Northeastern Nebraska is up and running and I think going well. No one’s told me to change anything. That’s usually a good sign.
A new phone sits on my desk. I’m extension 1008. If I make a call, it says it’s coming from Nebraska.
My News Channel Nebraska weathercasts are different. They’re meant to be recorded, not seen live, for frequent playback. The recordings are made with a supposition of the future. I record two forecasts four times a day. Eight total.
Any technical snafu means a redo. You learn to make fewer mistakes. Snafu’s suck and I can only get mad at myself. Helaine laughs because I sometimes chastise myself aloud after a screw-up. I call myself, Geoffrey.
The station buys and licenses a number of custom maps which are constantly updated. As soon as they’re baked (just outside of Boston by an affiliate of The Weather Channel) they’re uploaded to my server. My TriCaster pulls them in automatically.
It’s crazy. It seems too complex and sophisticated to be in a garage — but it is. All the data is refreshed 24/7/365. And it looks really good.
When I click my button a map may change or a more complex set of events takes place. There are usually twelve button pushes in an NCN forecast. More steps for this weathercast than Palm Springs where there’s also a director at the station while I’m on.
These two and a half minute 720p HD files are immense. Over a gigabyte each. I transcode them, adding a little compression, to make them small enough to send, approximately 180 Mb each.
I am the only human involved in the whole process. Can you imagine? A few years ago this was impossible. inserted into programming automatically.
I have a healthy fear of forecasting Nebraska weather, which can be brutal. I’m starting in the one quiet season. Rainy Friday. Beautiful Saturday.
I look forward to the challenge, though I will not turn down good luck. There is no upside in being wrong.