditions can and do change quickly, that's why. Maybe in this case, it was a good idea to back off with the graphics. But, there have been cases in the past where watches and warnings were in effect and the graphics weren't up because some sports idiot or soap opera junky could'nt get their jollies with that map cluttering the screen. "To hell with public safety, our precious little golf game is on, and Erica Cain is getting lucky, and we just don't want to mess that up."

 
At 12:38 AM, February 19, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Several years ago, the Memphis TV stations were so bad about putting the map only to announce a watch or warning.

I acutually wrote one of the Memphis mets at the time why they did not keep the map up. They were told not to clutter the screen with the map over the programming.

They had a Tornado Watch once. They only kept the map up on the screen to announce the watch. The same thing happened with the various warnings.

 

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