This week the subject of our poll was one close to WeatherWatch.co.nz’s heart – and it’s something we’ve written about many times on the site, and received a lot of feedback on!
We wanted to know if you, our readers, believed the NZ media ‘overhype’ our weather coverage and predictions – because this year in particular WeatherWatch.co.nz has seen a steady decline in the quality of weather news journalism from the mainstream players.
Here are a few examples:
90km/h winds in Wellington described as ‘fierce’ and ‘slamming’ the city.
Half a news story about drizzle falling in Auckland
Snow storms that will ‘cover the entire countryâ€™ but only affected the deep south
Not to mention the overuse, or misuse, of these terms: Slammed, Hit, Blasted, Pummelled, Batten down the hatches, Storm, Weather Bomb, Severe Gales, Vicious – to name a few.
One visitor wrote:
“It would be nice if media used all 3 forecasters ( 2 Govt funded, WW no funding) without the bulldust and hype.
Also suggest that NZ Govt (Met & Niwa) makes data freely available like in other countries.“
Watch this space for our new poll, coming later this afternoon!
on 16/08/2014 10:19pm
I absolutely agree that this is happening and has been happennng for a few years now.
Just give us the numbers & we’ll figure it out I reckon.
The weather charts are good for a few days ädvance forecasting with reducing certainty the further ahead it is – common knowledge I’d have thought – logical anyway.