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Posted at 7:00 PM ET, 06/12/2008

FOX Weather: Fair and Balanced?

By Dan Stillman

FOX has a new weather Web site with an interactive weather map and pretty sweet radar. Not surprisingly, though, most storms are shown moving to the right.

By Dan Stillman  | June 12, 2008; 7:00 PM ET
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I get jokes! Nothing like the merger of CapWeath and the Washington Post and the influx of left leaning global warming garbage I have to endure daily. Here is an idea, do a piece on whatever happened to acid rain! Remember that HUGE global crisis brought on by the left in the 80's?

Posted by: Anonymous | June 12, 2008 7:39 PM | Report abuse

Here's a thought No Name, perhaps acid rain is still a problem (and it is!) but has been subsumed by climate change (a much more devastating problem that has been substantiated by 90-some % of world climate scientists, causes are still a mystery, but most agree that the rate of change directly corresponds to increases in human carbon production, crazy to have science on our side, eh?).

We have a short disaster attention span. Have you bothered noticing that NOLA is still not at all repaired? Of course not, because we've stopped reporting on it. If it doesn't get reported on does it cease to exist?

Acid rain has improved in the West because of stricter environmental laws, and a subsequent pushing of our most vile industries to places that are so-called developing. And as a result, acid rain is now a problem in Eastern Europe and mainland China and South America. Places with low regulatory systems an increased manufacturing.

But you know? All that research and connecting dots was tiring. Far easier to troll around about your so-called liberal conspiracies, so I can see why you took the path of least resistance.

Posted by: Christopher | June 12, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Oh come on now, learn to take a joke. Everyone is so caught up in who's a Democrat and who's a Republican that they lose sight of general happiness and learning to work together for the good of the people. Along with that apparently, is the loss of a sense of humor. Kick back, drink a beer, loosen up, and enjoy the non-disgusting weather for once.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 12, 2008 7:56 PM | Report abuse

I thought it was a pretty clever post, actually.

Posted by: jtf | June 12, 2008 8:19 PM | Report abuse

Oh please, acid rain was being reported in the 80's when it wasn't there. There were documented reports in heavily industrialized areas such as China and Russia where if global warming turns out to be true will be the route of it. It was so over hyped there were reports of it when it wasn't there, and I remember as a kid it was actually forecasted for some areas. Of course hundreds of years of putting bad things into the air will never be the issue, it surely is America's fault, especially W's.

And for the attention spans, don't even get me started! The media and Hollywood are the biggest criminal in all of this. It's flooding in the midwest; global warming. We had bad storms last week; global warming. There is a hurrican; global warming. They are re-opening Aspen for skiing this week for gosh sakes, where is the report on that other then from Right Wing Conspiracey King Matt Drudge?! The media just shoves the talking point facts they want you to hear down your throat, and nobody gets both sides of the story. They stopp reporting on "disasters" because they are exactly the opposite. Sure we've had Katrina, and others remotely close, but most "disasters" are common yearly occurences. I've never seen flooding in the midwest before, or a wildfire in Cali. Oh look a tornado in OK, or a Hurricane in Fla?! Your leading story tonight; Disaster!!!! What's going on in China is a friggin disaster.

I don't care that 90-something percent of scientist agree on GW. I'm sure the other side could show 90-something percent of scientist disagree. It's all in who you ask, and unless you find every single one of the %'s mean squat to me. Do we need to get away from oil for the sake of our country, yes! If it helps the enviro, fine, I'll play along.

I think what ____ was commenting on, and I agree with, is that this site used to be about getting together, discussing charts, helping those who didn't understand weather to better get what was going on and why. Just before the switch-over and now, it's laden with blogs/links to global warming stuff. I've been with this site since the beginning, and I'm super stoked to see they made it and have a whole new fan base. There are a lot of new names with educated input. However, I just don't want the site to lose what made it so great originally, and sometimes it does. I understand slow weather days, that's fine. But, I have found myself checking back less and less because of the aforementioned.

Posted by: Mot | June 12, 2008 8:35 PM | Report abuse

But Anonymous ... I would've posted this just the same had there never been a merging with wapo. Sometimes -- regardless of your political leaning -- it's hard to pass up a joke when opportunity stares you in the face.

Posted by: Dan, Capital Weather Gang | June 12, 2008 9:13 PM | Report abuse

AMEN to Mot..I think this is a great site but hearing only the (Liberal) we're all going to die because of Global Warming point of view is getting old...

Posted by: CAROLINA MIKE | June 12, 2008 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Mot -- Good to hear from you. We're thrilled you've been with us from the beginning, and hope that you'll stay aboard for a long time to come. Yes, especially on slow weather days, we have a lot more in the way of short posts/links. However, I would point out that our content on climate change is about the same as it's always been -- on average about 2 of our 20-25 posts per week (that's a pretty low percentage). I think/hope that we are still a place where people get together to discuss the weather, and in fact we seem to have more people doing that than ever before. And since the switchover, we've done quite a few posts explaining the what and why of weather, including explainers about the Burma cyclone and Suffolk tornado. Finally, while we've added to our nonforecast content, we haven't cut back on our bread and butter -- our daily forecasts -- and are providing a ton more updates during breaking weather than we ever did before. So while we appreciate the nostalgia for the old site, the truth is our content is more diverse and thorough now than it ever was before.

Posted by: Dan, Capital Weather Gang | June 12, 2008 9:28 PM | Report abuse

Wow, that's a pretty cool radar. I like how you can change between map view, terrain view and street view. But, I think I'll stick with the Wunderground though. For some reason, I really like that one.

And not to get OFF TOPIC here (LMAO...), I'm really REALLY looking forward to that 77° the NWS is showing for Wednesday in the AT A GLANCE box!

Posted by: weatherdudeVA (Lake Ridge) | June 12, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

Dan -

I will surely always be loyal to C-dub first and foremost. I know it's your business/livelihood/passion to report on weather, all aspects of it and GW is an issue today. I understand it's a small % of what you all discuss, but I suppose mainstream media is just drowning me personally with it. I guess when I see it, I often just cringe like it's followed me to a hypothetical home where I used to escape it.

In all, the new content is fantastic. I remember the days of old where on a day like today you would be lucky to have 1 comment up; now a joke (and even though I lean right, found hilareous) leads to WW3 haha. I say keep up the good work overall, the sky is the limit for you guys in my mind - best weather forecasting around. I just disagree with the opinions of certain writers who seem to think one thing about GW, and act like they are changing the minds of everyone by giving me a new link. Like I said, just my opinion.

I do have to give kudos to everybody for always keeping the discussion here mature. No drive-by commentary that is rude or rediculous. Although I do miss the guy who was all about the gov't controlling the weather with the vapor trails.

Posted by: Mot | June 12, 2008 10:38 PM | Report abuse

I thought it was clever. I'm a republican.

Posted by: Peter | June 12, 2008 10:47 PM | Report abuse

Their site doesn't work so well for me. Animation of the radar seems sloppy & jumpy. unpredictable. Then the google-layered temp map on the front main page seems to arbitrarily leave out numbers over major cities? Glad it is still in "Beta".

Posted by: Camden, Capital Weather Gang | June 12, 2008 11:09 PM | Report abuse

Mot: Thanks for the nice comment and glad you're still reading. If you don't like the climate change articles, you can skip over those but I will say that Andrew's posts are informative and entertaining even if you don't always agree with his perspectives.

Posted by: Jason, Capital Weather Gang | June 12, 2008 11:15 PM | Report abuse

I think I see a rotating system on that radar map. :-|

On a side note: Weatherunderground's "Supermap" still drubs the competition.
Why? Sortable station reports for THE ENTIRE NATION, to name just one perk. Also note the storm rendering, the worldwide scope, the animation speed and the station graphics. Fox will need years to catch up to this.

Posted by: mcleaNed | June 13, 2008 12:06 AM | Report abuse

Weatherdude, I'm waiting for it too. A cold snap!

Posted by: Murre | June 13, 2008 5:51 AM | Report abuse

First thing I thought was, "Jokes! I get jokes!" And I lean a bit to the right on some things...and to the left on others- kinda like a complex, double barrel Low pressure system. It was funny...On another note, what's CapWx's take on the situation in Cedar Rapids IA? 100 city blocks under water? Dont think it can't happen here...and in fact, NOAA thinks it will if we ever get a strong Cat 2/low end 3 (about 110-115 mph) hurricane moving at just the right speed and direction up the Bay...Currently DC has a Shelter in Place plan for this scenario, which is something that is driving all of the Feds crazy considering NOAA's storm surge projections for the Potomac and Anacostia...I saw the flooding in New Orleans -even dipped the toes of my shoes in it - and a real city flood is no joke...I still have images of Grand Forks, ND ten years ago completely under water, fires raging...ugly. I hope the good folks of Cedar Rapids get thru this.

Posted by: Dulles ARC | June 13, 2008 8:47 AM | Report abuse

You know how acid rain was controlled and mitigated? A CAP AND TRADE PROGRAM! Just like is being proposed for climate change. And you'll note our economy didn't crumble with the acid rain cap and trade - in fact in flourished.

Posted by: Southside FFX | June 13, 2008 9:56 AM | Report abuse

mcleaNed - Did you look at the entire product? I am not sure drubbing is a proper characterization.

Click on Severe Weather and Super Tracker. You will find Storm Outlooks pinpointing the location, movement and future likelihood of tornados, high winds and hail. Also, storm attributes and predictive tracking - Icons and other displays indicate speed, direction, height of the storm, and hail, just like on-air products. Not to mention the maps are much more responsive.

Posted by: Fimster | June 13, 2008 12:42 PM | Report abuse

Probbly a great weather site for those to the right of center, just like Fox's other sites!

Posted by: El Bombo | June 13, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Camden - If possible, please send us your browser/os/machine information so we can see if this is something we can improve. Thanks for looking at it. -Fimster

Posted by: Fimster | June 13, 2008 1:25 PM | Report abuse

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