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The National Weather Service has ended more than a century of idiosyncratic typographical tradition — IN WHICH FORECASTS RAN ON FOR PAGES AND PAGES IN ALL CAPITAL LETTERS:
Sometime overnight Tuesday, without any fanfare, the agency began publishing normal sentences like the one you're reading now:
The NWS said last month that it has been trying since the 1990s to stop writing like a furious Internet troll, but "it took the next 20 years or so for users of Weather Service products to phase out the last of the old equipment that would only recognize teletype."
It's not the first time the NWS' dry, staccato discussions have made news. During the federal budget shutdown of 2013, a forecaster at the agency's Anchorage, Alaska, office sent out a forecast with a hidden message in the first paragraph: PLEASE PAY US.