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WATCH: Miami Meteorologist Glides Through Storm for Weather Report


Last time TVSpy saw WPLG‘s Roland Steadham, he was parachuting through Saharan dust to explain why the Miami area was seeing unusually dry weather.

This time the meteorologist for the Miami ABC affiliate went the other direction to teach his audience about the weather. “You guys know what causes rain here in South Florida,” Steadham asked his co anchors. “When air starts to rise.”

Which set up a glider flight in the name of “atmospheric research,” where he flew around the base of tropical downpour without the aid of a motor. “[A] tremendous amount of air starts to rise as the sea breeze comes in and it just lifts this 1200 pound glider up and away.”

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WATCH: Miami Meteorologist Jumps Out of Plane to Find Saharan Dust

WPLG‘s Roland Steadham said last Friday and Saturday was an unusually rain free time in the Miami area.

The meteorologist for the Miami ABC affiliate told viewers the dry skies might be caused by the Saharan Desert. “There is a theory in the world of meteorology,” said Steadham during the Sunday morning news. “That Saharan dust will suppress showers and thunderstorms and tropical systems from forming.”

So Steadham strapped a camera to himself and jumped out of an airplane in search of the culprit. He said he found it at 6000 feet. “Notice, last two days again, no shower or thunderstorm activity,” Steadham told viewers back on solid ground at the weather board. “I really think that the Saharan Dust kinda squashed the atmosphere and kept things from forming.”

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Meteorologist Roland Steadham Joining WPLG

Roland Steadham will be joining Miami ABC affiliate WPLG on August 15.

Dave Boylan, WPLG vice president and general manager, told TVSpy, “We air nine hours of weekend morning news; 4.5 hours on both Saturday and Sunday. Plus our weekend morning news ratings are some of the highest ratings for any newscast during the week on any local station. That makes it an important role for a meteorologist at our station.”

Steadham last worked as chief meteorologist at Salt Lake City’s KTVX. Before working at KTVX, he was chief meteorologist at cross town rival KUTV. He’s no stranger to Miami, having worked at WSVN and WTVJ before leaving for Salt Lake City.

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KTVX Hires AccuWeather Veteran, and YouTube Favorite, Jim Kosek as Chief Meteorologist

A day after saying goodbye to Roland Steadham, KTVX introduced AccuWeather veteran Jim Kosek as its new chief meteorologist.

Kosek has been with AccuWeather for the past 25 years, working out of the company’s State College headquarters.

KTVX news director Larry Perret sent an email out to staff this afternoon, announcing the hiring.  Kosek’s first day at the station will be January 18th.

While with AccuWeather, Kosek delivered forecasts for a number of markets in the northeast, including New York, Philadelphia, and D.C.  He also became known for his madcap delivery, especially when there was snow in the forecast, and there are dozens of videos on YouTube archiving his nuttier moments on-air. Read more

Roland Steadham Out as KTVX Chief Meteorologist

Roland Steadham is out as chief meteorologist at KTVX, after two years with the Salt Lake City ABC-affiliate.

KTVX news director Larry Perret confirmed Steadham’s exit to TVSpy today, but did not go into detail about what led to the move.

According to NewsBlues, which first reported the veteran meteorologist’s departure, KTVX is set to pay out the final three months of Steadham’s contract.  Steadham joined KTVX in 2009 after serving as chief meteorologist at KUTV, Salt Lake City’s CBS-affiliate.

Perret is planning to introduce KTVX’s new weather chief later today. Read more