|The National Weather Service is going to stop|
yelling at us. Image from Tech Insider
It's always considered rude to yell, whether online or off, so you probably shouldn't yell unless absolutely necessary.
But if you see National Weather Service forecasts, statements and such, everything is in all caps.
If they says "PARTLY SUNNY, HIGHS IN THE 60S." It feels like they're saying, "IT'S GONNA BE FRICKIN' NICE OUTSIDE, YOU MORONS SO GO OUTSIDE AND ENJOY, YOU IDIOTS!!"
Now that's going to change, and the National Weather Service is going to become quieter, and more polite.
It's not that they were ever intentionally rude.
According to the Seattle Times:
"Weather Service spokeswoma Susan Buchanan said the agency started using all capital letters in 1849 forecasts because of the telegraph. Twenty years ago, the agency tried phasing out the practice but old equipment wouldn't recognize lower case letters.
|National Weather Service forecasts like this one|
in all caps, is soon to be a thing of the past.
Starting May 11, Weather Service forecasts wil no longer read like someone shouting in a hurricane - the agency will use both upper and lower case letters."
Finally, an equipment upgrade will enable to National Weather Service forecasts to come to us in a normal voice and calm down already.
The National Weather Service will still occasionally yell at us, but only in situations in which we really need to pay attention, like when a mile wide EF5 tornado packing 250 mph winds is heading toward you.
They'll say something like "THIS IS A PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS SITUATION. SEEK SHELTER IMMEDIATELY!"
Yeah, I would yell, too, if a really bad tornado, hurricane or flood was heading toward me.
Sometimes yellling is appropriate.