News Organizations Embarrass Themselves with Terrible Tropical Weather Reporting

EDITORIAL: Don’t even get me started on what meteorologists really do when they report on storms and other natural disasters. Our media is so corrupt, they will lie and run fake imagery to change what is happening outside and can endanger lives.

They will sacrifice entire areas to ‘save’ others. Much of it is about money and elitism. But it is also about devaluing one human’s life while overvaluing another’s.

One day I’ll write more about this corruption in our weather reporting system. Until then, know that if they’ll lie to us about the weather, they’ll lie to us about anything!

For those following Foxx Media Group, I can tell you that there is little to no coverage on what Hurricane Hermine has done and its’ remnants continue to do TODAY here north of Tampa Bay.

There is massive flooding. There’s mandatory evacuations. There’s rescues by boat. There’s 59 shelters open. And Governor Scott visited Cedar Key. Our liberal media pimps have talked about none of this. Before and during the initial storm, we had to watch the news loops to get to news on what was happening right here around us. We have gone to the internet and hunted down the resources to educate ourselves because media is not covering anything here in Tampa Bay.

Turn on The Weather Channel today and there’s non-stop coverage of North Carolina and what’s coming to the upper east coast. While Florida and Georgia are still dealing with the effects, they’re on hypermode for something that is still days away!

Research Hurricane Charlie from 2004. Officials admit they lied when they didn’t warn Punta Gorda and surrounding areas that the hurricane had shifted and was now head toward their area. When we could’ve had at least 3 hours to take cover, instead they gave us 20 minutes notice. Why? Because they’d evacuated 300k out of Pinellas County and didn’t want them on the road heading home. So they met, discussed and made the decision to not update their coverage. They chose to sacrifice 50k citizens in and around Punta Gorda instead!

Imagine when you hear they made this choice about our lives. Imagine realizing they ran a fake loop for 3 hours while citizens sat thinking they were safe. 

That’s when you realize if they’ll lie about the weather and make decisions about your lives as ‘collateral damage’, they’ll lie about anything for whatever purpose they deem more important than your lives or your futures!

There’s a whole lot of coverage on Hurricane Hermine that has been left out. The fact they weren’t even mentioning its’ existence as shown below has got to make us all ask why? And there should’ve been watches and warnings issued but every single one for Tampa Bay has been too little, too late but there none the less. It appears as though they had no idea what was really happening, most likely because they’re too busy bashing Donald Trump. 

I even wonder if they’re ignoring Florida storm systems because Hillary just lost major ground and Florida is a much needed state for the Democrats now!

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Washington Post By Jason Samenow August 29

For the last week or so, forecasting the weather in the tropical Atlantic Ocean has been a bit of an adventure. Communicating it to the public has been even harder.

Yet just when circumstances call for conveying a nuanced and carefully crafted message, some media organizations are making this impossible by pushing out scary and totally false information to their millions of followers.

It’s irresponsible and needs to stop.

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The Daily Mail wins the prize for the most appalling tropical weather reporting. In a tweet and corresponding online story published Monday morning, it totally botched describing what is happening in the tropics. So much is wrong with its reporting that it is hard to know where to begin.

Its tweet says “Hurricane Gaston strengthens in Florida Straights causing warnings.” Hurricane Gaston is in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, nowhere near the Florida Straits, and no threat to any land. There are no warnings associated with this storm.

In the tweet’s corresponding story, everything about its opening paragraph, or its lede, is erroneous: “A tropical storm warning has been issued for the coast of North Carolina and Florida as Hurricane Gaston barrels towards the coast with 120mph winds.”

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To begin, a tropical storm watch, not a warning, is in effect for the Outer Banks of North Carolina. As for Florida, there are no tropical storm watches or warnings in effect. And again, Tropical Depressions 8 and 9 may affect these two states, not Hurricane Gaston.

The story, published early Monday morning, wasn’t revised and corrected until late Monday afternoon.

The flurry of flawed tropical weather reporting started Friday with USA Today when it tweeted: “Florida braces for a double whammy: Hurricane watch and #Zika virus.” A hurricane watch has a very specific meaning — that at-least-tropical-storm-force winds could begin within 48 hours — and there was no watch in effect. In fact, at that very moment, the National Hurricane Center was lowering its probabilities that a tropical depression or storm would form within 48 hours.

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USA Today’s weather editor, Doyle Rice, admitted the tweet was “a boo-boo on our part” and that it was written by a “social media editor” who did not know the meaning of the term. It appears to have been deleted.

But USA Today, just Monday morning, sent out a second misleading tweet. The text of the tweet, “Two separate tropical depressions are threatening the East and Gulf Coasts” is fine, but the accompanying image shows a full-fledged hurricane bearing down on the Carolinas rather than an image of either (or both) depression(s). This is deceptive and may needlessly scare residents and vacationers.

It later issued a correction.

Over the weekend, another major media organization, NBC Nightly News, incorrectly tweeted that “Hurricane churning in the Atlantic threatens to dump heavy rain on Florida amid Zika fears,” when that was not the case. It subsequently corrected the tweet.

These media organizations need to radically tighten up their fact-checking of tropical weather information, especially on social media. Somebody who has experience covering U.S. tropical weather needs to vet information before it is pushed out.

If there is no one in these newsrooms who has some weather competency, they have no business reporting on it. (Of course, we know USA Today and NBC News have experienced weather staff; they need to be engaged in social media dissemination.)

In putting out false or misleading information, these organizations are doing the public a disservice and making it much harder for responsible, trusted weather experts to do their jobs. Weather fact-checking must be a much higher priority than it currently is.

 

 

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