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Global Warming comes to the Weather Channel

by Richard Keller, posted Jul 12th 2006 5:32PM

Global Warming comes to the Weather ChannelWell, there goes one more hour where you won't learn about the F5 tornado bearing down on your town.

The Weather Channel, once home to around-the-clock local and national weather and now home to shows such as Storm Stories and the happy It Could Happen Tomorrow, will now be launching a program about global warming. Titled The Climate Code with Dr. Heidi Cullen, the weekly series, which will premiere in October, will explore the issues surrounding, and the eventual effects of, global warming. The program will feature feature experts on this environmental change, as well as people like Al Gore and Ted Turner, who are passionate about these global phenomenon and have been drilling it into our skulls for several decades now.

The Climate Code will be part of a multi-platform initiative under the name Climate Watch. In addition to The Weather Channel series a companion broadband-video website named One Degree will be launched. It will contain video developed directly for the site as well as content from The Weather Channel. The goal of One Degree, according to Interactive VP of broadband and consumer applications Matthew De Gannon (put that on a business card), will be to provide an added dimension of how the global changes are affecting the lives of individuals, families, businesses and communities.

All I want to know is how soon Wilmington, Delaware will be a beach front community.

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Bob

"There is a rather large consensus among them that Global Warming and Global Cooling are cyclical."

Unfortunately Warren, this is incorrect. There is consensus that global climate change (media types call it Global Warming) is *not* cyclical and that humans are contributing. I would like to see the peer reviewed scientists who disagree, other than Gray who is resistant to anything but direct obs research and Lindzen who is a smart scientist but highly contrarian in general.

July 20 2006 at 2:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Warren

I don't think ignorance is bliss. Bliss was when the Weather Channel stuck to the weather instead of getting into politics. I was concerned about global warming and what we can do to reverse the trend. I checked into the claims on both sides and found that there are hacks out there on each side of the issue which makes me wonder what is their motivation.
The phrase "follow the money" isn't just an empty statement, unfortunately.
"Everyone" is selling books, making films, getting paid for speeches and on and on.

The "99.9%" of the real scientists ED refers to are the same group that, back in the 70's, was warning us about global cooling and the impending ice age just around the corner.

My "quest" has been to find scientists who aren't selling books or collecting money from far right or far left "pressure groups", and are not politically motivated. Thankfully there are some of them out there. There is a rather large consensus among them that Global Warming and Global Cooling are cyclical. There have been "several" ice ages after all, and to take a "small snapshot in time" and then manipulate the facts for personal gain is shameful thing to do.

Unfortunately, Al Gore is one of them. His "movie" made baseless statements that even some of his supporters backed away from when questioned.

If you follow the money trail it, fortunately, ends up in the Global Warming community. "Fortunately" because I know now that we are NOT doomed to see both coast lines end up 100' underwater. I think it is safer to say that "knowledge is bliss". Ignorance is...just that.
The 8,000 year old "event" Sion talks about...what was the cause? Automobile emissions? Pollution? Sion said it sounded "counter-intuitive"...EXACTLY.
That's what I mean...we should stop believing this stuff without verifying it.

Check out, as in go to the library, Al Gore's book and fact check it. WORK at it and find the unbiased data to back up the claims he made. He needs money, and publicity, for his next political move.
I will not vote for him this time!

July 16 2006 at 8:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sion

It could happen tomorrow is really great stuff. They were on top of Katrina before it happened - the "lost episode" was a superb lesson in how cutting edge climate science can prepare us for major disasters with all that detailed knowledge and models with computers and all those high powered weather instruments. Kinda freaky was the precision of the predictions. I would prefer to continue the interesting documentaries on TV to get people passionate about cutting edge climate science. BTW Jim Kantouri is simply the greatest TV meteorologist in the USA, and storm stories rocks! That's the weather channel. These guys are onto the weather like no other. I can't wait for the climate code to get some detailed information about global warming. Al Gore was ok but he was more into the political implications rather than the hard science details. They already did global warming stuff on the weather channel and guess what: global warming could cause an ice age! Sounds counter-intuitive but there was the "8,000 year event" (8,000 years ago) that caused a rapid ice age when the earth was warming up like the present. Just shows that global warming the current trend could set off processes that cause cooling in the future. The moral is that global warming may not necessarily equal a hotter world, but it will cause catastrophic climate change, eg, ice age!

July 16 2006 at 1:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ed

So in Brent and Katie's world, we would ignore what 99.9% of real (not industry paid) scientists have been warning about about for decades.

Ignorance is must be bliss.

July 13 2006 at 1:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brent

Yeah Katie is right.

I would add that the Weather Channel used to be neutral and gave only facts (which I liked). Now it has a political agenda. It sounds like this show will start with the premise that humans caused small temp increases and here is why you should believe it. That is not how news should be.

Also Weather Channel overhypes storms to get ratings. Category 1 hurricanes get way too much hype. It's disappointing what WC has become.

July 13 2006 at 1:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Katie

As a meteorologist working in local TV news (and a huge TV junkie), I just wanted tell your readers how disappointed many broadcast meteorologists are with the Weather Channel. That innovative network once provided viewers with all of the current weather information they could digest. You could tune in at any time to see the local radar, or video from tornado damage 1500 miles away. But now they're going to fill another hour of the day with hypothetical situations and scare tactics about "what could happen tomorrow!" It's just disappointing to weather lovers like myself and others.

July 12 2006 at 11:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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