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Things I Hate About TV: Constant reminders that it's hot outside

by Joel Keller, posted Jul 18th 2006 3:03PM
WCBS logoWhy do local TV stations think we're not aware of the weather that is going on all around us? Right now, the Northeast is experiencing a pretty bad heat wave, with temperatures in the high 90s - low 100s and high humidity. Even though you might have your air conditioner on, you still feel that steamy stickiness, even it's just left over from your commute. But, for some reason, WCBS in New York has decided that you need a constant reminder that it's hot outside.

They've decided to stick a "Heat Alert" box in the lower left-hand corner of the screen, showing the current temperature. So, just in case you don't realize that it's already in the 90s, you can be told while watching the latest episode of The People's Court. Jeez. Look, it's 91! Oh, wait, wait... it's 92! Woweee, it's 97! No, wait... 95! Note to WCBS: we know it's hot out there. We've taken two showers already, and earlier today we let a lawn sprinkler spray us while we were in our work clothes. We don't need the reminder. You're just making us feel hotter with that damned box.

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The weather reports here in Tampa, Florida drive me nuts. I am originally from New England and the weather reports here in Tampa are twice as long. Except when a hurricane is on the way they should be able to do the weather in a snap, but no it takes forever. Every day a typical weather report should be it's gonna be very hot and it will rain sometime in the afternoon, yet the weather report seems to go forever. Not only telling me it is going to be hot in my town, but get this the town next to me will be hot.

July 19 2006 at 8:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Gentlemen. For those of you who are unable to read between the lines. The news last night wasn't only about the weather. If you paid close attention, virtually every comment was about how hot weather often leads to blackouts due to air conditioner over use.
Therefore the news was saying, without being so blunt, "Yes. There have been terror attacks throughout the world, hezbollah has threatened the us. Buildings have blown up in NYC, there have been tsunamis in asia and tornados in westchester. If the power goes out, remain calm. As you know, it's very hot out. If the power goes out, it's not a sign of a terror attack or natural disaster. Please be aware."

Guess some of you needed it spelled out. Just like closed captioned for the hard of hearing.

July 19 2006 at 7:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

"Wow, that sounds incredibly offensive."

How is that offensive deaf people use CC it is why CC exist and dumb people need a weatherbox.

For example all day long in NYC they annouced fierce thunderstorms now I went out tonight and brought an umbrella.

Guess who was running around like fools scared of lightning and getting wet...hmmm....some dumb people who heard the report once and looked out the window earlier and said "that weather guy is wrong" it is these people who need a thousand warnings.

July 19 2006 at 1:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

"Just like deaf people have closed captioning this weather box is for the stupid."

Wow, that sounds incredibly offensive.

July 19 2006 at 12:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gus Jenkins

No more annoying then them telling you it's snowing outside in the winter, when you can look out your window.

July 18 2006 at 7:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

As annoying as that weather tendency of newscasters is, the number one annoyance for me was calling every freakin' storm a "Nor'easter". Not only is the term annoying (and an inaccurate contraction), it is overused even in context as a storm of such magnitude is rare.

July 18 2006 at 7:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'd rather have a small temp guage than what we get here in Denver during severe weather (usually about 100-200 miles away - no kidding) - the picture is squished (my favorite is squished from just the bottom so everyone looks mutated) and a huge "BEEP BEEEP BEEEEEP" shouts over the dialogue, usually at an important moment. I've never understood why they do this for weather so far out of the range - and who cares?????

July 18 2006 at 5:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bob Sassone

Seriously, this irritates me too. It's the number one story on every single station in New England. And I was thinking, they could just rerun a tape of the same story they ran in 2005 or 2002 or 1999, and we wouldn't know the difference. Graphic of a thermometer, reporter in front of a pool or the beach, shot of the local hardware store running out of fans and air conditioners, advice to drink a lot of water and avoid physical activity. Ugh!

July 18 2006 at 5:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

In case you haven't heard it's hot outside, not inside, outside.

July 18 2006 at 4:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Just like deaf people have closed captioning this weather box is for the stupid.

Remember the hurricane "victims" get ten days early of warning and still some drown.

I don't mind as long as no one can complain that they didn't know or they weren't warned. It cuts down on lawsuits.

July 18 2006 at 4:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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