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IMAGE IS EVERYTHING

Posted by Karl Eggestad on Aug 23, 2017 9:32:33 AM


NOAA – the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – has recently added a new star to the team of geo-synchronous weather satellites, GOES-R (GOES-16). GOES-16 is not just another satellite or just another version of the now so well known GOES series of weather satellites; it represents an entirely new paradigm of weather satellites. Probably the best analogy would be the new paradigm that the Tesla Motors cars represent vs. the line of self-propelled vehicles, starting with the Model T Ford, or what your iPhone camera represents vs. the once popular Polaroid cameras. The image below, courtesy of NOAA and NASA, shows the difference in image quality between the new GOES-16 and the until now used GOES-13. 

It's about clarity, accuracy, resolution. It also provides new ability for closeups and fly-over, like is seen using ChyronHego's Metacast (below)

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Topics: Metacast, Weather

A NEW GENERATION OF DATA-DRIVEN REPORTING AT RADIO TéLéVISION SUISSE

Posted by Jesper Gawell on Jul 18, 2017 2:24:02 PM

At Radio Télévision Suisse (RTS), accurate and up-to-the-minute weather forecasting is a competitive differentiator. As Switzerland’s leading French-language broadcaster and news organization, RTS is always on the hunt for leading-edge technology solutions to continually improve its weather broadcast workflows. 

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Topics: Metacast, Weather

I SEE YOUR WINTER BLUES AND RAISE YOU A TROPICAL DEPRESSION

Posted by Karl Eggestad on Jul 5, 2017 1:17:06 PM


The Northern Atlantic and Pacific tropical storm season is again upon us, and while the number of storms and actual impact on lives and value may be a gamble, the effect on broadcasting meteorologists and programming setup is almost a given – there will be activity that needs to be covered quickly, accurately, and increasingly important, seamlessly with other news programming. Meteorologists often have to put on a poker face to hide their excitement over the really interesting, very challenging task of continuous broadcasting coverage with wall-to-wall data and statistics that need to be turned into information and value for viewers and the broadcasters themselves.

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Topics: Metacast, Weather

ENHANCE YOUR NEWS STORIES WITH HIGH-VALUE WEATHER CONTENT

Posted by Karl Eggestad on Jun 2, 2017 8:41:05 AM

In news production, it’s all about engaging the audience with content they can relate to. While weather has traditionally been seen as its own segment in the news cycle, new technologies and the proliferation of environmental data sources have made weather data that supports breaking news readily available to broadcasters. Let’s take a look at how news producers and domain experts such as meteorologists can start uncovering the potential that this brings to news production.

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Topics: Metacast, Weather

YOUR WEATHER DATA DISPLAY CAPABILITY IS NOTHING TO SNEEZE AT

Posted by Karl Eggestad on May 12, 2017 9:25:30 AM

It’s spring in the Northern Hemisphere and while the majority of the population can look forward to warmer temperatures, in parts of the world, particularly in North America and Northern Europe, an increasing number of people are reporting various degrees of allergic reaction to pollen. Antihistamines are providing relief for most people with mild to moderate symptoms but for a rising number, pollen triggers severe allergic reactions and asthma. And, while no one is served by scare tactic information, a recent study from scientists in the Netherlands* indicates a correlation between high pollen counts* and fatalities from other diseases such as chronic heart and respiratory disease.

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Topics: Metacast, Weather

WHEN OUT OF THE ORDINARY AND EXTREME BECOMES THE NEW NORMAL

Posted by Karl Eggestad on Mar 8, 2017 5:41:24 AM

I have previously written about the influence of cyclic patterns on weather, both locally and on a large scale. In a prior blog post, The critical long-term weather effects of la niña, I discussed the cyclic changes in the surface temperature of the Pacific Sea. In hindsight, what meteorologists considered to be the end of the warm El Niño phase and the beginning of a long, cold La Niña phase last April, did not turn out to be quite correct. La Niña proved to be short-lived, especially judging from current events in California where recent rainfall (and mountain snow) has caused significant water accumulation in reservoirs and on level land, resulting in landslides and damage to infrastructure.

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Topics: Metacast, Weather

ENGAGED AUDIENCE? INCREASED BROADCAST REVENUES? APPSOLUTELY.

Posted by Karl Eggestad on Feb 6, 2017 9:22:03 AM

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.

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Topics: Metacast, Weather

WHEN WEATHER FORECASTING GOES VIRAL - LITERALLY

Posted by Karl Eggestad on Dec 15, 2016 8:02:53 AM

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.

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Topics: Weather, Metacast, Forecasting

HOW BROADCASTERS CAN EXTEND THEIR AUDIENCE REACH

Posted by Karl Eggestad on Oct 26, 2016 4:57:21 AM

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*.

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Topics: Weather, Metacast

FALL EQUINOX MARKS A GLOBAL CHANGE OF SEASON

Posted by Karl Eggestad on Sep 29, 2016 5:07:56 AM

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.

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Topics: Metacast, Weather