Hey everyone, I am starting something new on the blog for Friday called Friday Feedback. If you have questions or comments, email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. They can be about anything from the hows & whys of weather to my job to this business to outlooks. I will pick one each week & respond to it on the blog.
I have one question that was asked to me via email already that I will share with you today! -Chad
Hey Chad, who is your favorite meteorologist?
Hello Debra & thank you for the question!
By far, my favorite meteorologist of all time is Tom Skilling of WGN in Chicago. I admire him because he sticks to the science & strictly his passionate love of forecasting. That is what we do, that is what we get paid for & Tom has mastered it. He has never deviated from what he has always done or is passionate about. It is all weather, all the time & he does the work. Nobody works harder in the broadcast weather business than that guy. Look at his numbers, his data, his forecasts & you will see.
In an age of selfies, mets taking pics of themselves in their favorite socks, shirt or eating a sandwich or just trying to gain twitter likes, he just stays true to himself & continues to nail forecasts after all these years. I greatly dislike vanity & the business of broadcast weather is full of it, but Tom has not embraced vanity at all. If he's talking about something, tweeting or "facebooking" it is about science & weather, not about him. It is not, "look at me", but rather "look at this data, look at this storm, etc." It is about the viewer, not about him. These are the qualities I embrace as a meteorologist.
The Tom Skillings are hard to come by today in the age of vanity & sensationlism in weather. There are a few out there in the U.S., but not a lot.