Links and Notes - Thu, Jul 18, 2019

7:05 p.m.

Four young robins foraged on our backyard now.

The temps did not warm up a ton after the thundershower. The sky cleared some late this afternoon, providing the most sunshine of the day now.

Toledo Express Airport (KTOL)
Jul 18, 2019 6:52 pm EDT
Weather : Fair
Temperature : 82 F
Humidity : 72%
Wind Speed : S 8 mph
Barometer : 29.83 in
Dewpoint: 72 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles
Heat Index : 87 F

Toledo Executive Airport (KTDZ)
Jul 18, 2019 6:53 pm EDT
Weather : Fair
Temperature : 82 F
Humidity : 67%
Wind Speed : S 12 mph
Barometer : 29.84 in
Dewpoint: 70 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles
Heat Index : 86 F

Date and Time: 07:00 PM, Thu, Jul 18, 2019
Summary: Humid
Air Temp: 85 F
Dew Point: 72 F
Humidity: 67 %
Wind Direction: South-Southwest
Wind Speed: 4 mph
Wind Gust: 6 mph
Apparent Air Temp: 91 F
Pressure: 29.80 inches
UV Index: Low : 1.0
Cloud Cover: 0 % : Clear
Precip Probability: 0 %
Precip Intensity: 0.0 : No Precip
Precip Type:
Visibility: 10.0 miles
Nearest Precip Distance: 75 miles
Nearest Precip Bearing: East-Northeast

3:56 p.m.

Holy crap!!! It's not raining. It's still low-light cloudy. While in the computer room, I noticed a bright flash through our south-facing window. A few seconds later, a massive bang explosion. It sounded like the loudest firework of the season. Sharp, powerful.

This shows the danger of lightning. That lightning occurred approximately one mile away. Cloud to cloud or cloud to lightning? That sound was sharp, short, and intense. Radar shows only light rain over central Lucas County. It's barely sprinkling here. The line of thundershowers with heavier rain is located at the eastern end of Lucas County.

That lightning flash was a surprise. Rouge-like. No other lightning nor thunder has been heard since, and I don't remember any in the minutes leading up to this bang.

3:36 p.m.

Our local garbage talk radio on AM 1370 WSPD. The failed DJ talk show host said that we are under a severe heat warning. Wrong. Parts of the Toledo area are under a Severe Thunderstorm Warning while the region is under an Excessive Heat Warning. The talk show host said that the severe heat warning last for four days. That's also wrong. He's a peddler of misinformation.

The Excessive Heat Warning started at Noon today, and currently, it last until 8:00 p.m. Saturday, which is 54 hours, which is slightly more than two days.

I don't know if Toledo hit 90 degrees yet today. The area hit 88 to 90 before the rain. We had a fair amount of cloud cover all day. Unless the sky clears and temps soar late this afternoon, today has not been an excessive heat day nor a severe heat day. Today won't register as being as bad many other hot and humid days that occurred since mid-June. Last Sunday was worse. Monday was much worse than today.

3:33 p.m.

Rain intensity is decreasing. Now light.

From my flash briefing.

http://toledoweather.info/briefing.html

The following important weather statements exist: A Excessive Heat Warning. A Hazardous Weather Outlook. A Special Weather Statement. A Severe Thunderstorm Warning.


urgent - weather message
national weather service cleveland oh
321 pm edt thu jul 18 2019

...hot and humid conditions expected through saturday...

ohz003-006>008-017-018-027-028-036-037-190330-
/o.con.kcle.eh.w.0001.000000t0000z-190721t0000z/
lucas-wood-ottawa-sandusky-hancock-seneca-wyandot-crawford-marion-
morrow-
including the cities of toledo, bowling green, port clinton,
fremont, findlay, tiffin, upper sandusky, bucyrus, marion,
and mount gilead
321 pm edt thu jul 18 2019

...excessive heat warning remains in effect until 8 pm edt
saturday...

precautionary/preparedness actions...

an excessive heat warning is issued when a prolonged period of
dangerously hot weather will occur. the combination of high
temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a dangerous
situation in which heat illnesses are likely. drink plenty of
fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and
check up on relatives and neighbors.

3:31 p.m.

Moderate to heavy rainfall intensity now. Straight down rain. No wind. It's a good soaker. Our tomato plants have done well this week with the heat, the humidity, and the rain.

3:30 p.m.

Light rain started at 3:27 p.m.

Light to moderate rain started at 3:28 p.m.

Moderate rain is falling now.

This is the fourth consecutive day that rain has fallen at some point during the day, mostly from thundershowers.

Our current thundershower contained some downdrafts, but not nearly as much wind nor as strong as wind gusts as what occurred on Monday afternoon.

3:26 p.m.

It's dark outside for 3:26 p.m. in July. The garage lights came on for us and our neighbors. This blob of weather looked worse when it existed back in the Chicago and northwestern Indiana area. The area has broken down in size, but some strong cells still exist. Rain is imminent.

3:17 p.m.

At least one Scissor-grinder Cicada started singing now. I believe it's because of the low light due to a line of thunderstorms approaching. It's dark outside like it's after 8:00 p.m.

Now more than one Scissor-grinder is singing. The strongest part of the approaching cell should stay south of West Toledo. We should experience a very brief of mod-hvy rainfall. Then a break followed by some light rain.


severe thunderstorm warning
ohc095-123-143-173-182000-
/o.new.kcle.sv.w.0139.190718t1914z-190718t2000z/

bulletin - immediate broadcast requested
severe thunderstorm warning
national weather service cleveland oh
314 pm edt thu jul 18 2019

the national weather service in cleveland has issued a

hazard...60 mph wind gusts and penny size hail.

source...radar indicated.

impact...expect damage to trees and power lines.

precautionary/preparedness actions...

for your protection move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a
building.

&&

lat...lon 4164 8382 4166 8326 4160 8308 4126 8311
4125 8342 4125 8350 4130 8384
time...mot...loc 1914z 281deg 31kt 4162 8372 4131 8373

hail...0.75in
wind...60mph

3:08 p.m.

TOL:
Jul 18, 2019 2:52 pm EDT
Weather : Fair
Temperature : 89 F
Humidity : 59%
Wind Speed : WSW 9 mph
Barometer : 29.93 in
Dewpoint: 73 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles
Heat Index : 97 F

Date and Time: 03:00 PM, Thu, Jul 18, 2019
Summary: Humid and Partly Cloudy
Air Temp: 90 F
Dew Point: 74 F
Humidity: 61 %
Wind Direction: Southwest
Wind Speed: 6 mph
Wind Gust: 8 mph
Apparent Air Temp: 99 F
Pressure: 29.90 inches
UV Index: High : 7.0
Cloud Cover: 46 % : Partly Cloudy
Precip Probability: 0 %
Precip Intensity: 0.0 : No Precip
Precip Type:
Visibility: 10.0 miles
Nearest Precip Distance: 6 miles
Nearest Precip Bearing: Northwest


special weather statement
national weather service cleveland oh
248 pm edt thu jul 18 2019

ohz003-006-181945-
wood-lucas-
248 pm edt thu jul 18 2019

...a line of strong thunderstorms will affect wood and lucas
counties...

at 248 pm edt, radar indicated strong thunderstorms were located
along a line extending from near milan to near holgate. movement was
east at 35 mph.

winds in excess of 30 mph are possible with these storms.

locations impacted include...
bowling green, fostoria, swanton, perrysburg, oregon, sylvania,
rossford, waterville, northwood, whitehouse, north baltimore,
holland, weston, maumee, ottawa hills, walbridge, pemberville,
millbury, haskins and luckey.

if outdoors, consider seeking shelter inside a building.

lat...lon 4172 8388 4173 8346 4173 8345 4172 8347
4171 8345 4170 8346 4169 8344 4170 8344
4169 8343 4170 8334 4162 8337 4162 8342
4117 8342 4117 8388
time...mot...loc 1848z 291deg 30kt 4204 8376 4118 8408

$$

oudeman

1:04 p.m.

Good bird activity occurred late this morning in our front yard and backyard. At least six robins and at least six grackles existed. At least two Northern Flickers were in our backyard. I watched one flicker forage for several minutes on our back driveway by drilling for ants and other goodies in the concrete seams.

Today has been partly sunny to cloudy.

Toledo Express Airport (KTOL)
Jul 18, 2019 12:52 pm EDT
Weather : A Few Clouds
Temperature : 88 F
Humidity : 61%
Wind Speed : SSW 7 mph
Barometer : 29.95 in
Dewpoint: 73 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles
Heat Index : 96 F

Toledo Executive Airport (KTDZ)
Jul 18, 2019 12:53 pm EDT
Weather : Partly Cloudy
Temperature : 88 F
Humidity : 63%
Wind Speed : WSW 13 mph
Barometer : 29.96 in
Dewpoint: 74 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles
Heat Index : 97 F

Date and Time: 01:00 PM, Thu, Jul 18, 2019
Summary: Humid and Partly Cloudy
Air Temp: 88 F
Dew Point: 74 F
Humidity: 64 %
Wind Direction: Southwest
Wind Speed: 5 mph
Wind Gust: 6 mph
Apparent Air Temp: 97 F
Pressure: 29.93 inches
UV Index: Very High : 9.0
Cloud Cover: 20 % : Mostly Clear
Precip Probability: 0 %
Precip Intensity: 0.0 : No Precip
Precip Type:
Visibility: 10.0 miles
Nearest Precip Distance: 59 miles
Nearest Precip Bearing: Northeast

9:29 a.m.

The Linne's Cicada sang now, nearby.

9:00 a.m.

Two young robins are foraging on our backyard.

8:25 a.m.

One adult American Robin foraged in the west spirea flower bed of our backyard. I was gone all day on Sunday and yesterday. We had good robin activity, several robins, last Saturday, but I noticed little to no robin activity around our home on Monday and Tuesday. Same for the Common Grackles.

8:17 a.m.

This morning was comfy, indoors and out. Temps were in the mid-70s.

From my http://toledoweather.info briefing:

Here is the synopsis from the most recent area forecast discussion. High pressure will ridge northward from the southeastern United States today then remain nearly stationary through Saturday. A cold front will slide southeast across the region Saturday night with a reinforcing surge of cooler air arriving Sunday night. High pressure will build south toward the area early next week.


Toledo Express Airport (KTOL)
Jul 18, 2019 7:52 am EDT
Weather : Fair
Temperature : 76 F
Humidity : 74%
Wind Speed : Calm
Barometer : 29.95 in
Dewpoint: 67 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles

Toledo Executive Airport (KTDZ)
Jul 18, 2019 7:53 am EDT
Weather : Fair
Temperature : 75 F
Humidity : 76%
Wind Speed : S 3 mph
Barometer : 29.96 in
Dewpoint: 67 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles

Toledo Suburban Airport (KDUH)
Jul 18, 2019 7:59 am EDT
Weather : Fair
Temperature : 74 F
Humidity : 87%
Wind Speed : Calm
Barometer : 29.95 in
Dewpoint: 70 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles

Date and Time: 08:15 AM, Thu, Jul 18, 2019
Summary: Clear
Air Temp: 75 F
Dew Point: 70 F
Humidity: 84 %
Wind Direction: South-Southwest
Wind Speed: 3 mph
Wind Gust: 7 mph
Apparent Air Temp: 76 F
Pressure: 29.94 inches
UV Index: Low : 1.0
Cloud Cover: 0 % : Clear
Precip Probability: 0 %
Precip Intensity: 0.0 : No Precip
Precip Type:
Visibility: 9.225 miles
Nearest Precip Distance: 2 miles
Nearest Precip Bearing: North


urgent - weather message
national weather service cleveland oh
323 am edt thu jul 18 2019

...hot and humid conditions expected today through saturday...

ohz003-006>008-017-018-027-028-036-037-181530-
/o.upg.kcle.eh.a.0001.190719t1600z-190721t0000z/
/o.new.kcle.eh.w.0001.190718t1600z-190721t0000z/
lucas-wood-ottawa-sandusky-hancock-seneca-wyandot-crawford-marion-
morrow-
including the cities of toledo, bowling green, port clinton,
fremont, findlay, tiffin, upper sandusky, bucyrus, marion,
and mount gilead
323 am edt thu jul 18 2019

...excessive heat warning in effect from noon today to 8 pm edt
saturday...

the national weather service in cleveland has issued an excessive
heat warning, which is in effect from noon today to 8 pm edt
saturday. the excessive heat watch is no longer in effect.

precautionary/preparedness actions...

an excessive heat warning is issued when a prolonged period of
dangerously hot weather will occur. the combination of high
temperatures and high humidity will combine to create a dangerous
situation in which heat illnesses are likely. drink plenty of
fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and
check up on relatives and neighbors.


Toledo 7-day forecast
Last Update: Jul 18, 2019 6:30 am

Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 94. Heat index values as high as 102. Calm wind becoming southwest 5 to 8 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 77. Southwest wind 8 to 10 mph.

Friday: Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 98. Heat index values as high as 110. Southwest wind 9 to 14 mph.

Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 78. Southwest wind 8 to 14 mph.

Saturday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 96. Southwest wind 8 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 75. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Sunday: A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 88. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Sunday Night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 3am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Monday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 82.

Monday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 61.

Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 80.

Tuesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 60.

Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 82.


Rain on Sunday, with high temperatures peaking at 96�F on Saturday.

Thu, Jul 18, 2019 - Humid and partly cloudy throughout the day. Cloud cover: Mostly Clear. Precip type: rain. Precip probability: 13 %. Low temp 80 at 05:00 AM. High temp 92 at 05:00 PM. Dew point 72. Humidity 72. Apparent high temp 100. Wind: South-Southwest at 7 mph. Sunrise: 06:16 AM. Sunset: 09:06 PM. Moon: 0.57 = Waning Gibbous.

Fri, Jul 19, 2019 - Humid and partly cloudy throughout the day. Cloud cover: Partly Cloudy. Precip type: rain. Precip probability: 24 %. Low temp 80 at 07:00 AM. High temp 95 at 05:00 PM. Dew point 75. Humidity 70. Apparent high temp 109. Wind: Southwest at 12 mph. Sunrise: 06:17 AM. Sunset: 09:05 PM. Moon: 0.6 = Waning Gibbous.

Sat, Jul 20, 2019 - Humid and partly cloudy throughout the day. Cloud cover: Mostly Clear. Precip type: rain. Precip probability: 13 %. Low temp 72 at 08:00 AM. High temp 96 at 05:00 PM. Dew point 74. Humidity 66. Apparent high temp 107. Wind: West-Southwest at 11 mph. Sunrise: 06:18 AM. Sunset: 09:05 PM. Moon: 0.63 = Waning Gibbous.

Sun, Jul 21, 2019 - Rain until evening. Cloud cover: Mostly Cloudy. Precip type: rain. Precip probability: 92 %. Low temp 61 at 07:00 AM. High temp 76 at 12:00 PM. Dew point 68. Humidity 83. Apparent high temp 77. Wind: North-Northeast at 8 mph. Sunrise: 06:19 AM. Sunset: 09:04 PM. Moon: 0.66 = Waning Gibbous.

Mon, Jul 22, 2019 - Partly cloudy throughout the day. Cloud cover: Mostly Clear. Precip type: . Precip probability: 4 %. Low temp 61 at 06:00 AM. High temp 79 at 06:00 PM. Dew point 57. Humidity 67. Apparent high temp 79. Wind: North at 8 mph. Sunrise: 06:20 AM. Sunset: 09:03 PM. Moon: 0.69 = Waning Gibbous.

Tue, Jul 23, 2019 - Clear throughout the day. Cloud cover: Clear. Precip type: rain. Precip probability: 1 %. Low temp 62 at 06:00 AM. High temp 81 at 06:00 PM. Dew point 55. Humidity 58. Apparent high temp 81. Wind: Northwest at 6 mph. Sunrise: 06:21 AM. Sunset: 09:02 PM. Moon: 0.72 = Waning Gibbous.

Wed, Jul 24, 2019 - Mostly cloudy throughout the day. Cloud cover: Partly Cloudy. Precip type: . Precip probability: 0 %. Low temp 65 at 05:00 AM. High temp 84 at 06:00 PM. Dew point 56. Humidity 55. Apparent high temp 84. Wind: West-Northwest at 4 mph. Sunrise: 06:22 AM. Sunset: 09:01 PM. Moon: 0.75 = Last Quarter Moon.


area forecast discussion
national weather service cleveland oh
629 am edt thu jul 18 2019

.synopsis...
high pressure will ridge northward from the southeastern united
states today then remain nearly stationary through saturday. a
cold front will slide southeast across the region saturday night
with a reinforcing surge of cooler air arriving sunday night. high
pressure will build south toward the area early next week.

&&

.near term /through friday/...
only minor changes have been made to the temperatures and sky
cover to reflect current conditions.

previous discussion...
increasing heat remains the main story for this forecast. all
locations will warm today with nw ohio being the hottest.
western areas will only hit heat advisory levels (heat indices
100-104) today but the cumulative impacts of the heat will begin
this afternoon and continue into saturday. the elevated
afternoon heat indices will reach into the heat warning
criteria (greater than 105) on friday and saturday with a few
locations seeing 110 or higher for a few hours across the west.
so these high heat indices combined with lows above 75 degrees
will cause a cumulative impact on the region through saturday.
this is the reason we hoisted the warning for nw ohio starting
today.

it will be very warm to hot elsewhere today but the extreme heat
likely wont arrive until friday into saturday. so we will
continue with the excessive heat watch for now. there is some
uncertainty about the highest heat index values across the
region with convective debris cloudiness moving over the region
from the west. there are also some low chances that some thunder
could move into nw ohio or maybe even across lake erie into nw
pa early friday morning. outflow from this convection combined
with a lake boundary that will be along the lakeshore from lake
county to erie county, pa may generate enough low level
convergence to produce isolated/scattered thunderstorms. did
not go widespread with the thunderstorm chances since 5h
heights are at least 591 dm across the region. this typically
greatly reduces the convective coverage and may be enough to
keep it from developing. if thunderstorms can develop they will
have the potential to produce strong winds and maybe some small
hail, especially on friday across nw pa.

&&

.short term /friday night through sunday night/...
the upper level ridge and heat wave will be in full force going into
saturday. the center of the heat wave will be over the ohio river
valley region. overnight low temperatures friday night into saturday
morning will be near record high minimums for the date. some
locations will remain in the upper 70s to near 80 for overnight low
temperatures, especially around urban areas. a frontal boundary will
start drifting southward across the upper great lakes region on
saturday. we may see a few more clouds and a slight chance for a
shower or storm along our northern areas. but only a lucky few may
see a cooling spot rain shower. the main story will still be the
dangerous heat wave saturday. afternoon temperatures will top out in
the middle 90s again with heat indices between 100 to 110.

the ridge starts to break down saturday night into sunday. we will
see that frontal boundary make progress moving southward. widespread
showers and storms are likely sunday into sunday night. temperatures
will still be warm ahead of the front but more typical warmth. we
will have to keep an eye out for a few stronger to severe storms
possible sunday afternoon and evening.

&&

.long term /monday through wednesday/...
a big weather pattern change is heading our way for the early and
middle of next week. a big amplified weather pattern sets up with a
large ridge in the western u.s. and a deep trough develops over the
great lakes region. we will see a refreshing northerly flow with
cooler and drier weather coming down from canada. some clouds and a
few showers may still be around early on monday before the drier
airmass moves in. we will see dewpoints drop into the lower 50s and
be very comfortable. overnight low temperatures will be in the 50s
to around 60. afternoon high temperatures will be in the middle 70s
to lower 80s. we will be able to give the a.c. a break and open the
windows!

&&

.aviation /12z thursday through monday/...
areas of mvfr/ifr fog will cause issues until just after sunrise.
most of the issues will be for kcak and kyng, but mvfr fog will
be possible elsewhere. otherwise it appears there will be periods
of convective debris cloudiness from the west with some afternoon
cumulus mixed in with it. any thunderstorms should remain across
central indiana and across michigan this afternoon.

winds will be rather light today. lake breeze will likely impact
keri and may attempt to reach kcle.

outlook...non-vfr possible in showers and thunderstorms
friday and again saturday night through sunday night.

&&

.marine...
weak high pressure over the lake this morning is giving us light and
variable winds. southerly winds 5 to 10 knots will return later today
and tonight. southwesterly winds 10 to 20 knots will be over the
lake on friday and we may get close to a small craft advisory due to
wind speeds. southwesterly winds 10 to 15 knots will continue into
saturday ahead of an advancing cold front. winds on sunday may be
somewhat erratic and changing with a frontal boundary slowly moving
across the lake as well as interacting surface boundaries from
convection. a stronger high pressure system moves in for monday
through early next week with a northerly flow over the lake 10 to 20
knots. we may see a day or two early next week with small craft
advisory conditions with higher wind speeds and higher waves near
the north facing lakeshore.

&&

.climate...
it will be hot over the next 3 days but most of the records
will be tough to reach. here is a list of the record highs
and the warmest minimum temperature today through saturday.

location today friday saturday

canton/akron 96 in 193098 in 1930 100 in 1980
79 in 2013 78 in 1930

cleveland96 in 187895 in 1930* 98 in 1930
79 in 1930* 78 in 1926*

erie94 in 196893 in 1946 93 in 1926
77 in 1930 78 in 1987*

mansfield96 in 1942 100 in 1930102 in 1930
78 in 1977 79 in 1977

toledo97 in 1942 102 in 1930102 in 1930
77 in 1930* 76 in 1934*

youngstown98 in 194298 in 1942 95 in 1991
76 in 1942* 75 in 1977*

&&

.cle watches/warnings/advisories...
oh...excessive heat watch from friday afternoon through saturday
evening for ohz009>011-019>023-029>033-038-047.
excessive heat warning from noon today to 8 pm edt saturday
for ohz003-006>008-017-018-027-028-036-037.
pa...none.
marine...none.

&&

$$
synopsis...mm
near term...mm
short term...griffin
long term...griffin
aviation...mm
marine...griffin
climate...mm


nearshore marine forecast
national weather service cleveland oh
336 am edt thu jul 18 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.

lez142>149-181445-
lake erie nearshore waters from maumee bay to reno beach oh-
lake erie nearshore waters from reno beach to the islands oh-
lake erie nearshore waters from the islands to vermilion oh-
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-
336 am edt thu jul 18 2019

.today...southeast winds 10 knots or less becoming southwest
10 to 15 knots. mostly sunny. waves 1 foot or less.
.tonight...south winds 5 to 15 knots becoming southwest. partly
cloudy. waves 2 feet or less.
.friday...southwest winds 15 to 20 knots becoming west. partly
sunny. waves 1 to 3 feet.
.friday night...southwest winds 15 to 20 knots diminishing to
10 to 15 knots. partly cloudy. waves 1 to 3 feet.

see lake erie open lakes forecast for saturday through monday.

the water temperature ff toledo is 78 degrees, off cleveland 62
degrees and off erie 74 degrees.


Links

http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/07/tensions-rise-at-first-look-media-over-companys-direction.html

https://www.niemanlab.org/2019/07/how-free-press-convinced-new-jersey-to-allocate-2-million-for-rehabilitating-local-news/


https://www.buzzfeed.com/markdistefano/athletic-hiring-spree

US sports site The Athletic poaches Daniel Taylor from The Guardian and David Ornstein from the BBC, continuing its UK football journalism talent hiring spree

The Athletic has grown considerably over the past two or three years. When I joined as a subscriber in 2016 or 2017, The Athletic covered a handful of cities, including Cleveland and Detroit.

This is probably a reason why journalists use Twitter: to grow their personal brands.

... Ornstein, who has grown a cult following on Twitter for his tweets about transfer news and Arsenal ...

The Athletic jump-started its operation a few years ago after numerous, national U.S. sports media orgs fired many of its writers, including well-known journalists, because those media orgs wanted to focus more on video.

The Athletic hired several of those fired writers because The Athletic still believed that text was important.


MA prosecutors drop a criminal groping case against Kevin Spacey, saying the accuser is unavailable as a witness; civil suit was dismissed earlier this month

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/07/17/massachusetts-drops-criminal-case-against-actor-kevin-spacey-following-sexual-assault-allegations.html


Facebook Journalism Project announces 22 projects receiving grants between $5,000 and $25,000 to fund community-building proposals over the next six months

https://www.niemanlab.org/2019/07/attempting-a-meta-network-for-local-news-facebook-announces-community-building-grantees/

https://mediagazer.com/190717/p7#a190717p7

Mathew Ingram / @mathewi: I get that local journalism efforts need money, and Facebook has plenty — and is willing to spend it. I just wish there was a bit more skepticism in pieces like these about their motivation, the long-term effects, etc.

Kara Swisher believes that Facebook should fund local journalism in entirety, which would probably be worst than not having professional, local media orgs.

No local media would be better for society than a Facebook-owned local media ecosystem.

Block Club Chicago will receive one of these Facebook grants. I funded BCC's Kickstarter back in early 2017. BCC uses the Civil platform.

From the story:

Here’s the full list of recipients:

100 Days in Appalachia: Pilot a network of “context” creators (rather than content creators) to help reporters/editors cover the region with nuance and depth that prevents extractive storytelling, stereotypes and simplistic narratives. Produce toolkit with guidelines on how — and how not to — cover the region for release for the 2020 election year cycle.
Block Club Chicago, Chicago, IL: Create a fellowship to cover and host community gatherings in the underserved Far South Side.
Carolina Public Press, North Carolina: Embed reporters in food banks across North Carolina. Conduct listening sessions with food bank clients, community forums, produce stories and two online toolkits aimed at uncovering root causes and potential solutions to hunger.
Chalkbeat, New York, NY: Conduct a multi-city listening tour combining live events with online surveys to understand gaps in local education information.
Crosstown LA, Los Angeles: Creating new products to scale up data sharing with local newsrooms.
Detour Media LLC, Detroit, MI: Grow membership to 50 percent of monthly revenue through a Community Powered Journalist program that includes citizen journalism trainings, public workshops, community meetings, Q&As and community interaction.
Documented, New York, NY: Create a database sourced through public records that identifies New York companies guilty of wage theft and distribute this information to consumers.
EducationNC, Raleigh, NC: Launch a six-month effort to build community and audience among students at North Carolina’s 58 community colleges through a series of town halls.
High Ground News, Memphis, TN: Expanding coverage of Memphis neighborhoods to include community contributors by providing residents with tools, training, mentorship and editing support from an assigned mentor and the news team.
Injustice Watch, Chicago, IL: Partner with community organizations and newsrooms to create a series of events called, “Know the System,” that will include panel discussions on various aspects of the criminal justice system.
Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, CA: Fund community forums and provide copies of monthly book selections to nonprofits and others in conjunction with the new Los Angeles Times Book Club.
Mississippi Today, MS: Expand our Mississippi expatriates efforts with events in nearby states, a monthly newsletter and an expat Facebook group.
Native American Journalists Association, Norman, OK: NAJA’s goal is to increase the Indigenous voice in newsrooms from 0.2 percent to 2 percent within the next 10 years by targeting Indigenous student journalists with specialized training and mentorship.
Newsday, Long Island, NY: Pilot an obituary outreach program to create stories of Long Island residents currently underrepresented in Newsday’s coverage.
Nevada Public Radio, Las Vegas, NV: Collaborative reporting project focused on acute issues of rural healthcare access in Tonopah, Nevada
Omaha Star, Omaha, NE: Tackle responsible neighborhood development and gentrification in one of Omaha’s historically underserved communities through collaboration with neighborhood associations and deep reporting. The process will become a template for neighborhood leaders.
Outlier Media, Detroit, MI: Develop and test a watchdog news product to reach low-income news consumers and share associated research with newsrooms.
Radio Ambulante, New York, NY: Develop and open source a platform for Listening Clubs, an engagement model for podcast listeners to organize independent gatherings based on audio journalism.
Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake City, UT: Coordinate, analyze and report on a never-before conducted poll of Utah women where they face the nation’s widest wage gap. Host focus groups for targeted populations, including women of color, lesbians, youth and trans women.
Spaceship Media, San Francisco, CA: Partner with the local library for “On the Fence,” a conversation series aimed at building trust, connection and civic engagement in Douglas, Arizona, where a new port of entry has polarized and divided the community.
Texas Tribune, Austin, TX: Increase audience diversification, newsletter acquisition and involvement in the next election cycle by targeting people new to Texas and/or Texas politics through an “onboarding Texans” email campaign.
Tyler Loop, Tyler, TX: Expand successful storytelling events to promote diverse and fresh perspectives while building audience, increasing memberships and adding sponsorships.
WURD Radio, Philadelphia, PA: Creation of community-sourced “WURD Show On The Go,” a new initiative rooted in community engagement and local news generation.

Holy hell. https://detourdetroiter.com/detour-detroit-stories. Facebook should rescind its offer, based upon this horrendous web design that displays content in tiles or Pinterest-like, and the site requires JavaScript. !?!?!? WTF !?!?!?

It's proof that shit web design can make money.

Article pages, however, will function with JavaScript disabled.

https://detourdetroiter.com/detroit-residents-left-high-and-dry/

At least the site offers a feed.

https://detourdetroiter.com/feed/

The site, however, does not display a feed icon on its homepage. It displays icons for its silo presences, such as Facebook and Instagram. The story pages contain sharing icons for Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, Pinterest, and LinkedIn.


Sky News has appointed Hannah Thomas-Peter as its first dedicated climate change correspondent, the first UK title to do so

https://www.pressgazette.co.uk/sky-news-appoints-first-dedicated-climate-change-correspondent/

https://www.niemanlab.org/2017/10/stratechery-as-a-service-substack-aims-to-streamline-the-creation-of-independent-subscription-news-sites/

August 2017:
https://on.substack.com/p/hit-em-in-their-inboxes


https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/07/jake-tapper-twitter-democrats-ilhan-omar-aoc.html

Jake Tapper Appears to Have Taken a Break From Truth-Telling

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/07/17/democrats-admit-to-cnns-tapper-the-president-won-this-one-squad-hurting-the-party/

Democrats Admit to CNN's Tapper: ‘The President Won This One’ — ‘Squad’ Hurting the Party


https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/just-a-random-group-of-republicans-cnn-doesnt-tell-the-whole-story-about-a-trump-loving-panel/2019/07/17/6977617c-a8d5-11e9-86dd-d7f0e60391e9_story.html

CNN didn't reveal that the pro-Trump women it interviewed, which seemed to represent a cross-section of opinion, were actually members of an organized group


https://www.cjr.org/public_editor/cnn-richard-spencer-racism.php

Why CNN shouldn't have given screen time to white supremacist Richard Spencer for reaction to Trump's racist tweets: normalization of racism, diversion of focus

https://thehill.com/homenews/media/453419-cnn-slammed-for-having-white-nationalist-richard-spencer-on-to-talk-about