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Tulsa Meteorologist Reworks Classic Holiday Poem for Forecast


Tulsa’s Andrew Kozak got into the holiday spirit by reciting his version of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” for his morning forecast.

The meteorologist for ABC affiliate KTUL started with a rhyming look back at the year that was, then transitioned the doggerel poem to the local forecast that included the line, “But no big storms are brewing, so there’s no need to cower. On Sunday just a 20 percent chance of a shower.”

Meteorologist Katy Morgan Leaving WXIX

katy morgan wxixKaty Morgan is leaving Cincinnati Fox affiliate WXIX for a chief meteorologist job in a larger market, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Morgan joined WXIX in 2010 as the weekend morning meteorologist. She will sign off from the station when her contract expires on December 31. “We certainly don’t blame her for taking his opportunity, because we have a chief (Steve Horstmeyer) and we are very happy with him,” general manager Bill Lanesey told the Enquirer.

Before WXIX, Morgan worked at WMBF in Myrtle Beach and KSNT in Topeka, Kansas.

WLS Surveys Viewers About Weather Team

jerry taft wlsWLS, the ABC owned station in Chicago, is enlisting a “select group of Chicago area viewers to aid in formulating a long-range weather plan” for after longtime meteorologist Jerry Taft (pictured) retires, media reporter Robert Feder reports:

One of the participants in the ongoing research study shared with me a copy of the online survey, which includes such questions as: “If Jerry Taft were no longer one of the weathercasters on ABC 7 News – WLS, how much more or less often would you watch the local news on ABC 7 News – WLS?”

Another question asks: “If Tracy Butler were no longer one of the weathercasters on ABC 7 News – WLS, how much more or less often would you watch the local news on ABC 7 News – WLS between 4:30 a.m. and 7 a.m.?”

[...] “We’re always looking for ways to improve our product and serve our viewers,” [WLS general manager John] Idler told me Monday. “It’s standard to ask multidimensional questions so we can fully understand our viewers’ affinity for the way we keep them informed.”

WPTV Meteorologist Kait Parker Joins The Weather Channel

kait parkerAfter three years at WPTV in West Palm Beach, Kait Parker is leaving the NBC affiliate to join The Weather Channel as an on-camera meteorologist.

While she was in Palm Beach, Parker also worked as an instructor for Earth’s Climate Systems, a graduate course designed by the AMS and NASA. Before joining WPTV, Parker worked as the weekday morning meteorologist for WAKA in Montgomery, Ala.

“Kait is a passionate and energetic meteorologist who will make a great addition to our ever-growing team of the industry’s leading names in weather,” Weather Channel president David Clark said in a statement.

Parker will make her Weather Channel debut on January 13. Read the announcement of Parker’s hire from Jennifer Rigby, the senior director of coverage and talent, after the jump. Read more

KBAK-KBFX Weathercaster Gets Put in Time Out After False Snow Forecast

KBAK-KBFX weathercaster Aaron Perlman was put in a “temporary time-out” this morning after wrongly predicting snow in Bakersfield over the weekend.

“There are windows in that corner. You can look out the windows,” anchor Rob Finnerty said. “Be sure sure to take note there is no snow out there.”

Minneapolis Station Looks to Colorful Past for Rooftop Weather Forecast

weatherwatcherwccoMinneapolis-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

Kevin Jeanes Named Chief Meteorologist at KOLD-KMSB

KEVIN JEANESKevin Jeanes is joining KOLD-KMSB in Tucson as chief meteorologist on January 6. Jeanes comes from WWBT in Richmond, where he has been a meteorologist since 2010.

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.”

Santa Barbara Station Adds AM Meteorologist

keyt_garfaloMeredith Garofalo is joining Santa Barbara, CA, ABC affiliate KEYT as weekday morning meteorologist and multimedia journalist.

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.

Meteorologist Kirstie Zontini Joins WHIO

kirstie zontiniMeteorologist Kirstie Zontini is joining WHIO, the CBS affiliate in Dayton.

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

Denver Anchor Appeals to Viewers for Better Snow Pictures

kusa_snowKUSA anchor Kyle Clark begged viewers of the Denver NBC affiliate to be a little more creative when it came to snowy weather pictures.

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.”

Watch the video of Clark’s rant after the jump. Read more

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