October 1st Weather Update

October 1, 2007 at 2:18 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Okay, this is kind of a lame blog & a little bit lazy. But we’ve been pretty slammed here in the new studio getting our HD graphics ready to go on the air, so I thought I’d give you a little behind the scenes.

Every Sunday night before I leave, I write a quick weather discussion or synopsis. I send it to all of the weather people, the managers, the writers, the assignment desk and the producers. The idea is to make sure everyone knows if there are any weather concerns for Monday and to prepare people for the week ahead.

In the spring, this is essential. On severe weather days, we try to prepare as early as possible. If weather will be the big story on Monday, the managers need to know this for the Monday morning meeting so our crews are ready to go; photogs, reporters, live shot locations, weather people, extra producers, storm trackers and the H3. All of the producers need to build their shows around weather or at least be prepared to do so.

It’s also critical to prepare for our Monday morning shows. We go on the air at 5am and the producers begin writing their shows hours before that. Unless severe weather keeps me here overnight (which happens literally every time I have a flight to Las Vegas on Monday morning – no joke – this has literally happened without fail) when I leave, I know that everyone is on the same page until Rebecca gets in. When I’m sleeping and Becky is on her way in, our producers and the assignment desk need to know if those green dots on the radar will be turning into big weather problems for the morning commute.

Not much doing. We’ve got a cold front stalled out along the Red River. A few storms (non-severe) could pop up tonight and Monday north of the metro; mainly along the Red River – They will be very isolated.
Next weather maker is a stronger (but still unimpressive) cold front Wednesday morning. A few storms could generate and a brief and mild cool down/humidity drop from I-20 north before the front retreats back to the north into Thursday. With the exception of a few hours on Wednesday, we stay in the 90s and remain very humid.
The big weather story is next weekend. Pattern changes show some real autumn cold fronts that could finally bring a taste of fall to the area. Much too soon to know strength or timing, but changes take place over the weekend (lower 80s by Sunday – which is actually normal) with the following week being potentially dramatically cooler…and likely to stick around for more than just a day.
Enjoy,
Steve Mac

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