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Social media 101: This is no time for clickbait

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I’m posting this now because seeing a third Facebook post talking about a major East Coast snowstorm this weekend was the final straw for me. I think I speak for everyone when I write enough of the clickbait. I’m in the social media business, so I completely understand the importance …

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The problem with Apple Watch alerts

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There are many things Apple could improve on the Apple Watch, and alerts are high up on the list. But not all of this is Apple’s fault. It’s up to the content provider to know what kinds of alerts work on what device. It’s not good enough to repurpose content …

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Thanksgiving dinner with the homeless

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This will be the 6th year where I deliver Thanksgiving dinner to Chicago’s homeless. I think it’s important that I share this story with you. I remember thinking back in 2010 about the leftovers that often go to waste after a big holiday meal. You always say you’re going to …

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The Friday Fix: Nov. 20, 2015

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Welcome to the Friday Fix, where I share random thoughts to ponder before the weekend. So here’s the real Chicago weather forecast for tonight and Saturday. There’s a winter storm warning for heavy snow that may or may not stick. Accumulations could range from 1-6 inches downtown to as much …

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Hurricane Patricia: Strongest hurricane ever

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Some of you may know this, but for those of you who don’t I always wanted to be a meteorologist, and I had a very specific goal in mind. I wanted to be the director of the National Hurricane Center. As a young child, I had a fascination with tropical …

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Problem with Apple Weather app on iOS

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There’s something weird happening with the Apple Weather app for iOS, the stock one that you have probably replaced with a better one anyhow. But I digress; accuracy matters no matter what the situation. My wife gets the credit for noticing it first. Note the photo to the left and …

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Chicago snow: When meteorologists attack

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On vacation. Back on Monday. Sorry I missed out on the snow. How did this work out for you? pic.twitter.com/kPLtmF8QVT — jerrytaft (@jerrytaft) March 12, 2014   Quite possibly the best weather tweet I’ve ever seen. For those of you in Chicago who somehow managed to miss this or if …

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The bitter truth about the polar vortex

Polar vortex. You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means. The last time the polar vortex “came down” and “invaded” the United States, “meteorologists” were amazed and couldn’t wait to share their “knowledge” with you. Why all the quotes, you ask? Because …

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The day I singlehandedly saved the world from CNN’s banana hammer

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All morning, CNN correspondent Ted Rowlands has been in Naperville, IL, showing the world how cold it is. He tried to demonstrate this by using a frozen banana to hammer a nail into a piece of wood. He labeled said fruit tool a “banana hammer.” Banana Hammer. You keep using …

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Nemo? The Weather Channel has officially jumped the shark – errr, clownfish

Nemo. Really? Have we actually sunk to this level? I grew up watching The Weather Channel. Ever since it first aired in 1982, when the cable box in my house was this little brown and black thing without any digital readout whatsoever, I had it on. The meteorologists were my …

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