Links and Notes - Sat, Apr 14, 2019

11:32 p.m.

Toledo Express Airport (KTOL)
Apr 14, 2019 10:52 pm EDT
Weather : Light Rain Fog/Mist
Temperature : 37 F
Humidity : 89%
Wind Speed : NW 10 mph
Barometer : 29.49 in
Dewpoint: 34 F
Visibility : 5.00 statute miles
Wind Chill : 30 F

Toledo Executive Airport (KTDZ)
Apr 14, 2019 10:53 pm EDT
Weather : Fog/Mist
Temperature : 38 F
Humidity : 92%
Wind Speed : NW 10 mph
Barometer : 29.49 in
Dewpoint: 36 F
Visibility : 3.00 statute miles
Wind Chill : 31 F

Toledo Suburban Airport (KDUH)
Apr 14, 2019 11:15 pm EDT
Weather : Light Rain
Temperature : 36 F
Humidity : 96%
Wind Speed : WNW 8 mph
Barometer : 29.49 in
Dewpoint: 35 F
Visibility : 3.00 statute miles
Wind Chill : 30 F

4:21 p.m.

Deb and drove out to the BSBO at Magee Marsh late this morning to buy a few things. We also shopped at the ONWR nature center. I was amazed at how much water the canals, streams, and ditches contained. Lake Erie must not have balanced itself fully in the western basis after last Wednesday's and Thursday's east quadrant winds because the water seems super high for the strong NE winds starting only today.

We tried to visit Metzger Marsh. I assumed that it would be closed at the bend where the boat launch exists, but the road was open. As we crested the small hump in the road, I had to hit the brakes hard because the road was under a significant amount of water. The boat launch parking lot and the road were under water. I never saw it like that.

We stopped at MBSP, saw a few Red-breasted Mergansers and Lesser Scaup in the inland ponds. I walked out on the Lake Erie beach, and Lake Erie looked angry. Strong E-NE winds and the high water along the shoreline a few days ago and today had gouged away a good chunk of the beach. They will need to bulldoze or grade the beach to get it straightened up for usage.

Wild weather.

Over in north central Ohio, severe thunderstorm activity is occurring. Some counties are under severe thunderstorm warnings and tornado warnings.

All of Ohio except the northwest corner is under a tornado watch.

Toledo Express Airport (KTOL)
Apr 14, 2019 3:52 pm EDT
Weather : Fog/Mist
Temperature : 41 F
Humidity : 89%
Wind Speed : ENE 18 mph
Barometer : 29.39 in
Dewpoint: 38 F
Visibility : 5.00 statute miles
Wind Chill : 32 F

Toledo Executive Airport (KTDZ)
Apr 14, 2019 3:53 pm EDT
Weather : Overcast
Temperature : 41 F
Humidity : 93%
Wind Speed : NE 14 mph
Wind Gust 21 mph
Barometer : 29.41 in
Dewpoint: 39 F
Visibility : 8.00 statute miles
Wind Chill : 33 F

Toledo Suburban Airport (KDUH)
Apr 14, 2019 3:55 pm EDT
Weather : Fog/Mist
Temperature : 40 F
Humidity : 96%
Wind Speed : NE 13 mph
Wind Gust 20 mph
Barometer : 29.42 in
Dewpoint: 39 F
Visibility : 3.00 statute miles
Wind Chill : 32 F

8:33 a.m.

It's a rainy morning. It will feel more like a slightly above normal winter day with temps remaining steady around 40 degrees all day, along with rain and strong east winds. Ouch. It will be a good day to finish taxes while watching The Masters golf tourney.

Today: Rain, mainly before 5pm. High near 41. Breezy, with an east wind 17 to 22 mph, with gusts as high as 36 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

Tonight: A chance of rain before midnight, then a chance of rain showers between midnight and 2am, then a slight chance of rain and snow showers after 2am. Cloudy, with a low around 34. North wind 9 to 16 mph becoming northwest after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 50%. Little or no snow accumulation expected.

The NWS issued a Lakeshore Flood Warning until 5:00 p.m. today.

lake shore flooding...northeast winds of 20 to 30 knots will cause higher than normal water levels on the western basin of lake erie. water levels are expected to rise to near 75 inches above low water datum. this will result in minor flooding and shoreline erosion along the lakeshore. by late afternoon winds will shift to the north- northwest and diminish the lakeshore flood threat.


Toledo Express Airport (KTOL)
Apr 14, 2019 7:52 am EDT
Weather : Rain and Breezy
Temperature : 39 F
Humidity : 82%
Wind Speed : ENE 21 mph
Wind Gust 29 mph
Barometer : 29.84 in
Dewpoint: 34 F
Visibility : 3.00 statute miles
Wind Chill : 29 F

Toledo Executive Airport (KTDZ)
Apr 14, 2019 7:53 am EDT
Weather : Light Rain Fog/Mist
Temperature : 39 F
Humidity : 85%
Wind Speed : ENE 16 mph
Wind Gust 23 mph
Barometer : 29.86 in
Dewpoint: 35 F
Visibility : 4.00 statute miles
Wind Chill : 30 F

Toledo Suburban Airport (KDUH)
Apr 14, 2019 8:16 am EDT
Weather : Rain
Temperature : 37 F
Humidity : 96%
Wind Speed : E 13 mph
Wind Gust 21 mph
Barometer : 29.87 in
Dewpoint: 36 F
Visibility : 4.00 statute miles
Wind Chill : 29 F

Date and Time: 08:30 AM, Sun, Apr 14, 2019
Summary: Light Rain
Air Temp: 38 F
Dew Point: 36 F
Humidity: 92 %
Wind Direction: East-Northeast
Wind Speed: 13 mph
Wind Gust: 17 mph
Apparent Air Temp: 29 F
Pressure: 29.84 inches
UV Index: Low : 0.0
Cloud Cover: 99 % : Cloudy
Precip Probability: 100 %
Precip Intensity: 0.0115 : Very Light
Precip Type: rain
Visibility: 1.85 miles
Nearest Precip Distance: Precip is occurring over or near this location.
Nearest Precip Bearing:


lakeshore hazard message
national weather service cleveland oh
710 am edt sun apr 14 2019

...strong northeast winds will cause water levels on lake erie to
rise...

.strong northeast winds will elevate lake levels across the
western basin of lake erie today. higher than normal water levels
will cause minor lakeshore flooding.

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710 am edt sun apr 14 2019

...lakeshore flood warning in effect until 5 pm edt this
afternoon...

the national weather service in cleveland has issued a lakeshore
flood warning, which is in effect until 5 pm edt this afternoon.
the lakeshore flood watch is no longer in effect.

precautionary/preparedness actions...

a lakeshore flood warning is issued when flooding is occurring or
imminent along the lake. residents on or near the shore in the
warned area should take immediate action to protect life and
property.


nearshore marine forecast
national weather service cleveland oh
353 am edt sun apr 14 2019

for waters within five nautical miles of shore

waves are the significant wave height - the average of the highest
1/3 of the wave spectrum. occasional wave height is the average of
the highest 1/10 of the wave spectrum.

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lake erie nearshore waters from maumee bay to reno beach oh-
353 am edt sun apr 14 2019

...small craft advisory in effect from 8 am edt this morning
through this evening...

.today...northeast winds 15 to 25 knots. rain. waves 2 to 4 feet
building to 3 to 6 feet. waves occasionally around 7 feet.
.tonight...northeast winds 10 to 15 knots becoming west and
increasing to 15 to 25 knots. a chance of rain in the evening,
then a chance of rain showers overnight. waves 1 to 3 feet.
.monday...northwest winds 15 to 25 knots diminishing to 10 to
15 knots. mostly cloudy in the morning, then becoming mostly
sunny. waves 1 to 3 feet.
.monday night...west winds 5 to 15 knots becoming southwest less
than 10 knots. a chance of showers overnight. waves 2 feet or
less.

see lake erie open lakes forecast for tuesday through thursday.

the water temperature off toledo is 47 degrees, off cleveland 42
degrees and off erie 42 degrees.

$$

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lake erie nearshore waters from reno beach to the islands oh-
lake erie nearshore waters from the islands to vermilion oh-
353 am edt sun apr 14 2019

...small craft advisory in effect from 8 am edt this morning
through monday afternoon...

.today...east winds to 30 knots becoming northeast 15 to
25 knots. rain through early afternoon, then a chance of rain
late. waves 3 to 5 feet building to 5 to 8 feet. waves
occasionally around 10 feet.
.tonight...north winds 10 to 15 knots becoming west and
increasing to 15 to 25 knots. a chance of rain in the evening,
then a chance of rain showers overnight. waves 3 to 5 feet. waves
occasionally around 6 feet.
.monday...northwest winds to 30 knots becoming west 15 to
25 knots. cloudy in the morning, then becoming mostly sunny.
waves 3 to 6 feet subsiding to 2 to 4 feet. waves occasionally
around 7 feet.
.monday night...west winds 5 to 15 knots becoming southwest less
than 10 knots. partly cloudy in the evening, then becoming mostly
cloudy. waves 1 to 3 feet subsiding to 1 foot or less.

see lake erie open lakes forecast for tuesday through thursday.

the water temperature off toledo is 47 degrees, off cleveland 42
degrees and off erie 42 degrees.

$$

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lake erie nearshore waters from vermilion to avon point oh-
lake erie nearshore waters from avon point to willowick oh-
lake erie nearshore waters from willowick to geneva-on-
the lake oh-lake erie nearshore waters from geneva-on-the-
lake to conneaut oh-
lake erie nearshore waters from conneaut oh to ripley ny-
353 am edt sun apr 14 2019

...small craft advisory in effect from 8 am edt this morning
through monday evening...

.today...northeast winds 15 to 25 knots becoming east. rain.
waves 2 to 4 feet building to 5 to 8 feet. waves occasionally
around 10 feet.
.tonight...northeast winds 15 to 25 knots becoming west. rain in
the evening, then a chance of rain showers overnight. waves 3 to
6 feet. waves occasionally around 7 feet.
.monday...west winds to 30 knots diminishing to 15 to 25 knots. a
chance of rain and snow showers in the morning. waves 5 to
8 feet. waves occasionally around 10 feet.
.monday night...west winds 15 to 20 knots becoming southwest 5 to
15 knots. partly cloudy. waves 3 to 6 feet subsiding to 1 to
3 feet. waves occasionally around 7 feet.

see lake erie open lakes forecast for tuesday through thursday.

the water temperature off toledo is 47 degrees, off cleveland 42
degrees and off erie 42 degrees.


Blade story from Friday:

http://www.toledoblade.com/local/environment/2019/04/12/toledo-weather-forecast-winner-saturday-windy-sunday/stories/20190412166

The National Weather Service office in White Lake, Mich., said Sunday’s conditions near the lake could echo Thursday’s, when a strong, gusty wind blew water ashore to flood lakefront property and streets. Part of Luna Pier, Mich., was evacuated, and the Maumee River rose enough through downtown Toledo to put some of its boardwalks under water.

“Gusty onshore winds may produce another period of lakeshore flooding along the western Lake Erie shoreline again on Sunday as the next low-pressure system encroaches on the region,” the White Lake forecasters had previously cautioned in an outlook statement posted Friday morning.

The flood watch said flooding could be stronger this time between Luna Pier and Maumee Bay because the wind was likely to be more northeasterly than it was Thursday.

Even away from the lake, it’s expected to be chilly Sunday in Toledo, with a high only in the mid 40s. And unlike Thursday, when areas just an hour or two south of Toledo were much warmer, the National Weather Service forecast high for Sunday in Findlay was only 52 as of Friday evening.

Links

http://www.toledoblade.com/local/police-fire/2019/04/12/police-agencies-crack-down-on-distracted-driving/stories/20190412137


Here we go. The newspaper's worn out myth that opinions do not appear in news stories. Since humans write and edit the stories, then it's impossible to eliminate opinion from all news stories all of the time. Believing otherwise is denying science.

http://www.toledoblade.com/opinion/columnists/2019/04/14/the-blade-job-show-many-viewpoints-not-judge/stories/20190414017

Since my last Inside the News column on March 31 on the topic of reporters keeping their opinions out of news stories, I’ve heard from several readers who question whether that’s true.

Newspapers express their opinions not only by what they publish, but also by what they choose not to investigate. Choosing what stories to write about and which ones to ignore or cover lightly are forms of opinions.

Late last decade and early this decade, the Blade published literally hundreds of stories that were obvious activist journalism, exhibited by the Blade to save an old courthouse building, located in Tiffin, Ohio that is at least an hour's drive from Toledo.

Downtown Detroit is as close or closer to us than Tiffin. It's about a 50- to 60-minute drive to downtown Detroit from Toledo. We visit Detroit more often than Tiffin. Actually, I have never visited Tiffin, Ohio. I have drove through that community, which looks like a nice town.

I was surprised that the Blade covered the Tiffin area. The Blade wanted to save an old courthouse building from demolition. With all of the issues that could have been covered in Toledo and Lucas County during that time, I doubt that any Toledo resident gave a damn about a building in Tiffin.

The courthouse was finally demolished. What a massive waste of resources by the Blade over a nothing-burger. The Blade published opinions, columns, and so-called news stories that obviously tried to paint a bias picture.

It was pathetic journalism. Some Blade subscribers actually canceled their subscriptions over the Blade's activist attempt to save a courthouse building and over the Blade's obvious over-the-top effort to save every dog in the world. Blade has a bizarre dog obsession.

More from Murray's column:

It seems a common pastime in Toledo is trying to find hidden meanings in Blade stories.

I doubt that's the case. Based upon the Blade's declining readership, worrying about the Blade's agenda is not a local pastime anymore. Maybe 20 years ago it was, but not now.

More from Murray's column about an important subject to the region: controlling farm fertilizer run-off into our waterways that enter Lake Erie and contribute the annual toxic algae bloom.

BTW, farm run-off is not the only contributor. It's called the biggest contributor, but scientists have identified numerous contributors to the toxic algae bloom growth, including the broken infrastructure in Toledo that allows raw sewage to flow into our waterways, during heavy rainfalls and toxic lawn chemicals that local businesses and homeowners spread on their lawns. Toledo is engaged in a long-term plan to fix the sewer pipes that will, in theory, reduce the amount of sewage overflows during heavy rains.

Mr. Henry told me when I asked about the lack of comments from the other side that he was rushed to write a second story on Tuesday that ended up on A1.

“If I had been better organized I could have called the Farm Bureau for a comment,” he told me.

I agree that farmers or their advocates should have been given a chance to comment for this story.

Rushed to write another story, which may have contributed to an apparent bias slant in a previous story. That seems strange, since the farm-lake story would not have been a breaking news story. I'm unsure if the A1 story was breaking news. I doubt it, since that's not what Tom Henry covers.

It seems that the Blade needs to adopt the Slow News Movement and focus on getting stories completed and vetted fully before tackling the next stories.

The above shows a mistake in process flow. Why the rush for the next story? A1??? Maybe that mistake shows the archaic nature of applying newspaper thinking to today's web.

More from Murray's interesting column:

I’ve talked to the editors who read these stories before they were published, telling them to be on the lookout for stories that don’t have multiple voices and opinions.

I worry that in the rush to publish first on our digital platforms we sometimes don’t take the time to actually read a story before we publish it.

Whoa, whoa, whoa. No rule exists that implies that digital equals rushing. If digital=rushing, then that's a bad CHOICE made by the media orgs.

Craigslist, Facebook, nor Google made the Blade adopt the thinking that digital=rushing.

That kind of rushed, incomplete journalism can misinform readers, and it may not deserve funding by readers.

More from Murray about how the sausage is made:

... here is how it really works. Reporters’ stories are read during the day by desk editors or by an editor on the digital desk before they are published online.

Many of those stories, but not all of them, are then reread by the night city editor later in the day and then shipped to the copy desk where at least two, or three, copy editors read them again.

If a local story is picked for Page 1, it is also read by the news editor in charge of the copy desk, who then emails the edited story late at night to me, to the executive editor, and to the editor-in-chief.

The stories about the Methodists and Lake Erie didn’t run on Page 1 so they weren’t read by as many editors, and I didn’t read them before I saw them in the paper. That’s not an excuse, that’s just what happened.

That doesn't sound like the stories were rushed. It sounds like the stories did not receive as much code review. Ignored more.

And once again, this part of what Murray said sounds like last century, old newspaper thinking:

If a local story is picked for Page 1 ...

What does that mean in the context of displaying published stories in a feed or stream or river where the stories are sorted by created/updated date?

If a story was created yesterday but updated today, then that story bubbles back to the top of the feed/stream, like an old message board thread that received a new comment. And in the feed/stream, text would indicate that the story was updated.

I access the Blade via their RSS feeds. I read the Blade stories via my own web app because of the Blade's horrendous web design. I'm disinterested in the Blade's multiple mobile apps and other digital and print products.

The "Page 1" concept makes no sense and has no place in the way that I consume the Blade's content, which, in my opinion, is the proper way to consume digital content from a local media org.

I have no idea what stories are Page 1 stories because the feeds sort stories by created and/or updated dates. I don't choose to read the stories based upon whether some editor thinks that the stories are important enough to appear on a mythical Page 1. I choose to read the stories that appear in the feeds based upon what interests me. I'm the editor.

If the stories are important enough or interesting enough for me to click through to read, then those are Page 1 stories for me.

Murray concluded with:

If I’ve learned anything over my 39 years working at this newspaper, it is that very few issues are black and white. Most, and especially the most contentious issues, have many shades of gray to them.

It is not the job of the newsroom, or its reporting staff, to decide for readers who is right and who is wrong. It is our job to present as many viewpoints as possible in a story.

Blade readers can decide for themselves what they believe.

And I as a Blade digital subscriber and reader can decide on my own which stories are Page 1 caliber. This morning while accessing the Blade's RSS feed for opinions, I considered Murray's column above to be Page 1 material. Did it appear on the first page of today's print newspaper? Doubtful, but I don't care. That concept does not exist with me.

Murray's final thoughts:

What I don’t want to happen is for readers to think that the stories they read are one-sided, tilted to one perspective or another.

If that happens our credibility is shot and they won’t read us anymore — and they shouldn’t.


http://www.toledoblade.com/opinion/editorials/2019/04/14/wasted-bp-money-lake-erie-bill-of-rights-election/stories/20190410118

http://www.toledoblade.com/opinion/editorials/2019/04/13/mark-zuckerberg-facebook-internet-arbiter/stories/20190413015


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