If you’ve ever wondered what it would look like if 9 feet of water flooded onto your street, you can wonder no longer. The Weather Channel has a graphic animation for that.
Weather nerds were treated to the new technology Thursday as Hurricane Florence barreled down on the East Coast. Watch the video of Greg Postel above, or Erika L. Navarro in the tweet below, as the Weather Channel meteorologists explain the dangers of storm surge — while pretend water rises well above their heads.
As you can imagine, social media reacted in a way that only social media can:
If you’re interested in the technical specs, Wired got the lowdown on how The Weather Channel “only finished the new ‘green screen immersive studio’ at its Atlanta headquarters this week.”
“We’ve talked about transforming the way that we present weather, evolving it into something that’s a visceral kind of experience, where you just want to watch the presentation because it’s amazing, because it’s beautiful,” Michael Potts, The Weather Channel’s vice president of design, told the tech website. “Because you’re learning something, and you may not even know you’re learning something.”
Add this to the list of signs that a storm is going to be really bad:
1. Jim Cantore shows up in your front yard.
2. They close the local Waffle House.
3. The Weather Channel starts drowning its meteorologists in graphics while talking about it.
David Selig is Senior Digital Editor at the Sun Sentinel. Contact him at email@example.com.
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