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Congratulations to ... and Say it Ain't So!

CONGRATULATIONS TO:

While it is easy to gloss over and not see the following, it is something worth discussing and bringing to the forefront for those of us here in Central and NorthCentral Wisconsin. I would like to congratulate the National Weather Service Office in Green Bay, for being recognized by NOAA, for their outstanding work during the April 10, 2011 tornado outbreak.

Mike Breunling and myself were working that day, and I remember it like it was yesterday. It was very intense in early April 2011, as the weather was absolutely crazy for the entire month. We started the month with 9" to 14" of snow across the entire area, but by the time we got to Sunday April 10, there was officially no snow being reported on the ground (even though there was plenty in piles around the state). In addition, we experienced a heavy rain event the night before (that lasted into early Sunday morning) and ended up with numerous Flood Watches in the state.  Temperatures were in the 30's at the beginning of the month, but had warmed into the 50's for the Saturday before, and then soared into the 70's as the stage was set for severe weather during the day of Sunday April 10, 2011.  Not more than 7 days later, there was snow flying again and coating the ground.  Here's more on the citation that National Weather Service in Green Bay received. I am lucky enough that I get to "work" with such an excellent staff right down the road.. congratulations to all of you, you really deserve being noticed for your work last year!

More on their recoginition: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/news/display_cmsstory.php?wfo=grb&storyid=78176&source=0

Here's more on the events from that day last year:
http://www.wsaw.com/april10

 

SAY IT AIN'T SO:

For those fans of the show "Storm Chasers" on Discovery TV, Reed Timmer announced last week that the show had been canceled. Now, without knowing the specifics of how/why, a facebook group has formed in order to try and save the show:

 

https://www.facebook.com/pages/We-Want-Storm-Chasers-Back-Now-Discovery/374971975852572?sk=wall

Just because a show may be canceled, it doesn't mean it can't be brought back. Here's a list of shows that were saved by people doing letter writing campaigns (websites that send emails) to the various networks, throughout the years.
http://www.toptenz.net/top-10-tv-shows-saved-by-fans.php

One of the oldest save is "Star Trek", and one of the newest saved is "Futurama".

Now, assuming the show is really canceled, it could be for a huge variety of reasons. Does it make money, aka, how does it do in the "RATINGS"? How much does it cost? (rumor has it, that it is extremely expensive to make due to fuel and insurance costs) Does it glorify something that is very dangerous? Are the costs to produce and edit the show, cost prohibitive? Did the crew just not want to do it anymore, etc?  What is your thoughts on it? I will continue to look for a press release to confirm this from the Discovery Channel and will post it if and when I find one.

 

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