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WPVI Meteorologist Takes Leave to Raise Son

Philly.com reports WPVI meteorologist Adam Joseph is taking a two month leave of absence from the Philadelphia ABC owned station to be a stay-at-home dad.

But, then, those in the know already knew. Back in August, Joseph actually posted a message to Facebook saying that he’d “take a leave of absence to bond with [Jacob] later in the fall.” Though, knowing doesn’t exactly make the coming separation any easier.

“It took so much effort to get him into our lives that he deserves my full undivided attention,” Joseph wrote on his facebook page. “We are ready to do some great things together. Hope to see you this evening for one final forecast. But don’t worry, I will return in late January.”

CBS Owned Stations Adding Viewers to Weather Team

weather watcher kcncWhat started at WCCO is spreading to other CBS owned stations.

Following the Minneapolis CBS owned station’s lead, KCNC in Denver, KYW in Philadelphia and WCBS in New York have begun looking for “Weather Watchers” to add to the station’s weather team.

“We’ve been thrilled to discover how many of our viewers have sophisticated equipment at home from anemometers and hygrometers, for wind and humidity, to rain gauges,” KYW chief meteorologist Kathy Orr said in a press release.

“Our weather watchers are your neighbors,” reads the KCNC website. “They tell us how much snow fell, or how temperatures are changing. They share pictures and video of cool weather events. They can even send a direct alert to the team in Colorado’s Weather Center.”

The point, according to station, is to use all the information to deliver the best forecast available.

KYW said its meteorologists will host workshops to give the weather watchers training, talk about climate and meteorology.

Charlie Hale Should Always Do the Weather on WGN

Meet Charlie Hale. Mister Hale is a second grader at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and he is already better than you at TV. Click on the picture to be taken to WGN’s site to watch the video.

Charlie showed off a dance he learned from Calvin and Hobbes and said “hi” to his teachers before telling WGN weather anchor Paul Konrad “Let’s get down to business.”

Dressed in a Lionel Messi soccer uniform, Hale delivered his weather as if he’d been doing it his whole life, then danced his way off while wishing everyone a Happy Halloween.

Click here to see Hale set the tone in his intro segment in the weather center.

Indianapolis Meteorologist Heading to Boston

gardner_WISHWBZ has hired meteorologist Pamela Gardner.

Gardner comes to the Boston CBS owned station from WISH in Indianapolis, Ind.

The Indianapolis Business Journal reports Gardner had replaced Julie Patterson, who left the station in September. The IBJ says WISH management is concerned about losing employees after the station drops its affiliation in January.

In Gardner’s case, it could simply be a jump to a larger market. Boston is the seventh-largest U.S. media market and Indianapolis is 27th, according to New York-based Nielsen Media Research.

In addition to Patterson and now Gardner, WISH lost its sales director, Julie Zoumbaris, who departed in September to take that same position with WRTV-TV Channel 6. Zoumbaris had been with WISH since 2009.

Gardner joined WISH in November 2011. Before that, she was the morning meteorologist for WTHI-TV in Terre Haute.

Connecticut Meteorologist Retires

News 12 Connecticut meteorologist Paul Piorek is retiring after 25 years.

Piorek started at News 12 in 1989 while also teaching science and language arts. He was named Connecticut’s Outstanding Elementary Social Studies Teacher in 1993.

“I am the last original member of the first morning newscast in June of 1995,” Piorek wrote on the station’s facebook page. “Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your mornings for all these years.”

KNBC Adds Houston Meteorologist

yanez kprcHouston meteorologist Anthony Yanez is joining Los Angeles NBC owned station KNBC.

“It’s bitter sweet, all my kids were born here in Houston,” Yanez told mikemcguff.com. “But you get this opportunity and grab it.”

Yanez, who recently wrote a children’s book about the weather called A Wild Ride on the Water Cycle: A Jake & Alice Adventure, comes to KNBC from NBC affiliate KPRC. He worked at KRQE in Albuquerque, NM. before coming to KPRC. Read more

Omaha Meteorologist Says Her Contract Wasn’t Renewed

lemke wowtMeteorologist Cheryl Lemke has left Omaha NBC affiliate WOWT.

“It is with a very heavy heart that I let you know that management at WOWT has decided not to renew my contract and so I am no longer working at WOWT,” Lemke wrote on her facebook page.

Her bio page has been removed from the WOWT website. We asked WOWT for comment but haven’t heard back.

Before coming to to WOWT in February 2013, she worked at WSBT in South Bend, Ind., WXIA in Atlanta, WTHI in Terre Haute, Ind. and The Weather Channel.

Lisa Villegas Named KTVT Morning Meteorologist

villegasLisa Villegas has been named morning meteorologist for KTVT.

Villegas comes to the CBS owned station from Rio Grande Valley ABC affiliate KRGV.

She wrote on her facebook page, “You are looking at the newest MORNING METEOROLOGIST for KTVT – CBS Channel 11 in Dallas/Fort Worth!!!!!! I’ll be a part of a NEW weekend morning show and will add as a second morning meteorologist during the work week.”

Dallas media blogger Ed Bark, who first reported the move said “Villegas’ arrival means that CBS11 no longer will be the only D-FW station without a woman on their weather team. NBC5 has three while Fox4 and Gannett8 each have two.”

Todd Gutner Officially Back at WCSH

gutner croppedTodd Gutner has officially returned to WCSH.

Gutner left the Portland, Me. NBC affiliate in 2007 for WBZ in Boston. In August, Gutner announced he was going back to WCHS.

“Never underestimate the power of this amazing state to woo talented people,” said news director Mike Redding. “Todd is coming home because this is where he and his wife want to raise their kids. Mainers win because they get a brilliant meteorologist and a good person to boot.”

Gutner will begin working on the morning show a week from Monday.

Kevin Mannix will slide his schedule to cover weekdays,” The station wrote in a press release. “Joe Cupo will cover weekday evenings and NEWS CENTER at 11pm.  Tom Johnston and AJ Burnett can be seen weekend mornings and evenings respectively.  Steve McKay is watching the skies in Bangor on weekday evenings.”

Weathercaster Stays On-Air for 33 Hours, Breaks World Record

norway tv2According to the BBC, Eli Kari Gjengedal now holds the world record for continuous weather presenting.

She broke the previous record of 24 hours on Norway’s TV2 by staying on for 33 hours. She was allowed to take a five minute break every 60 minutes on screen.

One of Gjengedal’s colleagues told the BBC, she planned to “go out for a beer” when she was done.

Click here to watch the untranslated version of Miss Gjengedal breaking the record on TV2.

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