U.S. Weather Service promises to stop yelling at us
Tuesday, April 12, 2016, 5:03 PM - THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE (NWS) IN THE U.S. HAS DECIDED TO STOP USING ALL CAPS IN ITS WEATHER WARNINGS, PUTTING AN END TO DECADES OF 'YELLING' AT THE PUBLIC.
For those of you not up-to-date on your computer etiquette, typing in all-caps DENOTES YELLING.
"New forecast software is allowing the agency to break out of the days when weather reports were sent by “the wire” over teleprinters, which were basically typewriters hooked up to telephone lines," The NWS says in a statement.
"Teleprinters only allowed the use of upper case letters, and while the hardware and software used for weather forecasting has advanced over the last century, this holdover was carried into modern times since some customers still used the old equipment."
But all good things must come to an end, and the NWS plans to roll out its new policy starting May 11.
“People are accustomed to reading forecasts in upper case letters and seeing mixed-case use might seem strange at first,” said NWS meteorologist Art Thomas in a press release.
“It seemed strange to me until I got used to it over the course of testing the new system, but now it seems so normal."
Still, capital letters won't go away completely. According to the NWS, forecasters will still have the option to type in all-caps to emphasize extreme weather threats.
Environment Canada still issues its weather warnings using the all-caps format. There's no word on when, or if, our weather agency plans to stop yelling at us.