Friday, December 6, 2013

How Big Is Your Doppler? Do You Like My 'Pin-Point' Doppler? The Bay Area TV Doppler Fetish

 Among the most irritating things about the infatuation with our weather here by the weather guessers is everyone's radar is better than everyone else's.
 
First, it was Doppler. But mere Doppler wasn't good enough so we had "high-image" Doppler radar which also became inferior and outdated, enter "pinpoint Doppler radar", I'm sorry but they all look the same to me.
 
I know how much life wouldn't exist without your Doppler, don't get me wrong but I'm sort of sick of all of it.
 
For one, if Doppler was so great then why do most of the weather people miss the forecast? Pinpoint radar? How about just looking out of the goddamned window for a change!
 
Every station is going gung-ho weather this week as if they have nothing else to report. I call it the weather-fetish. I don't trust weather people nor do I want to look at any of them unless Christina Loren or Roberta Gonzales is forecasting. You want an idea? Give me pinpoint Doppler on both Christina and Roberta and I'll be a happy camper.
 
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33 comments:

  1. I can't understand why certain anchors dont listen to the weather reports. Liz Cook continues to wear sleeveless shirts when its record lows. This isnt LA. Wake up !! I turn the channel everytime. Sorry.

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    1. I permanently turned the channel, just last month.

      But I still sorta like KPIX - will someone let me know when Liz has returned to the southland?

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  2. Sir, watch a weather segment from the ABC O&O in Los Angeles:

    ABC7 MEGADOPPLER 7000 HD

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    1. Boy, that's some serious insecurity! Probably drives a red sports car too.

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    2. Somebody in LA has a small penis.

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  3. "How about just looking out of the GD window? " I agree, many of us have stopped trusting our own five or six senses, and have allowed the gadgets to do most of our ''heavy thinking". I've heard numerous reports of people being incorrectly instructed by their guaranteed GPS, only to wind up driving into the San Francisco Bay or some deep ravine hidden by bushes. There are probably APS or gadgets that will tell you who to marry, divorce, hire or fire. Astrology used to fill that void of magical thinking, now is Apple or others. What's YOUR Sign for Success?

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    1. > "How about just looking out of the GD window? "

      Yeah, works really well when you're in San Francisco trying to forecast tomorrow's weather in Napa.

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  4. Doppler? I don't even know 'er!

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    1. {ba-DUM-bop!}

      "Thank you, enjoy the buffet!"

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  5. I rely on NOAA for my weather. It has weather, wind, wave, swell, and tide. All I need for Monterey Bay and SF Bay. TV weather? Meh. Useless readers.

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    1. And to add, where do you think the TV and radio boneheads get their weather reports? NOAA.

      Then they add their unique fluff and WHA-LA, SHAZAM, a special, customized, INFORMED, exclusive-only-heard-here weather report.

      Does anyone believe these stations designed and launched their own weather satellite? I sure hope not but the public has proved to be gullible.

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    2. No question but that NOAA (Reno) has by far the most accurate forecasts for the Sierra and Tahoe, day in and day out. The Weather Channel, holed up in windowless rooms in Atlanta, is the absolute worst. Local TV falls somewhere in between.

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  6. Since we're talking about weather departments here's one for your investigative reporting, Rich: why does Sandhya Patel have her eyebrows tattooed onto her face. (The real ones are shaven.) I worked at KGO for seven years and never got up the nerve to ask her, but I did ask others in the newsroom and nobody knew.

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    1. So she won't look like Juliette Goodrich!!!! I always thought stations had hair and makeup "artists" but I guess not over at KPIX.

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    2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAsiPntIMJ0

      Yikes. Pretty woman, but is terribly misguided with her technique.

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  7. Rich only wishes he had a doppler!

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    1. Rich does have a doppler, it's tiny!

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  8. What is the latest news regarding Fox wanting to buy KRON?

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  9. It's still just the NWS radar rebranded for the stations own taste. Kinda like those fake news helos in most large cities now.

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  10. doppler 70000000000000 is really the nexrad from nws.

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  11. I'll watch Rosemary Orozco do the weather. Same with that stacked blonde swizzle hips on KRON.

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  12. Christina likes to show the backside of her doppler.

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  13. are people really still looking to the evening news to get their weather? WeatherUnderground.com gives you up-to-the-minute weather forecasts sourced both from the NWS and BestForecast™ which uses the 1000's of professional and backyard weather stations linked to WU to provide truly amazing/pinpoint forecasts… oh, and there's an app for that...

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  14. > I always thought stations had hair and makeup "artists" but I guess not
    > over at KPIX.

    Not over at any of them. They were all laid off long ago, though when I was there KTVU had one for guests who came on the air (mostly for the morning show). She was hot and wore leather pants. I tried to find a lot of excuses to wander over to the green room.

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  15. Didn't you know? Christine wrote a book about dopplers!

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  16. On the NOAA website,you can type your address and they will give you the exact forecast for your home. Even how much above sea level you are (cold air drains,good for plants) to the exact foot. And of course you get a photo of the old casa and a nice X" marks the spot on the roof of your house.
    For Christina Loren? It even tells you the heat going on in her bedroom..hee-hee-hee...

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  17. Has anyone else noticed this bizarre behavior on channel 4.2, channel 4's otherwise excellent digital-over-the-air broadcast weather channel? Its free, so I guess I shouldn't complain. But I will anyway.

    Here's the problem, maybe they can fix it if enough people complain: Say its 12:15 am, you just finished watching Jay Leno, and you want to go to bed. But first you look to see what the weather is going to be the next day, so you turn to channel 4.2. Hey! There's no weather info at all displayed for tomorrow. The next weather forecast is for the day after tomorrow. Very curious. Why have a weather channel in the first place if you don't provide a forecast for tomorrow?

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    1. Because at 12:15 am, "tomorrow" is today and the next day is "tomorrow." You have to check yesterday. When yesterday is still today, that is.

      And I doubt they'll fix it. Most people have smartphones or computers or something.

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  18. And with all that Doppler technology, they still grossly underestimated last night's storm. Imagine that.

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  19. Rich, I'm with you on Roberta and Christina! I say team them up with Vicki and that wood (sic) be the perfect morning news team. I don't need a detailed forecast or Doppler or "microclimates". Just tell me if it's going to be wet or dry, hot or cold. I'll grab a hat and jacket or I won't.

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  20. You see the new KPIX commercial with Roberta? Oh yeah. She looks like the leader of a 60's chick biker gang. The other guys weather nerds.

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    1. You've got fantasies of black leather running through my head. Too bad Roberta is wearing it.

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  21. In the same vein- could we stop with every story about marijuana being accompanied by an image or video of some bearded guy toking on a refer?

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