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Immensely! Computers are the difference in two ways.
First, faster computers and better data networks have enabled better computer modeling. The forecasts I make now are light years ahead of what I did when I got here.
We have an eight day forecast and even though I admit eight days might be pushing it, back in the beginning there was no way to even attempt it!
Second, better computer graphics. We can show you things visually to help make our point. These computer systems are renderless, meaning as soon as we have data we can display it on-air. Sometimes the data changes while we’re on-air, so what I saw when I ran through my sequence is now different.
David asks, “Do you keep in touch with Bob Tirado?”
No. I have no clue where he is or what he’s doing.
Keith is wondering, “Why News 8 didn’t have a little fishing report in the weather forecast. There are lots of fisherman not just boaters and it would be helpful. Do you think you would be able to relate a fishing report in with your weather?”
Keith this is a shortcoming of broadcasting. It’s tough for us to spend time on things that are unimportant to the vast majority of viewers. Only a tiny sliver of our viewers would care. The rest would be running to the exits.
This is a place where the Internet with its limitless capacity might serve us well. I’ll think about it seriously.
From Bud, who has a webtv email address! “Geoff – I’ve always been under the impression that wind doesn’t affect the reading on a thermometer. On tonights forecast you said that the wind coming on shore from the south will make the temp there about 5 degrees cooler.”
Bud, first congrats on hanging in there with webtv. I seriously hadn’t thought of that service in years.
You are correct. The wind doesn’t affect the reading. It’s where the wind takes the air–over the cool water of Long Island Sound.
During the winter the water is warmer than the land and the opposite takes place.