This is not my first time at the rodeo. I’ve covered hurricanes or their remnants a few times here in Connecticut. My first was Hurricane Gloria in 1985.
I was thinking about Gloria while sitting across from Al Terzi earlier this afternoon. Al was our main anchor in New Haven when Gloria came.
Back then TV stations weren’t as anxious to hop on a story and beat it to death! OK. Exaggeration.
Though Gloria was coming in the afternoon we ran our regular morning programming. That included ABC’s Good Morning America.
In 1984 GMA’s weather presenter was meteorologist Dave Murray. He’s in St. Louis now.
On the morning of Gloria’s arrival a meteorologist at ABC drew a tracking chart which was then given to an artist who produced the graphic seen on-the-air. Using a paintbox type program the artist drew the projected path exactly where told.
Unfortunately, the computer used the pen’s location as the left border of the line, not the center! That pushed the storm’s path out toward Rhode Island.
All morning Dave Murray would do the forecast, including the tracking map and toss to the local weather. Then I’d come on and try and undo his tracking map! All this in a very limited time frame.
If you’re a longtime Connecticut resident you’ll remember Al Terzi anchoring with Janet Peckinpaugh, Diane Smith’s voice is there along with a waterlogged David Henry and some folks I just don’t recognize anymore.
My friend Ryan Hanrahan posted this video to his blog earlier tonight. I didn’t even know it was around. It’s from a special we did on WTNH after Hurricane Gloria.
If you’re a longtime Connecticut resident you’ll remember Al Terzi anchoring with Janet Peckinpaugh. Diane Smith’s voice is also there with a waterlogged David Henry and some folks I just don’t recognize anymore. And, of course, the Action News music!
At some point everything will be on the Internet. For instance, this afternoon my friend Bob sent me an IM:
Bob: you have email. may make you laugh–(not my upload)
This NEVER bodes well!
At some point everything will be on the Internet. For instance, this afternoon my friend Bob sent me an IM
Bob: you have email. may make you laugh
(not my upload)
This NEVER bodes well!
The photo below is from September 26, 1985. I remember the suit. It was silk. I loved that suit.
There is one part of that photo I forgot. The prediction was for tropical storm, not hurricane strength, winds¹. Somehow in the fog of time I thought I’d called for minimal hurricane force. Gloria was absolutely a tropical storm when it hit Connecticut, though it’s probably officially recorded as a hurricane at landfall.
¹ – We had AccuWeather for a short time very much against my will. Trust me. It was a forecast prepared by me.