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Washington - THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILL STOP SCREAMING IN ALL CAPS

Published on: April 11, 2016 11:45 PM
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This image provided by the National Weather Service shows a National Weather Service advisory in all capital letters. For more than a century, the National Weather Service has screamed its forecasts in all capital letters. But in the social media age all capitals are considered yelling, so next month federal meteorologists are lowering their voices and their letters, except in dire emergencies.This image provided by the National Weather Service shows a National Weather Service advisory in all capital letters. For more than a century, the National Weather Service has screamed its forecasts in all capital letters. But in the social media age all capitals are considered yelling, so next month federal meteorologists are lowering their voices and their letters, except in dire emergencies.

Washington - FOR MORE THAN A CENTURY, THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED ITS FORECASTS IN ALL CAPITAL LETTERS. But in the age of social media that’s considered yelling, so next month federal meteorologists are lowering their voices and their letters — except in dire emergencies.

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Weather service spokeswoman Susan Buchanan said the agency started using all capital letters in 1849 forecasts because of the telegraph. Twenty years ago, the agency tried phasing out the practice, but old equipment wouldn’t recognize lower-case letters.

Starting May 11, weather service forecasts will no longer read like someone shouting in a hurricane — the agency will use both upper- and lower-case letters.

Except, Buchanan said, IN EXTREMELY DANGEROUS SITUATIONS, WHEN CAPITALIZATION WILL REIGN.



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 Apr 12, 2016 at 07:45 AM HankM Says:

All caps is also more difficult to read and is generally the sign of a luddite

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 Apr 12, 2016 at 08:56 AM Aron1 Says:

I THINK THE CHANGE IS GREAT! IT'S ABOUT TIME!

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 Apr 12, 2016 at 12:31 PM The_Truth Says:

Can I suggest they also use grammar, punctuation and make it a lot more user friendly to read. It still reads like an 1849 telegram.STOP.

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 Apr 12, 2016 at 04:23 PM N'viei Sheker Says:

It won't help them to predict the weather more accurately.

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