Too much opinion on the weather page

Saturday, July 17, 2010

I realize that some weather is more conducive to good times than other, but it is a matter of opinion and attitude to state that the weather is "uncomfortable" and "cooler but not cool" and "sticky and not a truly pleasant day."

Those assertions were in the forecast on the weather page July 10. I could see that it was damp and raining and would be humid, but there was no need for a litany of gloom and pessimism. The report seemed to say, "Don't bother getting up and going out."

A better take might be to report the facts, and, if there is room for personal commentary, perhaps something hopeful, such as mentioning that this is some much-needed rain and maybe we can stop running outside to check the tomato plants for a day or two.

Harise Poland-Wright,

Silver Spring


I have not been a fan of the Capital Weather Gang's forecast since it was changed last year. I find the writing style and editorializing silly.

The July 10 forecast was ridiculous. We had lovely cool temperatures and much-needed rain, and the Weather Gang's forecast still managed to put a negative spin on it, calling it "still uncomfortable" and "not a truly pleasant day. Pretty sticky, instead."

Can you just report the weather here, Weather Gang? There's plenty of room in the rest of the paper for the many opinion and local color stories we get whenever our region experiences unusual weather.

Julia Gibb, Annapolis

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