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Meteorologist's at-Home Forecast Gets Interrupted

Brody emerges a star on Fox 13

(Newser) - Brody the dog really wanted a scratch. The golden retriever interrupted a weather forecast on Fox 13 as meteorologist Paul Dellegatto filmed in his home office, per Mashable . Dellegatto was reporting the weather last month when the camera suddenly focused on Brody; the dog had approached Dellegatto, who was sitting... More »

Meteorologist Fired for Racial Slur Sues City, Mayor

Jeremy Kappell claims defamation from the city of Rochester, NY, and Mayor Lovely Warren

(Newser) - He's already sued the TV station that fired him for uttering a racial slur on the air in January; now a meteorologist has filed a lawsuit against the city of Rochester, NY, and its mayor. Per the Democrat and Chronicle , Jeremy Kappell is suing the city and Mayor Lovely... More »

Meteorologist Out of Job After Dissing 'Code Reds'

Sinclair Broadcast Group fires longtime Illinois weatherman Joe Crain over corporate rule

(Newser) - An Illinois meteorologist took issue with a corporate policy mandating "Code Red" weather alerts that he felt were over the top. And now, after 15 years at WCIS in Springfield, Joe Crain has lost his job. "Joe was let go," a rep for the CNN affiliate's... More »

Meteorologist Left Behind a 30-Page Suicide Note

After weeks of complications, Jessica Starr 'started to withdraw from life'

(Newser) - The family of a TV meteorologist who committed suicide after undergoing laser eye surgery says a series of videos found on her phone and a 30-page suicide note make clear her Dec. 12 suicide was linked to her Lasik SMILE surgery in October. "There was nothing else that we... More »

MLK's Daughter Weighs In on Fired Meteorologist

Bernice King doesn't think Jeremy Kappell should've been fired for on-air racial slur

(Newser) - First Al Roker came to Jeremy Kappell's defense. Now the meteorologist who was fired for saying a racial slur on air has another big name standing up for him, the AP reports: Martin Luther King Jr.'s daughter. Bernice King told TMZ Thursday she doesn't think the... More »

Al Roker Backs Meteorologist on 'Unfortunate Flub'

'Today' weatherman says Jeremy Kappell should be given chance to apologize for racial slur

(Newser) - "Anyone who has done live TV and screwed up" should be understanding of a meteorologist's use of a racial slur during a Friday broadcast, for which he was fired , according to a Wednesday tweet . The defense of former WHEC chief meteorologist Jeremy Kappell was surprising, considering its source:... More »

TV Station Calls It Racial Slur. He Calls It a 'Flub'

Meteorologist fired over apparent slur in reference to Martin Luther King Jr.

(Newser) - A TV meteorologist has been given the boot over an apparent racial slur used on air. Jeremy Kappell, former chief meteorologist at Rochester, New York's WHEC, can be heard in video posted to social media as seeming to refer to a local park as "Martin Luther Coon King... More »

Meteorologist's Suicide Puts Lasik Risks in Spotlight

Jessica Starr expressed she was struggling after having the procedure in October

(Newser) - While it hasn't yet been established whether the Lasik-type eye surgery a 35-year-old meteorologist had in October contributed to her Dec. 12 suicide , Jessica Starr's death is putting the surgery's rare complications into the spotlight. The Lasik SMILE surgery Starr had was approved by the FDA in... More »

As Storm Nears, Florida County Doesn't Want to See This Guy

Florida sheriff posts fake trespass warning for Weather Channel's Jim Cantore

(Newser) - The Weather Channel's Jim Cantore is usually on the scene when there's a big storm—so, as Florida prepares for Hurricane Michael, one sheriff's office is letting the meteorologist know he's not welcome. The Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office posted a "Trespass Warning" for... More »

Meteorologist Allegedly Fractured Anchor's Skull in Fight

Alleged shove left anchor Erica Bivens with a ruptured eardrum, too

(Newser) - A WSAZ television meteorologist's 10-day outlook just got a little stormier. Chelsea Ambriz, 26, was charged with misdemeanor battery after allegedly shoving co-worker Erica Bivens on Sunday in Charleston, WV. Bivens, a news anchor, is said to have suffered a ruptured eardrum and skull fracture. While the Charleston Gazette-Mail ... More »

Battered Houston Donates $20K to Give Weather Guy a Break

GoFundMe page to send Jeff Lindner on vacation smashes its modest $4K goal

(Newser) - There amid the flooding, the loss, and the devastation of Hurricane Harvey was Houston meteorologist Jeff Lindner, working nonstop to give residents the latest on the storm. And rather than the more typical and cliched complaining about the weather man, a grateful populace decided to chip in to give Lindner... More »

Weatherman's Dramatic Crash Ruled a Suicide

Nicholas Wiltgen drove through parking garage wall in Atlanta

(Newser) - "Millions read his work every week and were better for it." That's what the Weather Channel had to say after the death of a senior meteorologist in Atlanta. Nicholas Wiltgen, who worked at the company for 15 years, died Sunday when his vehicle drove through a wall... More »

Why Meteorologists Wear the Same Dress

Here's why they love the "Tunic Pencil Sheath Dress"

(Newser) - Sartorial conspiracy, anyone? An Imgur user has revealed the fact that many female meteorologists are wearing the same $23 dress—which, it turns out, says a lot about their job and the attitudes of fans. Described on Amazon as a "Stretch Tunic Pencil Sheath Dress," it's a... More »

These Troops Go Behind Enemy Lines to Check the Weather

Air Force's combat weathermen can make or break a critical mission

(Newser) - Before US special operations forces raided the Pakistani compound where Osama bin Laden was hiding out in 2011, there was likely at least one other type of specialist with boots on the ground: a weatherman. The Air Force's SOWTs—special operations weather technicians—are some of the military's... More »

Holiday Deliveries Kept on Track by ... Weather Nerds?

Corporate meteorologists are 'secret weapon' during high shipping season

(Newser) - Santa had Rudolph's red nose to get him through the winter storm so he could deliver our holiday packages; we have corporate meteorologists. They're what the Washington Post calls "the secret weapon" of shipping companies trying to cash in during the hectic holiday season: "a motley... More »

Kim Jong Un Is Really Mad at His Weathermen

North Korean leader scolds meteorologists

(Newser) - It's a rough day to be a North Korean meteorologist: According to state-run media, Kim Jong Un is really upset about ... inaccurate weather forecasts. The leader has been visiting various meteorological facilities in the country, where he has reportedly taken employees to task for "too many incorrect" weather... More »

Meteorologist Saves Kitten in Tornado Rubble

Tiny critter is OK now after rescue

(Newser) - The tiny kitten had no business surviving the Ohio tornado that brought down a barn around it, but WHIO meteorologist Rich Wirdzek found it mewling its little heart out in the rubble. (He posted different footage of the actual rescue on his Facebook page .) Wirdzek got the kitten into... More »

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