I hadn’t been on TV for a few years before the last few days. It’s what I remember. Very enjoyable. A really good gig.
Being on TV nightly is like crack for middle age white guys!
I was a performer before becoming a meteorologist. Originally weather just seemed like a good place to perform.
It still is, but along the way I developed a serious crush on weather itself.
Forecasting is fun. I’m a math guy. I look at maps and charts and visualize what’s going to happen. Forecast models have gotten good enough to speak to me!
You don’t get all the details. You couldn’t remember all the details. You need the essence of a day which will be different morning, noon and night! You need actionable information.
Nearly all forecasters on TV are close in accuracy. There’s no competitive advantage to be had there. I need to be the guy who tells the best story.
It’s a challenge. Weather is ad libbed for a couple of minutes a few times a night. As a former boss pointed out, I do PowerPoint presentations. A different one every day.
Not everything works. I’m always trying.
My friend Peter Mokover, while my boss at WPEN, asked me not to tell the jokes that weren’t funny!
I’ve worked with two anchors so far and our tosses were great. That’s a sign of their confidence. Not everyone is playful on-camera. You’d be surprised. This is a jackpot for me!
I’m rambling… here’s what I’m getting at. Being on TV is very satisfying. It’s nice to be back on. It’s nice to to tell people, “Don’t go to sleep yet.”