If I had a nickel for every time someone asked me ‘what is the weather going to be today?’ I’d literally have tens of dollars. But, it is a reality I am faced with with every severe weather season and with any threat of moisture that comes out of the sky. I suddenly become everyone’s go-to person because I am married to the
weatherman meteorologist. It’s like they think I am privy to secret weather information; that I’ll be able to tell them the exact time, wind speed, accumulation, etc. that will hit their house that day.
April and May in Oklahoma are my least favorite months for various reasons, including:
- I don’t see my husband
- There is no such thing as a schedule (see previous blog here.)
- I suddenly need to act as media spokesman for the friends and co-workers to educate everyone on what to expect for weather events that day/week.
- My phone blows up with “Is there going to be a tornado?” “Do I need to seek shelter?”
But what you don’t know is on severe weather outbreak days my husband is doing 12-15+ hour long days, prepping, chasing, forecasting, phoning into the station, working behind the scenes literally answering all the questions viewers want to know. There is no time for him to tell the storm “hold on so I can text my wife and let her know what the weather is in her backyard.” From me to you, I might hear from him once or twice on a severe weather day simply as a status update, otherwise I have to watch the news just like everyone else.
My advice to you is, turn on the news, the
weathermen meteorologists will give you the most accurate information and will break it down by the minute and literally tell you if it’s going to hit your house or not. The behind the scenes action is incredible on severe weather days. While you see one to two weatherman meteorologists on air, there are double to triple the people behind the green screen, looking at new models coming in, getting viewer photos to share, communicating with the chasers, creating new graphics, etc. Then you have all the storm chasers out on the road following every single major storm cell to inform the viewers exactly where it is and where it is going. All 3 major stations in Oklahoma City have helicopter pilots that are on the storm to provide a birds-eye-view of what the storm is acting like. And all of that are only the storm teams! This doesn’t even go into the newsroom and all the reporters and anchors and what they are putting together to inform everyone what’s happened when a storm blows through.
I’ve asked Aaron if he could so kindly take a break to text me if a tornado is headed towards our neighborhood, or at least give me a personal shout-out on air, he said he could do that, so to any friends we have in the surrounding area, I will do my best to text you personally if there is a need to worry. But again, my advice to you is be prepared. Have your storm shelter ready, or have a safe room to go to in your home, don’t go driving around running errands if you know a storm is headed your way, have a weather radio, download your favorite local station’s weather apps, and tune in to the local channels see exactly what’s happening.
The inspiration for me to write this blog came pretty easily after Aaron got to go up in the station helicopter this week. As a disclaimer, I am very supportive of my husband, I am very happy for him with all the wonderful experiences he gets to have through his job as a TV
weatherman Meteorologist in the 3 markets we have lived in (Rockford, Tucson, & Oklahoma City), every opportunity he gets is a blessing to have been given, but I have to admit, I’m hella jealous sometimes. Scratch that, I’m jealous of him every time!!! He has been able to do some really cool things while I get to hang out in my awesome office chair staring at a computer screen all day long. Now,I don’t want to say my job is boring, I do get to go up and down the stairs to use different printers which is always exciting as my computer doesn’t always connect the first few times; so I then get to go back and forth, and back and forth to try and figure out why that darn printer isn’t printing. It’s usually something fun like I forgot to actually hit the ‘print’ button or it’s out of paper. I also get to go into the warehouse sometimes and experience what no A/C feels like on a hot summer day while taking care of miscellaneous ‘marketing’ tasks; this is exciting because I get to feel like I’m in the show “The Office”- they don’t play basketball in there, and there is no artist painting a mural on the wall, and my boss doesn’t hold ‘jam sessions’ with his band, we also don’t have a bailer for me to put bubble wrap into (side-note: we do have bubble paper in the office, and I do get to pop it), but there are industrial sized fans which are fun to stand in front of, I kind of look like this (except my hair is in my face and I have work appropriate clothes on, but when I’m wearing a skirt it gets interesting…): Let’s be honest, when I’m not in front of the industrial sized fans, I’m more like: Let’s be even more honest, Aaron’s job is cooler in every way. Here are some fun thing’s he’s done the past 5 years that I’m totally jealous of so happy he’s been able to experience: Continue reading
Many people keep asking me, “How did you meet
the weatherman Aaron?” Well, there were a few steps to us meeting:
1. We went to the same grade school
2. We went to the same high school (I was a grade above him), we never spoke in grade school or high school; but school was pretty small, so we did know each others name.
3. We went off to college and eventually both interned at the same TV station in Rockford, IL. I was a news reporter intern while he interned in weather (both during separate semesters).
4. Because of us going to the same high school and interning at the same TV station, we became Facebook friends. We still debate who ‘friended’ who, but we both decided to meet up at a classy joint in Rockford (RBI) to talk over a few beers about our experience as interns.
5. And that my friends, is the romantic story of how we met.
The part of the story you may be forgetting, and may be curious about, is how I did as an intern and why I am not in news reporting today. Continue reading