In a previous blog post, How Broadcasters Can Extend Their Audience Reach, I discussed the shift in the broadcasting production paradigm from baseband video to a full IP-based production workflow and how this shift goes hand in hand with the need to produce content for “nonlinear programming”, available for on-demand viewing on a plethora of devices and digital channels.
When people get ill, weather is often blamed, and although the common cold is not a direct result from being cold, there's some merit to the allegations. However, the link is much more scientific than most people are aware of. Moreover, it’s far more exciting than one would expect.
One of the most prominent broadcasting technology trends right now is the move from baseband video (cabled video signal from one production device to another) to a full IP-based production workflow. The shift towards nonlinear TV, in particular via mobile and Internet streamed media, is led by industry trendsetters such as Netflix, YouTube and Vimeo, with a rapidly increasing audience. In fact, today’s young viewers, ages 13 - 24, consume 2.5 times as much Internet video as TV*.
On September 22, Fall Equinox occurred in the northern hemisphere and Spring Equinox in the southern. The date certainly defines a change of season, but more than anything, it marks the time for ”more of everything”. An exciting time for all of us who love weather, and certainly an interesting and challenging time for all broadcasters engaged in weather content programming and particularly on-air weather forecasting.
The North Atlantic and Pacific Tropical Weather Season just turned very active, and with no less than four tropical systems and two additional potential developing storm systems, your weather coverage for audiences around the world just got very busy.
Today, I am going to bring to everyone’s attention – again – the risks of lightning strikes and the potentially fatal consequences of not heeding the warnings and forecasts. We’re writing 2016, and although technology exists that may help predict the movement and formation of severe storms, we – humans – are FAR from immune to the dangers of lightning strikes. In fact, lightning strikes are just as deadly today as they were 10, 100 or 300 years ago.
Advanced news graphics, as well as portable device and gaming graphics, have been increasingly focused on Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR). While this is certainly very important, Integrated Reality is likely more important to the operational stability, effective management, and economical feasibility of new investments in the graphics workflow.
Integrated Reality means making sure that all elements in the newsroom workflow communicate with each other and are integrated to leverage shared content, distribution control and consistent operation. This must include weather forecast pages, updated radar, satellite and current observation graphics, as well as breaking news-related geoscience content production.
We are currently well on our way with both the Northern Atlantic and Pacific Hurricane Seasons. Right now, there are two named tropical storm systems active in the Eastern Pacific: Tropical Storm Frank and Hurricane Georgette.
In the northern hemisphere, we are now enjoying summer. And although summer and summer holidays are strongly associated with lazy days at the beach or walking through the mountains on sunny days, the typical definition of “summer weather” is not as clear.
In recent years, one of the most commonly used phrases in weather and climate discussions has been along the lines of, “Since we are in an El Niño pattern...”, followed by different analyses or opinions on current or forecasted weather. In fact, there is a periodic on-going cyclic weather pattern variation or oscillation called ENSO or El Niño–Southern Oscillation. This is a cyclic change in the wind and sea surface temperature over parts of the tropical eastern Pacific Ocean. This oscillation has two phases, one warm phase - El Niño, and one cold phase - La Niña.