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SarasotaRepub
07-04-2012, 09:23 AM
MUAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!! (http://www.democraticunderground.com/1002900324) :evil-grin:




Wed Jul 4, 2012, 08:47 AM
n2doc



Fans Howl After Weather Site Buys Out Rival

By JOHN SCHWARTZ and BRIAN STELTER
Published: July 3, 2012

It’s stormy out there.


The announcement on Monday that the Weather Channel Companies, owners of television’s Weather Channel and weather.com, would buy one of its rivals, Weather Underground, set off howls of displeasure on social media platforms and around water coolers across the nation. The purchase price was not disclosed.

In the eyes of Weather Underground’s ardent fans, the Weather Channel appears to represent the wrong kind of weather information: personality-driven sunniness and hype, they say, rather than the pure science of data. As Mike Tucker, a computer professional in New Hampshire, put it on Facebook, reacting to news of the deal: “Nooooooooooooooooo! Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!”

The controversy illustrates the deep national divide between those people who just want to know if it’s going to rain, and people who really, really, care about the data underlying the weather. Christopher Maxwell, a manager at a solar energy company in Richmond, Va., is in the really-really-cares-about-the-weather camp. He said he saw the Weather Channel deal as a sad sellout for Weather Underground.

“It seems to happen all the time,” he said. “Something great gets invented and sold in the United States, and it gets bought up and destroyed.”

Weather Underground was founded in 1995 in Ann Arbor, where it grew out of the University of Michigan’s online weather database. The name was a winking reference to the radical group that also had its roots in Ann Arbor. Mr. Maxwell said he appreciated Weather Underground’s fanatical devotion to data, and how it drew information from so many thousands of weather stations run by users that he is able to determine “microclimates” of variation that can prove important in getting the most out of a new solar installation.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/04/us/as-weather-channel-buys-weather-underground-fans-fear-change.html?hp







Oh Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!




Response to n2doc (Original post)
Wed Jul 4, 2012, 08:51 AM

malaise

1. This is truly depressing












Response to malaise (Reply #1)
Wed Jul 4, 2012, 09:11 AM
KoKo (http://www.conservativeunderground.com/?com=profile&uid=106358) (65,775 posts)


7. Guess who bought them out... Bain Capital, Comcast and the Blackstone Group!




from the article:

Weather Underground’s devotion to weather data has brought the site about 10 million unique visitors a month, according to the measurement firm ComScore, and has helped it to remain an independent company for the better part of two decades. A similar site, WeatherBug, draws 21 million visitors a month. (WeatherBug is owned by Earth Networks.)

Both sites, however, are dwarfed by Weather.com and the other properties owned by the Weather Channel, which is owned by a consortium that includes Comcast, Bain Capital and the Blackstone Group. The Weather Channel sites draw almost 50 million visitors a month. But only half of Weather Underground’s users also use Weather.com in a given month, which might be considered a silent protest of sorts.

Every so often one of the bosses of the Weather Channel had tried to buy Weather Underground, company officials said, and every so often the site politely declined. But this time was different





Their howls are like music...:biggrin-new:

Hubie
07-05-2012, 11:47 AM
Well, I like the site and this is sad news, but hopefully the Weather Channel won't change too much. In any case, I'll just shrug my shoulders, realize that this is America where these things happen, and get over it.




There. I'm done.

Rockntractor
07-05-2012, 11:55 AM
Crap, where to go now for weather without global warming propaganda?

noonwitch
07-05-2012, 01:12 PM
Well, I like the site and this is sad news, but hopefully the Weather Channel won't change too much. In any case, I'll just shrug my shoulders, realize that this is America where these things happen, and get over it.




There. I'm done.


If TWC bought the site because it is profitable, they really wouldn't need to change it much.

I don't really watch the Weather Channel, but I watch their channel with the local radar and forecast-it's easier to check than waiting for Channel 4's "On the 4s" (every ten minutes) reports. Then I have to watch the annoying local news people-for most of them, the Detroit market is the biggest they'll ever work in, so they think they are really important people.

txradioguy
07-05-2012, 01:29 PM
Crap, where to go now for weather without global warming propaganda?

Thats why I just use the app and not the website. No way to fit their propaganda onto an iPhone app.

Gina
07-06-2012, 11:23 AM
I have U-Verse which has a weather app channel that gives weather news how you want. You click either 6 day forecast, hourly (shows the weather for every 3 hours coming up) and so on. They also have a radar and video if you want to watch like 1 min of weather news. I like it.

Watching the local weather station is usually boring. Although I do like Bill Steffen. He says stuff like "if it rains today you can throw me in the Grand River". We saw him in a grocery store once after he said that and we all laughed about it. He's a nice guy. :smile-new:

Elspeth
07-06-2012, 07:50 PM
Well, I like the site and this is sad news, but hopefully the Weather Channel won't change too much. In any case, I'll just shrug my shoulders, realize that this is America where these things happen, and get over it.




There. I'm done.

The fact that Mitt's former company bought it out is depressing. Romney just gets forced down people's throats again and again.