N&O's weather page will be bigger, better

August 14, 2009 

This Monday, flip to the back of the Triangle & Co. section. If you're like many readers we've heard from during the past few months, you'll be pleased.

The weather report will again be the width of the paper. The international cities will be back, as well as most U.S. cities lost to the smaller format. Also returning: lake levels, tides and a five-day forecast.

A few months back, we cut the weather report to make more room for news content.

We thought we'd made a wise decision, until the phone calls and e-mail messages started rolling in. We expected some complaints but nothing like the volume we received.

We listened, and we're bringing back our half-page weather format.

There will be some other changes, too. The almanac section will have some new statistics -- seven-day rainfall totals and average daily temperature -- useful for gardeners.

And, for you hunters and fishermen, we've added solunar tables that forecast when fish and game are active.

We will not run a large North Carolina map, as we did before. Instead, all the cities that were on that map will appear in a list. By removing the map, we were able to give you more information about each location. Instead of just today's predicted temperature, you'll get yesterday's almanac information and two days of forecasts, complete with sky conditions, for each city.

To make room for a half page of weather, the TV listings will move to Page 2A.

Let us know what you think of our new weather report. Judson Drennan is responsible for The N&O's weather page.

Contact him at judson.drennan@newsobserver.com or 919-829-4812.

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