WEATHER CHANNEL TO USE MORE MEANINGFUL LANGUAGE IN FORECASTS
(Atlanta, GA.) Due to viewer requests, The Weather Channel is modifying the wording used in its forecasts to make them more relevant and meaningful to viewers.
"We just didn't want viewers to be put off by all the bland, scientific language," meteorologist Paul Goodloe told reporters. "Some of them are not able to comprehend big words like 'cumulo-nimbus', 'atmosphere', 'hurricane' and 'front.' So, we just want to be a little more user friendly. After all, the family that watches the Weather Channel together stays dry together."
Gardener P. Allen Smith agrees with this move. "People want to know how the weather is going to affect their plants and gardens," he said. "This new format gives viewers a deeper picture of how the weather relates to their gardens, in a way that reflects the beauty of nature."
The new phraseology will take effect immediately, but it may take some time for some viewers to adjust. "Will things improve as we head on through time?" asked meteorologist Vivian Brown. "I think they will."
Abundant sunshine - stars at night
- Tom, GA (with apologies to Emily Dickinson)
to the west in woods of pine, palmetto
- bruce JAX 9a/9b
When Arctic wind howl down the plain,
- Palm Homey
Once upon a morning dreary, while I pondered weak and weary
Ah, distinctly I remember it was in the bleak November
Presently my heart grew stronger, for the sound of rain no longer
Deep into that daylight glaring, long I stood there cursing, swearing,
Back into the kitchen turning, closing door to keep from freezing,
But I soon became disgusted, finding they could not be trusted,
Now I knew the task before me, to protect these plants so warmly
But the nighttime, e'er foreboding, now upon me came in closing,
Now the garden, it lies frozen; I'm regretting I had chosen