The WEATHER host talking too quickly, the forecaster dressed in black on St Patrick’s Day and the impolite way of greeting viewers were complaints recorded last year by Met Eireann about television forecasting services and their radio.
The meteorological service received 41 complaints last year about the broadcast’s coverage with a series of 13 complaints in August, nearly half of which involved misspellings of the word lightning.
The first complaint of the year was that a forecaster was “apparently competent with good presentation skills” but had a habit of speaking too quickly.
A month later, it was a similar story with one viewer saying it was “not a race” and that the forecasts were “hugely important” to many.
In March, a forecaster’s choice of clothing color on St. Patrick’s Day was met with dismay in one complaint. “Black! Black! Black! Really, there’s nothing wrong with green, the only day of the year to celebrate our culture,” they wrote.
Informal greetings such as “hello” were also criticized by one viewer as “very disrespectful”.
“There was a time when forecasters greeted TV audiences good morning/afternoon/evening,” they wrote.
Eight separate complaints have been recorded about misspelled forecasts for the word lightning as lightening, according to records released under the FOI.
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A message said: “This is not a big error, it just sent the wrong message from you guys. Hope you are not hurt by my trivial comment. Please continue to uphold!”
Everyone, another meteorologist said, should know the difference between the word lighten – that is, make it lighter – and a lightning weather event.
“For how long – days, weeks, months, years or decades – has this fundamental, mind-boggling mistake propagated to the nation every time we hit a bit of a thunderstorm?” they asked.
Later that month, some audience members wrote back to ask forecasters to make sure they slow down when it comes to the weather.
One wrote: “Our elders find it difficult to understand,” while another said their ninety-year-old mother-in-law struggled to keep up.
In September, one viewer wondered if the static noise in the background of the radio forecast was “intentional”.
“I thought it was odd that there was no apology for the intervention as a routine procedure,” they said. “I noticed that it was still happening and now I think it was intentional.
“It was a buzz through the forecaster and set me off on headache pills.”
Forecasters block parts of the map of Ireland when presented also in one letter from the west coast.
They wrote: “Could it be possible to show less of the UK and more of our country and west coast…after all, RTE is OUR national broadcaster.”
A sign on the map, showing Ireland’s major urban centers including Letterkenny – instead of Derry – has been flagged in two separate claims.
It says that Derry is “five times as big” and it’s unsettling to see the city of Derry “always marginalized” in terms of its image.
One complainant took the time to submit a formal letter with five suggestions on how to review the format of the RTE weather forecast.
This person – whose name has been edited out – said the weather is sometimes like a “fashion show” and also lamented the use of the Beaufort Scale to measure wind speed, which they consider “classic” ” and makes little sense to most people.
They also verified why relative humidity is so rarely mentioned, the lines representing political boundaries on the map, and the incorrect use of language such as “stable” and “improved” means different things to everyone.
“Settling down could mean continued drought for many farmers,” they said. “Such expressions are valid judgments and have no place in what should be presented based on scientific facts.”
When asked about the profile, media meteorologist Bonnie Diamond said: “At the Met Eireann, we have a team of skilled meteorologists who, as part of their role, present the reports. Daily weather news on RTE TV and Radio.
“All meteorologists receive regular broadcast training by RTE; This includes voice coaching, presentation and communication skills.
“Both Met Eireann and RTE are proud of our team of forecasters who keep the public informed about the weather in Ireland, helping to keep them, their families, homes and businesses safe. .”
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