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THE GREAT METRIC FORECAST EXPERIMENT OF 2018

In March of last year, trying to come up with new and interesting science/math related Twitter polls to feature on WREG Daybreak weekend news, I decided to poll people to see if they would be interested in one – just one and only one – forecast to be done in metric temperature measurements rather than the usual English units. The response was about as expected.

What follows was a typical response… (all spelling & syntax sic)

Dear Austen,

I am amazed at the response you received regarding “metric” weather forcasting.  Perhaps there are a lot more out here like me who did not even know until today that there was a poll on the subject.  I would absolutely vote NO.  If you want to use metrics in your forecast, even once a day, you should show the NORMAL forcast numbers at the same time.  I feel the same way about “metrics” as I do our English language.  If someone moves to this country, they should learn to speak, read and write English as well as learn our mathematical system.  We should not have to conform to THEIR language or metrics.  If we go their countries, we have to learn their language, and they must do the same or stay home!!!

I know these comments will not do any good, but please note there are a lot of us who feel the same way.

Thank you,
[Name Withheld]

For those still asking: yes, I did one – just one and only one – forecast in metrics as the poll numbers ran slightly ahead on the “Yes, do the forecast in metrics” selection over the other two choices of “No, don’t do the forecast in metrics” and the ever-popular “Don’t care either way”. As promised, I did one seven day extended forecast in metrics. Many responses of “It’s just not American” were met with “Why is that?” from me. A small percentage chose to respond to my Why? with a repeat of their Not-American choice.

None of them were able (to my satisfaction) explain why they thought that way. It just wasn’t done, and to even suggest using metrics for anything was to invite scorn, contempt, ridicule and cries of “Traitor!” or “Communist!” to the comment section. The cries of foul play from some viewers were devilish in their nature, suggesting my eternal soul was at stake for doing such a thing. There were, by contrast, some supporting statements, but none as dedicatedly staunch as those who compared using metric measurements to an erasure of culture or a government takeover by some shadowy cabal overseas.

The only thing – seriously – that I was trying to accomplish was a gauging of the attitudes of Mid-Southerners (or whomever wanted to participate) of what they felt regarding the metric system, but also to apply the idea of “Why”.

Well, admittedly… it was not entirely the only reason. The “why” of it bothers me. Fear of an imminent hostile nation’s attack, I can understand. Fear of a numbers system <as> an attack? At what point do people fear numbers so much that they have to alter reality to comfort their ideas?

Oh yeah… right….

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To this day, I cannot understand the fear generated when the idea of using kilometers instead of miles is brought up, grams vs. ounces, millimeters versus 1/32 of an inch, nor can I understand the double-standards applied when you have two liter bottles of soda readily available at the grocery store, yet not a soul (to my knowledge) lifts a finger to complain via phone or e-mail to the store management that <gasp!> metrics have found their way into a true blue American grocery store!

<<<Five Massive Screw-ups That Wouldn’t Have Happened If We All Just Used the Metric System (Gizmodo)>>>

I am seriously considering another metrics episode in the near future, after another poll to engage the public on their views. Doubtful that anything has changed within the last year to swing the needle towards a positive view of metrics, I would like to be able to bring the idea of metrics to the public attention, mostly for my own selfish benefit: please – beyond the idea that metrics means a foreign takeover of the United States – help me to see where the fear is coming from.

I do not get it in the slightest. I don’t think I am being thick or misunderstanding it. I think that the attitude is ingrained in the national infrastructure of thought, passed down from generation to generation, in that These Here United States are not supposed to work with the rest of the world but set the standard for everyone else.

Conversely, if nearly every other country on the planet uses this cursed system of math, it doesn’t mean that we have to do it because we are the United States. This circular, vicious-circle logic gives me a headache, and makes me want to fight harder to get people, especially students, to understand that they are just numbers and nothing to be afraid of. The two-liter bottle of root beer is 0.528344 in gallons. Doesn’t two liters (easily divided into milliliters) make more sense mathematically speaking? Why do we not have 0.528344 gallon bottles instead, if metrics is such an existential threat to our country’s livelihood and future?

Anyone?

Stay tuned for the potential of another metric forecast in the Mid-South future. Poll to be (possibly) posted on Twitter.

AO

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NIGHTSIDE FORECAST: WREG-TV WEATHER OVERTIME for SUN PM 4.8.18

 



Wrapping up a cool first weekend of April 2018, warmer weather expected next week and maybe some more severe weather towards week’s end. More on your weekend-ending forecast with WREG News Channel 3 Weather Expert Austen Onek- WREG on our exclusive video weatherblog Weather Overtime!


 

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COFFEE & A FORECAST: WREG-TV WEATHER OVERTIME for FRI AM 3.16.18

Rain moving into the Mid-South early Friday morning; thunderstorms with possible severe weather expected into evening. Another round of severe weather possible into Sunday night. More on your week-ending forecast coming up on WREG News Channel 3 exclusive video weatherblog Weather Overtime with Weather Expert AMS Meteorologist Austen Onek- WREG.



 

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COFFEE & A FORECAST: WREG-TV WEATHER OVERTIME – SUN AM 2.11.2018

Another foggy, drizzly, cold start to Sunday morning in the Mid-South. Any sunshine in our future? Warmer temperatures even? Meteorologist Austen Onek- WREG has more on our exclusive video weatherblog Weather Overtime.



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COFFEE & A FORECAST: WREG-TV WEATHER OVERTIME for SAT AM 2.10.18

Soggy start to the weekend… any dry weather anytime soon? WREG News Channel 3 Weather Expert Austen Onek- WREG has more details on our exclusive @3onyourside video weatherblog #WeatherOvertime for Saturday morning, Feb 10, including a look through Valentine’s Day and into next weekend. #ShareAndEnjoy



 

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NIGHTSIDE FORECAST: WREG-TV WEATHER OVERTIME for MON PM 12.18.17

LOTS of weather to talk about tonight: fog overnight, rain (some of it heavy) into tomorrow (Tuesday) as well as severe weather chances close to the viewing area. AS WELL AS… potential for some type of winter weather as we approach Christmas. (How’s THAT for foreshadowing?) All that and a lot more coming up on #WREG @3onyourside video #weatherblog #WeatherOvertime! #ShareAndEnjoy http://www.wreg.com/weather wreg.com/webcams @AOnek_WREG3


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NIGHTSIDE FORECAST: WREG-TV WEATHER OVERTIME for WED PM 11.8.17

Rain and fog tonight for the Mid-South. More chances of sunshine returning for the rest of the work/school week and a decent day for the Veterans Day Holiday coming up on Saturday (could be some rain late Saturday night, however). Also: a look at Mid-South seismic activity, AND a way for you to take the Skywarn class online if you missed the fall semester meetings taught by the National Weather Service in Memphis. All that and a look at burn bans/wildfire danger coming up on WREG-TV News Channel 3’s exclusive video weatherblog #WeatherOvertime! #ShareAndEnjoy


 

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COFFEE & A FORECAST: WREG-TV WEATHER OVERTIME for SUN AM 11.5.17


WREG Meteorologist Austen Onek takes an in-depth look at the forecast for Sunday morning, November 5. Foggy again this morning, but not as bad as early Saturday. More thunderstorms tonight as a new cold front approaches the Mid-South and then sticks around to give the area much more rain into early next week. All that, and a look at the Veterans Day Holiday this coming Saturday, and a look at some of our Weatherbug cameras around the area… much more on #WREG @3onyourside exclusive video weatherblog #WeatherOvertime! #ShareAndEnjoy


 

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NIGHTSIDE FORECAST: WREG-TV WEATHER OVERTIME for 10.23.2017

Cool night in the Mid-South with even more cold air expected later on. WREG Meteorologist Austen Onek takes an in-depth look at the forecast for the remaining days of October 2017 and our next big cool-down heading in for the weekend. Enjoy the latest update of #WREG @3onyourside exclusive video weatherblog #WeatherOvertime! #ShareAndEnjoy

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COFFEE & A FORECAST: WREG-TV WEATHER OVERTIME for SUN AM 9.17.17

WREG Meteorologist Austen Onek takes an in-depth look at the forecast for the rest of the last weekend of summer, including the very tropical air stubbornly sitting in place over the area. How long will that stick around? Also: the Atlantic very active with three current named storms, including ‘Maria’, now a tropical storm, but could be a threat to the Caribbean in the next few days as a major hurricane. All that and a lot more on #WREG @3onyourside exclusive video weatherblog #WeatherOvertime! #ShareAndEnjoy


 

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