Does anyone remember the girl band B*Witched? They had that hit song "Blame it on the Weatherman," can't remember? Do yourself a favor and relive the 90s and watch it here. But when we're not talking unrequited love, it's not as easy to just blame the weather on the weather man. We were in Storm Mode all weekend at KMOV, along with the rest of St. Louis. There was a threat of a major ice storm that essentially shut down a good portion of the state for 36 hours.
In the end it did not get as bad as predicted. But all it would have taken was a degree or two of difference. I am not a meteorologist, heck, I was absolutely terribly at science in school, but I trust our meteorologist who study those models and do their best to predict the unpredictable. Its frustrating sometimes to see them getting hated on all the time. But part of our job in TV is to take the criticism along with the praise, although there recently seems to be much more of the former...
Storm coverage is always a crazy day. Whether it's an ice storm or a tornado, it's always hectic, you have to be ready to drop what your doing (mid-interview even!) and switch gears. There's an adrenaline rush that sticks with you through out the day that helps make you forget you haven't drank any water and all you've eaten in nine hours was a smashed peanut butter sandwiched. But weather coverage remains the number one reason people turn to local news. Local reporters and local meteorologists know the area, I can tell you that the overpass onto 170 is iced over or that you should head to a different Schnucks because the one in South County is completely sold out of bread. (I did no less then five live shots from the bread aisle during last week's storm). You're iPhone weather app or even the national Weather Channel is never going to be able to give pin-pointed info for traveling your specific neighborhood in a storm.
Here are my lessons learned during storm coverage:
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