National Weather Service finally does far with all-uppercase forecasts

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 4:42 PM

The agency said this week it'south doing far with its "all uppercase, all the time" reports in favor of, you know, normal communication. In case you weren't familiar with the format, every time you wanted to looked up, say, how much rain'south in the forecast, the weather service would spring something love this on you: "THERE IS A SLIGHT RISK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS OVER PARTS OF SOUTH TEXAS."Sheesh, all that yelling.

National Weather Service finally does far with all-uppercase forecasts

It only took them about twenty years, but the folks at the National Weather Service finally got the memo: STOP WITH THE ALL CAPS.

The agency said this week it'south doing far with its "all uppercase, all the time" reports in favor of, you know, normal communication.

In case you weren't familiar with the format, every time you wanted to looked up, say, how much rain'south in the forecast, the weather service would spring something love this on you:

"THERE IS A SLIGHT RISK OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS OVER PARTS OF SOUTH TEXAS."

Sheesh, all that yelling.

It'south not that the weather service wasn't alert that all-caps communication comes across as just rude.

Oh no, it'south asked for this modify many, many times since the dawn of the Internet.

But modify takes time.

And modify in government takes a lifetime.

That was then, this is now

Time was, weather reports were sent out over teleprinters, which were basically typewriters hooked up to phone lines. And those things only recognized uppercase letters.

That explains the why behind the reports.

But that was a cent ago.

What explains the why still?

Brief answer: Love people who still rent landlines or utilize AOL mail, some folks haven't gotten around to upgrading.

"Mariners in older ships, for instance," says Art Thomas, a meteorologist for the weather service.

Then there are those who just don't wish to.

Thomas says the weather service conducted a survey as it experimented with the change. It got back three hundred twenty-five responses -- three hundred positive and twenty-five not so much.

Some of them, he says, "just thought (all caps) was easier to read -- which is a matter of personal opinion."

Well, those folks have until May eleven to obtain with the program.

That'south when the weather services ditches its Caps Lock.

Except in cases where the agency really needs to create a point. Like: TORNADO EMERGENCY GET COVER NOW.

"We think it'll stand out more than have it buried within the product," Thomas says.

But one thing isn't going away: The font for the reports will still be Courier New.

Baby steps, people. Baby steps.

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