Memory #5 of 7
It's so hard to narrow down memories from my years here at Channel 7, but coming in as memory #5 has got to be the Health Expo. Storm coverage is exhausting, but the Health Expo was even more so! Between doing weather hits through the morning shows and hanging out until 5pm each evening, by the end you were totally beyond exhausted. It was the best event because it was our chance to meet so many of you folks. I got the pleasure of showing so many people how to be a meteorologist in front of the green screen. ("And the 7 day forecast looks eeeeven better!") I met Slater from Saved by the Bell, Tedy Bruschi signed a picture for my brother who's his biggest fan, I sat next to Anne Allred as someone had her autograph his arm, then came back with it tattooed onto his arm the next day, I got to do underwater live shots in a scuba tank, the list goes on and on. I remember coming home after the Expo one year and saw something weird in my back yard. I look outside and there's a strange tree planted in the ground. My dad drove up for NJ, not realizing how busy I'd be and how I wouldn't get to see him, planted a fig tree in my garden, then drove back to NJ! That's the story of why I have a fig tree. Ironically, my fiance's last name means "fig tree" in Italian. It's all meant to be...
Anyway, back to the weather at hand. High pressure is back in place and we're talking about sunshine all day today through next Monday. It's going to fall-like, crisp, and dry today with highs in the mid 70s. Tomorrow morning is going to be rather chilly in the 40s and 50s, but a warm sunshine and a west wind will get us back into the mid 80s Thursday afternoon. It's downright hot on Friday with highs in the 90s! It'll be hot and dry and breezy too, so fire weather could be an issue Friday.
The weekend will be sunny and just about perfect near 80°. The very distant remnants of Isaac could bring us rain on Tuesday. Speaking of Isaac, it's holding as a Category 1 hurricane across southeastern Louisiana. It's pretty much stationary right now, so the torrential rains, damaging winds, and storm surge will remain in place. Eventually the storm will start moving and should weaken tonight. Several inches of rain are expected throughout the Midwest in the coming days.