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Shorter and Skinnier Weather Commentators Ideal for Satellite TV

Nov 27th 2012 at 8:48 PM

Have you ever watched the local news waiting for the weather report? Perhaps you had something to do that weekend, and you wanted to make sure the weather would be good before you made your plans. How about this; have you ever noted that the weather person was standing right in front of the map at the exact location that you were interested in seeing? Perhaps there was a radar precipitation graphic flowing over the landscape, and behind the weather person reporter. But you couldn't see it because they would not get out of the darn way.

Worse, I wonder if this is also happened to you before; they would move over so you could see what was going on, but just as they did, the TV technicians switched the map to something else, and started to talk about some other area of the country experiencing inclement weather, severe thunderstorms, or perhaps a tornado with wicked winds. Indeed, nothing drives me nuts more than when this happens. Especially if the person doing the weather is a man, I'd rather see a woman delivering me my weather, I just think they're better to look at, and I understand that's just my preference, as I am told by the politically correct crowd.

The other day I noted a good looking gal on the Fox Network; she was petite, pleasant to look at, and on the skinny side of average American physiques, and I'd say ideal for TV. Perhaps, you've seen Samsung UN32EH4000 her yourself, Maria Molina is her name. She was covering Hurricane Isaac, a very wide tropical storm, a huge weather system taking up a third of the Gulf of Mexico and therefore most of the map behind her. Had Maria been 6'2" and a large male she'd have covered up many of the areas she was describing.

Now then, I think there is a solution to the problem of having weather commentators standing in the way. I'd like to talk to you about a few concepts, the reason is; we have all the visualization and graphic technology to circumvent this challenge. Here are some thoughts;

Why not just resize the person, make them thinner, shorter, or zoom them out a little bit when they are pointing at the weather chart? We could use an avatar rendering of the individual, a cartoon of a stick figure as they are pointing around at the graphic and weather chart. We could put them off to the side in a smaller box as they pointed to the various parts of the map with the rest of the map filling up on the entire screen of the TV.

Lastly, and I think this would be cool, just use a holographic ghostlike image of the weather person, so you could see through them and you wouldn't miss anything. Indeed I hope that our technological advances in satellite TV, spectral imaging, and visualization graphics in the present period are enough to overcome this pet peeve of mine and this rather problematic situation which frustrates viewers. Please consider all this and think on it.

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