Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Weather Page Changes Go Well but Won't Please All

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Weather Page Changes Go Well but Won't Please All

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Byline: Mike Clark, Times-Union Reader Advocate

Local news was emphasized with the new Weather Page that was recently introduced on Page 2 of the Times-Union.

Most readers approve of the volunteer Weather Watchers recruited to report neighborhood weather, the addition of tomorrow's forecasts for Florida and Georgia cities and a pollen index.

But something had to go: Some of the national and world cities were cut, yesterday's weather was dropped for some areas and the national weather map is smaller.

Therefore, as editors listened to readers, changes have been made, reported Deputy Managing Editor Carole Fader.

-- A Weather Watcher for North Jacksonville was added and there are plans to add one for the Westside.

-- Low temperatures were placed before the highs for consistency's sake. The low usually occurs early in the morning.

-- Type size of the Jacksonville weather information and the sea water temperature were increased.

-- Some cities were added in the national and world lists, though there isn't room to fill every request.

-- The normal highs and lows were added to yesterday's Jacksonville weather.

Other changes are being considered. Someday, I hope the page can be produced in color, like it once was.

In my opinion, the changes have gone well. It's understandable that readers miss the national and world cities that have been dropped. Some readers, especially senior citizens, say they have difficulty reading some of the type.

If you would like to volunteer as a Weather Watcher, contact me. More Weather Watchers are available on www.jacksonville.com. In the keyword box on the top left corner, click on Weather Watcher.

WHAT WEATHER SYMBOLS MEAN

Here are some clues to the symbols used in the five-day forecast. Thanks to George Winterling, chief meteorologist at WJXT TV-4 for the explanations:

Rain: When it appears on the right side, it means it should rain in the afternoon. …

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