sowny.net | The Southern Ontario/WNY Radio-TV Forum


You are not logged in. Would you like to login or register?

June 24, 2015 7:53 pm  #1


and i would walk 500...

like it or not, many canadian (40+) still use imperial measurement in their everyday life. you can see it all around us. i don't want to get into the "why's", i'm just stating a fact. that said, you'd think broadcasters would offer metric and imperial measurements during their weather "alerts" (it's been known to happen but not on a regular basis). the way i see it, in these situations. listener's/viewer's imdediate comprehension is critical, regardless of government mandates. okay, so 10cm's sounds a lot worse than "just under 4 inches", and more alerts mean more $'s, but come on... who are you trying to kid?... i know, i know, the answewr is obvious.
 

 

 

June 24, 2015 9:35 pm  #2


Re: and i would walk 500...

Hank...Ya old pool of 'yerr-een'!!!  It's your ol' buddy 'Guess Who This Is'...Me...In-cog-neet-oh.  Shhh!!!  Don't say a word.  [Pelmorex.  Oldies  Shhhh!]

Yep...If your audience is pre 'modern'...Imperial is more than just a margarine.  It's a service.  Period.  [unless you subscribe to elder abuse...and obviously *I* don't.]

No really dear!!!  That's a very 'admiral' 10 cms you're admiring.  I'm almost a full-fledged porno star.

Last edited by Old Codger (June 24, 2015 9:41 pm)

 

June 24, 2015 11:49 pm  #3


Re: and i would walk 500...

During Pan AM games there will be tons of visitors from all over.
Therefore, at the very least, during the games this is a very good point.
Americans and others from other parts of the world that want weather in fahrenheight should be properly informed and not forced to only know weather in celsius.

 

June 25, 2015 9:13 am  #4


Re: and i would walk 500...

the only time i hear the word "hectare" is when there's a report on a forest fire. meanwhile, if a property sits on 8 acres then that translates to (100/8 hectares = aww forget it). i'll stick with the oliver douglas approach; green acres is the place for me!

hey "old codger". i read you tag. nothing to hide here. i've stated my name on this board and when i was a guest (twice) on craig and don's sowny radio show. i'm just paying homage to my favorite stern wackpacker who passed away years ago.

Last edited by the original hank (June 25, 2015 9:29 am)

     Thread Starter
 

June 25, 2015 12:59 pm  #5


Re: and i would walk 500...

Jazz FM 91.1 CJRT is the only GTA station that I am aware of which consistently provides temps in C and F.   I always smile when I hear them say...the temp in F ."for our listeners in Buffalo."   Yeh right!.  

I have reprogrammed my cars to display temp in F.   Just to be contrary.  

 

June 25, 2015 8:24 pm  #6


Re: and i would walk 500...

Radiowiz wrote:

During Pan AM games there will be tons of visitors from all over.
Therefore, at the very least, during the games this is a very good point.
Americans and others from other parts of the world that want weather in fahrenheight should be properly informed and not forced to only know weather in celsius.

The civilized world uses celsius.  No one uses fahrenheight except 'murica
 

 

June 25, 2015 10:24 pm  #7


Re: and i would walk 500...

According to good old wiki:

Fahrenheit remains the official scale for the following countries: theBahamasBelize, the Cayman IslandsPalau and the United Statesand associated territories (Puerto RicoGuam and the U.S. Virgin Islands). Canada retains it as a supplementary scale that can be used alongside Celsius.

 

Last edited by Peter the K (June 25, 2015 10:24 pm)

 

June 26, 2015 5:29 am  #8


Re: and i would walk 500...

Those places suck.

 

June 26, 2015 7:02 am  #9


Re: and i would walk 500...

Fahrenheit continues to be used in Dundalk, although Celsius is rumoured to be catching on in Holstein & Varney
 

 

June 26, 2015 11:16 am  #10


Re: and i would walk 500...

I used to have a clip on the computer at 'RB I'd fire off whenever I could..  It was a woman, older than dust who phoned in to say "Why doesn't your station give the temperature in Fahrenheit anymore..  we old people need the temperature in Fahrenheit"  and that was 15 years ago

Says it all really

 


Madness takes its toll.  Please have exact change.
 
 

June 26, 2015 11:20 am  #11


Re: and i would walk 500...

I would contend we seem to flip between C in winter and F in summer.

38C doesn't sound as hot as 100F
-18C sounds way colder tha 0F.

 


Madness takes its toll.  Please have exact change.
 
 

June 26, 2015 11:26 am  #12


Re: and i would walk 500...

Funny, I use celcius everywhere except my home thermostat which I've set to display in F.

I don't know why.
 

 

June 26, 2015 10:38 pm  #13


Re: and i would walk 500...

again, the point i want to make isn't dealing with temperature... (people in canada have accepted celsius, for the most part,,... except when it comes to baking). i'm referring to measurement when it comes to storms (height and even mph). whether it be right or wrong imperial measurement (especially height and length) is still being used in our everyday life (even at a lot of doc offices... weight and height). doesn't it make sense to "include" a measurement that a lot of people can comprehend quickly when broadcasting a weather alert?

my point isn't about national pride (hey, we do something that americans don't) or teaching old dogs new tricks (save that for another thread). it's about informing residents during storms, without many having to do the math!  like it or not, many canadian business sectors have realized the popularity of imperial measurement and acted accordingly. why can't broadcasters do the same during weather alerts? i doubt very much that such a would cause an uproar (it might even help a station gain more viewers/listeners). remember, just because broadcasters only use metric doesn't mean their listeners/viewers do... and isn't it supposed to be about filling the listeners/viewers needs?

hell, when i watch many recent british based tv shows they still talk in miles and mph. in my opinion, if gas were sold by the gallon many canadians would have a fit when seeing the price.

be honest now, when it comes to determining if a vehicle is delivering good "mileage" (or is that kilometerage?)... ok, make that fuel consumption,  do you comprehend kilometers per 100 liters quicker than miles per gallon?  nuff said. 

Last edited by the original hank (June 26, 2015 10:46 pm)

     Thread Starter
 

June 26, 2015 11:56 pm  #14


Re: and i would walk 500...

L / 100km is my determination of fuel consumption; mm, cm and km/h for weather.

 

June 27, 2015 4:10 am  #15


Re: and i would walk 500...

When preparing a grilled cheese sandwich I never use a thermometer.     The sandwich is removed from the grill when the butter starts to smoke.    One is best enjoyed with chilled Pinot Grigio & Leamington ketchup while listening to Stacey Thompson on Boom 97.3 FM and clipping one's toenails

Last edited by Kilgore (June 27, 2015 6:15 am)