Most of you who watch me see me for a few minutes either on the noon show or the 5:30 show.
I sometimes get asked what my day entails since the actual on-air part is only a small facet of my work day.
Well, for those of you who have asked…and those who maybe haven’t asked but were wondering anyway, here you go:
Each week, I come to work, take glance at the forecasting models, and then go on with grabbing some coffee, nibbling on breakfast (usually a banana or orange and a Fiber One bar), and attending the morning meeting.
Then I get to making my forecast and graphics for the day, and also checking social media and responding to Facebook and Twitter and emails.
On days when the weather looks like it’ll be stormy in some fashion, I typically get quite a few more questions via the internet, and also some phone calls.
On Mondays, I also have the extra task (which I enjoy by the way) of writing in this blog.
So after all that, it’s time to get ready for the noon show.
I’ll double and triple check my graphics, and then head to go put on my makeup.
Yes, I wear makeup.
And yes, I put that makeup on by myself.
We don’t have any makeup folks that come in to apply the makeup to the on-air talent (they do have them in some higher market stations though).
My mother and I recently had an interesting exchange via text (I think it’s cool that my parents text) about makeup.
In a nutshell, I asked if she ever thought one of her sons would have to wear makeup to work.
Her answer was no…that it’s a little weird but not a big deal.
It evolved into the type of makeup I wear.
It’s bizarre that I wear makeup, but if it has to be part of the job I love, then so be it.
After the noon show, it’s typically my lunch break, and then getting ready for the 5:30 show.
On many days, my job is fairly straightforward and the schedule is pretty much set.
But there are times when I’m covering for Mick or Hutch or Lisa and things change a bit in terms of timing and workload, but it’s all essentially the same…just at different times of the day.
Now, when there is stormy weather, especially severe weather in the spring and summer, that’s when things get the adrenalin flowing.
It could mean working 12 straight hours…or 16…or even 20.
It could mean cut-ins or wall-to-wall coverage depending on the situation.
It means continuous updates on social media.
Sometimes I’m out chasing the severe weather with our storm chaser Eric.
It’s a nervous excitement we weather folks feel on big severe weather days.
Nervous because it could be impacting lives and livelihoods of folks who watch us day in and day out.
Excitement because, well quite frankly, severe weather is exciting.
And actually, I find doing this weather job as a whole is exciting.
It’s fun much of the time.
It’s stressful some of the time.
My pores don’t like the whole wearing makeup aspect of the job.
But I wouldn’t change a thing.
Well, maybe the makeup thing if I didn’t look so shiny and icky on the air without it.