Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Windsor, Ontario
why not have a coordinated system run by the national weather agency, like the USA?
In america, the National Weather Service issues watches, warnings, and advisories for regions and counties, but also allows individual television stations to alert their viewers.
Say a tornado watch was issued for most of Southeast Michigan. The Detroit locals would then show a map of Southeast mIchigan's counties with a colour of those counties for the tornado watch, sometimes with a scrolling text at the bottom of the screen saying "Tornado Watch is ineffect until <time> for <these counties>." While it may seem that the National Weather Service is doing this on all chanels simultaneously, they're simply recieving the weather information from the NWS, and relaying it on their own discretion and in their own format (WJBK 2.1 also incorporates radar into its watch/warning maps). Environment Canada has the right idea about forming a national weather alert system similar to the NWS/NOAA/NSSL, but even on cable, The Weather Channel and The Weather Network are the only channels that display relevant information about your weather, aside from your local stations. You won't see The Movie Network (canada) or Cinemax (USA) giving you weather warnings of any sort. Having Speedvision interrupt a show about cars to bring you to the Weather Network's storm warning in your area could be inconveniencing, yes, but i think the idea of a scrolling text or icon would do much better. This does, however, assume cable subscribers don't have enough common sense or knowledge to flip to the Weather Network or their local station if storms are approaching.