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Minneapolis-St. Paul CBS owned station WCCO is going old school with its new rooftop sign called the Weather Watcher that that changes colors depending to the weather.
According to the station, “Red means it’ll get warmer. Blue, cooler. White signals no change, and green means snow or rain.”
The Weather Watcher is part of a larger rooftop weather area featuring a full outdoor kitchen, a lawn and artwork made by artists using local materials.
“In Minnesota, our lives revolve around the weather and WCCO-TV is proud to present this Minneapolis landmark and important public service,” Brien Kennedy, WCCO-TV’s vice president and general manager said in a statement.
According to the Pioneer Press, the Weather Watcher is a reminder of the area’s past. “It’s a nod to the iconic Weatherball that was perched on top of the Northwestern National Bank building in downtown Minneapolis for more than 30 years before a fire destroyed the building on Thanksgiving Day in 1982.” Read more
Jeanes replaces Chuck George, who left the station earlier this year. During his time at KOLD, George took several leaves of absence related to his severe depression. He is currently pursuing an academic career, according to the station.
“I am very excited to join such a respected team of meteorologists at KOLD/KMSB,” Jeanes said in a statement. “Tucson is in one of the most beautiful parts of the country and I can’t wait to make the move.”
Garofalo left WWSB in Sarasota, FL, in February and joined Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast as community resource director in March. She started her career at WGN in Chicago and has also worked at KOTA in Rapid City, SD.
KEYT news director Jim Lemon told TVSpy Garofalo should be on-air by December 9.
Zontini comes from Youngstown, where she worked at WKBN-WYTV-WYFX. At WHIO, she will be the meteorologist on the weekend morning and noon newscasts.
“We are excited to have Kirstie as an addition to our Storm Center 7 team,” chief meteorologist Jamie Simpson said in a statement. “Kirstie was born, raised, and educated in Ohio, so she is very knowledgeable of our weather patterns. Her experience forecasting lake effect snow in Youngstown will very valuable to WHIO viewers and listeners.”
More from WHIO after the jump. Read more
During the station’s 4:00 p.m. newscast anchor Kim Christiansen set up Clark’s rant by saying after a snowstorm, the station is flooded with snapshots of snow covered patio furniture.
Saying he thinks viewers simply snap photos of what they see outside their windows, Clark appealed to viewers’ “can do” attitude. “But are we really a state that takes the easy way out?” said Clark. “We blasted a road through the Rockies. We put a cliff inside a Mexican restaurant. Our welcome sign is a demon horse with crazy laser eyes.”
He will replace Chris Larson who told viewers Monday he was leaving the Reno, NV, ABC affiliate to buy his brother’s North Carolina restaurant and bar.
“We are very excited to have Jeff Thompson as the Chief Meteorologist at KOLO 8,” news director Jennifer Hardy said on the station website. “Jeff brings experience and enthusiasm that will help elevate our First Alert brand and make KOLO the station to turn to during severe weather.” Read more
“Jennifer brings a versatile skill set as a meteorologist,” Burke said in a statement. “She will be a great addition for CNN with her experience in production, multimedia and reporting in the field.”
Gray comes from WTVJ, the NBC owned station in Miami, where she was the weekend morning meteorologist and feature reporter. She returned to the station in 2011 after getting divorced from her husband. During her first stint at WTVJ, from 2007-09, she was known by her married name, Jennifer Reeves.
WTHR appears to have been trolled during its coverage of the storms that rumbled across the state when an image of a fake tornado that included a UFO and bigfoot was uploaded to its viewer photo iwitness site.
Jim Romenesko reported that Indianapolis Star reporter Eric Weddle found the mistake and tweeted about it,
Uh, some news site posting this fake Lafayette funnel cloud photo (theres a UFO too); friend shot orig: pic.twitter.com/FvV7lghUar
— Eric Weddle (@ericweddle) November 18, 2013
You can see the original and doctored image in the tweet above. Weddle told TVSpy the photo has been making the social media rounds with students of nearby Purdue University and residents of Lafayette, IN.
>UPDATE: WTHR news director Kathy Hostetter told TVSpy, “The photo was published to the wthr.com photo gallery by someone outside our building. At the height of the storm and in the aftermath of it, we received a lot of viewer photographs & video, and this one slipped through our verification protocols. We have since removed the photo from our gallery, and we’re reviewing our internal processes to ensure this doesn’t happen again.
The UFO is in the photo’s top right. If you look down at the sidewalk right of center you’ll also see bigfoot walking towards the street.
After checking with our sources at KXRM we were assured staffers didn’t just turn off Chambers’ computer to force the on-air magic that he brought today.
This morning Chambers gave viewers forecasting techniques that ranged from eating a donut and drinking coffee on-screen, to having a staffer use an iPad to write out the forecast, to dancing, to playing weather charades with his off-screen co-anchor. Enjoy.
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