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Author Topic: Texas Cities misplaced on The Weather Channel's new maps  (Read 4696 times)

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Texas Cities misplaced on The Weather Channel's new maps
« on: November 24, 2013, 12:32:36 AM »

On the Weather Channel's new maps, the dots for Texas cities appear to be 30-70 miles southeast of the city's actual location. The is very irresponsible of them to display maps with this big of a error.

With them being this far off, of course, results in viewers getting a false impression that certain types of weather are expected in their city.

BTW...The new white background maps are ugly in my opinion. The brown background looked better. I , however, can understand the logic behind using the white background, because it makes it easier to see the areas that are shaded in different colors.
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Re: Texas Cities misplaced on The Weather Channel's new maps
« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2013, 02:10:42 AM »

On the Weather Channel's new maps, the dots for Texas cities appear to be 30-70 miles southeast of the city's actual location. The is very irresponsible of them to display maps with this big of a error.

With them being this far off, of course, results in viewers getting a false impression that certain types of weather are expected in their city.

BTW...The new white background maps are ugly in my opinion. The brown background looked better. I , however, can understand the logic behind using the white background, because it makes it easier to see the areas that are shaded in different colors.

Someone really blew it there. WTF? Last I checked, Amarillo was a little further NW. For sure, El Paso was a bit more west or NW.
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Re: Texas Cities misplaced on The Weather Channel's new maps
« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2013, 06:31:28 AM »

This is apparently an issue plaguing cities throughout the country. TWC is rolling out new software for the IntelliStar—the computers that generate the local forecast. The new software has misplaced cities on many units.
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Re: Texas Cities misplaced on The Weather Channel's new maps
« Reply #3 on: November 24, 2013, 11:46:22 AM »

Is New England safe?
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Re: Texas Cities misplaced on The Weather Channel's new maps
« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2013, 01:29:14 PM »

Is New England safe?

It's full of snow and Patriots fans. You tell me.
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Re: Texas Cities misplaced on The Weather Channel's new maps
« Reply #5 on: November 24, 2013, 01:49:45 PM »

The Weather Channel is only concerned about one thing: Naming Snowstorms.  Or something that could be a snowstorm.  Nevermind that some areas of the country will experience snow weekly for the next 4 months, the Weather Channel now wants to give it a name.

 In 2nd: Making sure something...anything...can be used as 'Breaking News' on their website.
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Re: Texas Cities misplaced on The Weather Channel's new maps
« Reply #6 on: November 25, 2013, 08:53:26 AM »

The new WC graphics look like something created on an Apple II! :spin:
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Re: Texas Cities misplaced on The Weather Channel's new maps
« Reply #7 on: November 25, 2013, 11:24:55 AM »

The new WC graphics look like something created on an Apple II! :spin:

I disagree, the whole refresh looks very modern, clean, and to the point, although I agree the new radar graphics are a big step down from before. Also a plus, the muzak/ soft rock background music is history as the Local on the 8's has its own theme now.

As for the topic: The 'cities in the wrong location' thing must very by region because they are only about 1-3 miles off around here.

EDIT, here is a sample clip (of the new layout):
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Re: Texas Cities misplaced on The Weather Channel's new maps
« Reply #8 on: November 26, 2013, 03:39:32 PM »

The new WC graphics look like something created on an Apple II! :spin:

I'm of the same opinion: when I first saw them, my immediate reaction was "What'd they do, go back to 1980s graphics?"
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Re: Texas Cities misplaced on The Weather Channel's new maps
« Reply #9 on: November 26, 2013, 04:06:02 PM »

It seems like they've taken their inspiration from the Android/Windows/iOS UIs for handheld devices.
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Re: Texas Cities misplaced on The Weather Channel's new maps
« Reply #10 on: November 26, 2013, 05:05:00 PM »

EDIT, here is a sample clip (of the new layout):
Okay...

1. They mark I-395 as I-95

2. They show I-90 running northeast into Winthrop, Revere & possibly Lynn; it ends at MA 1A at Logan Airport.  Assuming that the intent of the map is only showing Interstates and/or highways; what's shown is not correct.

The old graphics were more accurate IMHO.
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Re: Texas Cities misplaced on The Weather Channel's new maps
« Reply #11 on: November 26, 2013, 05:11:35 PM »

It thinks MA 3 is I-93 (which is why it's even shown at all).
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Re: Texas Cities misplaced on The Weather Channel's new maps
« Reply #12 on: December 02, 2013, 06:17:26 AM »

They must've upgraded to Windows 8.
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Re: Texas Cities misplaced on The Weather Channel's new maps
« Reply #13 on: December 03, 2013, 06:52:58 AM »

They must've upgraded to Windows 8.

The IntelliStar runs FreeBSD.
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