This group of sixth graders was on the ball! They already knew their stuff, from cloud types to airmasses and fronts. That really allowed us to have some fun and build on the knowledge they brought into the auditorium - thanks for a great time, guys!
I headed to the Boston Globe Ski and Snowboard Expo with the intention of stopping in briefly at the Vermont skiing media reception, representing my station, NECN. As a skier, you can imagine this meteorologist's excitement when I got the opportunity to meet and interview FOUR Olympians - Ross Powers (2002 Olympic gold medalist in the half-pipe and two time Olympian), Donna Weinbrecht (Olympic gold medalist in the mogul skiing event in 1992), Fuzz Feddersen (Olympic aerial skier extraordinaire who now showcases that talent as The Flying Ace All-Stars aerobatics extravaganza), and the one and only Ski Hall of Famer Tommy Moe (a double Olympic medal winner, downhill gold and Super G silver at Lillehammer, Norway, 1994)! What an amazing experience to meet these four friendly, warm, down-to-earth yet out-of-this-world talented athletes - I had to share it with you! You can meet them this weekend at the Expo - find out more Expo details by clicking here. Still images that appear in the video are from Norwegian channel NRK.
I also took some time to catch up with representatives from a few of our New England ski resorts - including a stop at the Vermont Ski media reception. Here's what the folks I spoke with wanted to be sure to share with you, their beloved skiers and my beloved viewers! :)
I wouldn't have guessed I'd have the opportunity to sing as your morning meteorologist, but Mystic Chorale came to visit our NECN studio and their goal is always to involve the audience - well, being one of the few audience members in the studio, that made me a prime target! Thankfully, they went easy on me - I haven't sung outside the shower or the car in several years, so cut me some slack!
The second and fifth grades teamed up for my visit today, and did a fine job complementing one another! The fifth graders has some terrific questions, many of them inspired by the big weather projects they've been working on. Thanks for a great time - and the wonderful longsleeve shirt!
Picking a wine is tough enough - but what about with all of the flavors on the table at Thanksgiving? Tyler Balliet from TheSecondGlass.com gives us insight to make the choice on NECN's Morning Report...and I'm more than happy to oblige in the tasting! You might remember that Tyler joined me on Morning Report back in September, leading up to the Wine Riot event - you can click here to revisit that segment.
The sixth grade met me in the auditorium for a great discussion of weather...AND meteors, with the Leonid meteor shower set to peak overnight Monday night! Did you know the average size of a meteor is the size of Grape Nut cereal? These sixth graders do now!
Fifth through eigth graders welcomed me to the Pyne Arts School, and we covered all the bases, from the science of meteorology to the details of a life in broadcast television! I was proud to show off my t-shirt on NECN the next morning!
The first grade brought lots of enthusiasm to our time together, and were right on the money with their answers to places NOT to go during thunderstorms, and their knowledge that BOOKS are the best way to learn more about the weather...even better than watching NECN, believe it or not! :)
'Twas the night before Halloween in Salem, Massachusetts! It was a true honor to be a part of the Masquerade Ball to raise money for the the Sue de Vries Cancer Foundation. The night and Foundation are both in memory of the organizers' family, friend and mentor, Susan de Vries, and aimed at bettering the lives of those living with cancer. For more information, see the Foundation website at http://www.suedevriescancerfoundation.org.