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Weather Channel’s Cheap Tricks

September 14, 2018

By Paul Homewood


Surely the Weather Channel would not resort to cheap tricks like this?



It recalls the same tricks from the media when “Hurricane Irene” dropped a few inches of rain on New York in 2011!!



  1. HotScot permalink
    September 14, 2018 10:59 pm

    No doubt we’ll see this reported on the BBC…….Not!

  2. bobn permalink
    September 14, 2018 11:11 pm

    And they wonder why we accuse them all of Fake news (and fake science). Main stream media – faking news since 1929.

  3. September 15, 2018 3:29 am

    The media has zero credibility

  4. Athelstan permalink
    September 15, 2018 6:48 am

    oh dear, I’ve told them a trillion times and more – to stop exaggerating!

    Meanwhile, here in Blighty,we’ve been ever so slightly underwhelmed by the dramatic pictures of hurricane ‘armageddon florence’. It wasn’t on the tip of everybodies tongue yesterday and unless you work for sky and bbc, no one actually seems in the slightest bit interested.

    Have the new channels hyping up the weather and willing on a man made doomsday landscape and future catastrophe, have they all ‘jumped the Shark’?

    • Athelstan permalink
      September 15, 2018 8:19 pm

      shite – everybody’s.

  5. Alan Kendall permalink
    September 15, 2018 8:51 am

    Also note that the weather reporter is bracing himself against a wind coming from the left whereas detritus on the road moves right to left. Very amusing, reminds me of Lionel Bart miming.

  6. September 15, 2018 9:20 am

    Must be a Golden Raspberry contender.

  7. christopher booker permalink
    September 15, 2018 11:48 am

    No one was more in evidence on British screens hyping the cataclysmic approach of Hurricane Florence than the BBC’s Laura Treveleyan. This recalled her similar performance in January 2015 when she was in overdrive predicting the catastrophic approach to New York of “Snowmaggedon”. We had fun at Private Eye sending this up, with a brief tailpiece which had her standing in Central Park the next day, in bright sunshine with scarcely a snowflake on the ground, As so often these days, satire scarcely had to exaggerate the reality of what had happened,

    • John189 permalink
      September 15, 2018 12:07 pm

      I wonder what drives media editors and reporters to the breathless reporting of projections and alarmist forecasts rather than actual events. During July we had hyped reports that temperatures could break U.K. all time records, but no report of the fact that this was mere wild supposition. This implants the
      groundless ‘worst/hottest evah’ meme in the public mind, but I cannot believe that this is a conscious aim. Rather just shoddy journalism and an immature urge to build a reputation on histrionics.

    • Alan Kendall permalink
      September 15, 2018 4:16 pm

      I would suppose when reporting HURRICANE FORCE WINDS that a moderate blow just doesn’t cut it. Give the reporter dude his due, he was trying his very best and now will probably be sued by Equity for over-acting. The Weather Channel has suffered from a dearth of hurricanes in recent years so when this one comes along, and promptly fizzles, the reporter was not fully prepared. I blame the camera person.
      Look, if we have husky Russian men who turn back from a pilgrimage to Salisbury Cathedral because of a bit of slush, you can believe anything.

  8. September 15, 2018 12:26 pm

    The Cajun Navy in New Bern, NC. It is a group of people with boats from Louisiana who formed a group called the Cajun Navy. They were very important with Hurricane Harvey in Texas last year. These folks are used to boating in the bayous in LA. The clip shows an airboat.

    The problem with Florence is that it is basically stalled as was Harvey. So it has been more of a water event. But given that there is almost no “hills” on the coastal plain, there is just no place for it to go. When the tide is in or coming in……

  9. GEORGE LET permalink
    September 15, 2018 12:39 pm

    They are making a comedy 🙂

  10. quaesoveritas permalink
    September 15, 2018 12:58 pm

    Slightly of topic, but the BBC has further damaged its reputation by including up to 14 journalists in drama “Bodyguard”, in apparent contravention of it’s own guidelines.
    The defence of this in “Newswatch” by Gavin Allen was arrogant in the extreme.

  11. September 15, 2018 4:48 pm

    With those moves, he and Theresa May should get together – they’d make a great team!

  12. tom0mason permalink
    September 15, 2018 6:48 pm

    The link initially got me an error 404, but now twitter says

    Sorry, that page doesn’t exist!

    Too fake even for the normal twitter level of fake news?

    • Ian permalink
      September 15, 2018 6:53 pm

      What’s even more worrying is the hidden (until now) of Google. Check out the leaked video posted on WUWT.

      • Ian permalink
        September 15, 2018 6:54 pm

        Somehow “bias” got missed off, but you’ll know what I meant.

      • tom0mason permalink
        September 15, 2018 7:16 pm

        Yes Ian, I’ve commented there that by using a script and advert blocker you can impact google far more.
        I rigorously block google-analytics with a script blocker, that should upset google’s advertising machine more than not using google. Also I block any google related cookie that is not directly from ‘’ — that ensures google knows I’m about but can not gain too much specifics about me.

        If sites insist on not letting me see their content with such blocking, then obviously their business model is about maximized culling info about customers and visitors for resale, and not much else. For them I visit once then put them on the blocked list after clearing all their cookie dross.

  13. Colin permalink
    September 16, 2018 3:35 am

    Where did the video link go? and where is the video of the reporter in a kayak?

  14. tom0mason permalink
    September 16, 2018 2:02 pm

    Maybe the Weather Channel has been listening to much too many Goon Show reruns…

  15. Colin bain permalink
    September 16, 2018 6:16 pm

  16. saparonia permalink
    September 16, 2018 7:40 pm

    haha they took it off when they realised they were rumbled

  17. Gerry, England permalink
    September 17, 2018 1:55 pm

    Come on, be fair to the poor man. He was standing on grass while those cheaters in the back were walking on concrete. And he had had a long day.

    Well, that is what the Weather Channel has said. Stop digging when in a hole anyone?

  18. Gamecock permalink
    September 18, 2018 9:17 pm

    Note that the Weather Channel is fond of using argumentum ad puellam pulchram.

    Just yesterday, Jen Carfagno announced that it’s not your imagination that storms are getting WORSE – scientists say they are! She started listing anecdata, so I changed the channel.

    I should ad that TWC isn’t the real culprit most of the time: they get their data from government. It’s government where the problem lies.

    I also ad that Florence was a significant storm that caused problems for millions of people. Please don’t let TWC shenanigans cause you to lose your perspective. Not a Cat 4, but still serious.

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