Rain On The Way And New Graphics

It was an exciting day yesterday in Weather Watch 12. We unveiled our new weather graphics. Most of you probably are saying who cares, but it is a big upgrade for us in the way we present the weather shows and especially during severe weather events.

One of my favorite features of the new system is the addition of dozens of new weather stations across the area. We often hear from our viewers about being closer to their home town and I hope the new system allows for that.

You can see with the image above all the additional stations that are now included in the metro area. We have also added many more to our surrounding counties as well.

Hopefully, our weather shows will also be a little more visually appealing.

There are many new ways of presenting the weather where we pull graphics from different parts of the screen. Makes my job a little more enjoyable finding new ways to tell a weather story.

The most important features involve severe weather. We have a much faster system that allows for automatic storm tracking on the strongest cells. This is an example from southern Minnesota.

You will also see new animating symbols representing damaging winds, tornadoes, or hail. (See above image.)

I hope you enjoy the new system. Please let us know if there is anything you would like to see added or changed in the comments section below.

After a couple of beautiful days, the rain returns to our forecast. Look for a wet Wednesday with showers and thunderstorms likely off and on throughout the day. Here is the RPM forecast from late afternoon tomorrow.

Here is the accumulated precipitation product for the rain that will last into Thursday with scattered showers.

Most areas will receive at least a half-inch of rain and some totals could exceed one inch. I hope you got your grass cut today. The weekend is shaping up warmer, but we still have some isolated storms in the forecast. Stay tuned to weather watch 12 for the latest.

Thanks for reading.



8 Responses

  1. Mark,

    I really love the new graphics. They are visually appealing, faster, and look great. I love how you have a zoom in temperature graphic of the metro. I love the Muskego is on there too, haha! 🙂

    Today, you had the graphics like a flipbook. Sometimes the text is a bit too small on such a big TV. If you could make the font bigger, yet keep the “flipbook” idea, that would be awesome. Another thing, you should change “Mitchell Field” to Mitchell Int’l.” That name existed until 1986 so I think my suggestion would definitely apply. 🙂

    Lastly, you guys have promos running that mention HD. Currently, weather (or news) is HD… will we be seeing HD news/weather in a few weeks? 😉


    Bryan from Muskego

    • Thanks, Bryan.

      Good suggestions. Mitchell Field was a lot easier than abbreviations…which I don’t like to do.

      When we are fully HD, in a few weeks, the text will be easier to read. If it’s still a problem, let me know and I will change. Thanks.


      • Mark,

        After watching your 10pm weather cast, I have one more thing to add. The red color for your tornado watches is not very friendly for red/green color blind people, like myself. I had a hard time distinguishing between the red and the brownish color. Is there any way that red could be darkened?



    • Bryan,

      The watch/warning colors are a work in progress. We will continue to tweak this and will definitely make it easier to distinguish. Thanks for the note.


  2. Hi Mark,

    OK, got my grass cut today. You can let the forecast proceed. Not really looking forward to posting yet another 0.80 inches or more rainfall report, but if that’s the way it has to be, then that’s the way it has to be!

    Tony (Pl. Prairie)

    • Good call on the grass-cutting. I did the same. My neighbors quickly followed suit. Maybe they think I’m on to something. 🙂


  3. Hi, Mark!

    Add my congrats to those you’ve received from others about the new visuals and graphics. Everything goes together to make for a really “stand out” presentation.

    If there’s anything I’d suggest it would be that of the brief time frame you get, and not getting to give your full report until 10:20 or so. I think you get 2 minutes or maybe 2 and a half, tops? Sometimes, it seems you’re a bit rushed, or like there’s more you want to tell us but have to omit because they’re giving you the “move it along” sign. Any chance you can get the first forecast report moved up — like maybe within the first 12 minutes — since you’re on channel 12? And maybe an extra minute or two? It would be a shame to have all the new “toys” and not get to use them to their full advantage. I know that you’ll get all the time you need when it’s severe weather, but I think even when things are “benign” you should be given a few mre minutes.

    On Monday night you said something about you being the only one to appreciate the “geeky” things with the new weather graphics, but I’m right there with you — and I suspect many others are too.

    As always, keep up the good work!

    Don in Reeseville

    • Don,

      Thanks for the suggestions. We will pass them along.

      I hope you were able to get some fishing in last week. At least Thursday through the weekend was cool…maybe too cool. This month has been one extreme or the other.

      Have a good day.


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