A Day in the Life

My mornings really start in the middle of the night!

Woke up… got out of bed… dragged a comb across my head… (oh Paul McCartney, if only my mornings started off that easy!)

I often get asked what time I start my “mornings” when I get up for meteorologist duties for Weekend Sunrise.

Well, I get up in the middle of the night!  Usually somewhere around 3am.  Yep, that’s early.  And, as a person who cannot stand the snooze button, I am up and ready to start my day… or is it still night?  This is the first of a lot of weird things I begin to ask myself when I’m up this early!

I have to get up early because hair and makeup don’t do themselves, but if someone invents a machine that lets me sleep and will style me… please let me know!  I know a lot of morning anchors and meteorologists who will be interested in investing in that!  Hair and makeup get done… by me… and I’m off!

I arrive at the station well before showtime, that’s because I have to “forecast” my show.  I look up many weather models to see about rain, snow, temperatures, what’s for lunch… I mean… what’s in the 5 day forecast.  Usually at this time I’m eating my dinner, nope, not a typo.  Something about working the morning shift makes me want to eat dinner for breakfast and breakfast for dinner.  Don’t ask me why, but it’s what I’ve always done when I’ve worked mornings!

So my forecast is done, and now I start building my weather graphics for Weekend Sunrise.  That takes a chunk of time.  I also chat with our producer to let her know the forecast and see if there’s anything out of the ordinary I need to be aware of.

Then off to chat with Kris in the ladies room as we touch up our makeup a few minutes before  the show. 

Five minutes to show, I slip off the comfy Uggs, and put on the heels, mic up, and put my IFB in.  What’s an IFB?  It’s a tiny little hearing aid like device that fits in my ear, it’s attached to a radio that I clip on the back of my pants next to my mic.  It allows producers to talk to anchors and meteorologists during the show. 

Then, show time!  Well, sometimes if my tongue isn’t tied at 6am weekend mornings. 

I know it sounds crazy… but I love waking up that early.  Maybe it’s because I’ve always done it, but I am a morning person.  However, that leads me back to my original question… would I be a morning or night person? 

Whatever!  It’s fun to help you plan your weekends and keep you informed about the weather.  We appreciate you waking up with us!

Light Accumulating Snow Wednesday Night

Yep, more snow is on the way for tonight, we just can’t get rid of it yet!

The lake effect snow machine is in full operation, and a few of those snow showers are making their way down into portions of Central Indiana, especially north of I-70.

Tonight temps will fall to about 20 degrees with scattered snow showers.  Most spots could pick up up to 1″ of snow by morning, with isolated towns, especially north of I-70 picking up 1-2″ of snow.

Thursday morning’s commute could be a little slick,  just like what we experienced this morning.  Scattered snow showers are still possible Thursday tapering off into the afternoon.  We’re not really looking at any accumulation from the snow we’ll see during the day as highs only hit the mid to upper 20s.  Winds will gust up to 25 mph, so get ready to bundle up… it’s gonna be a cold one!

Friday, highs will reach about 30 degrees with partly cloudy skies and flurries.

Saturday and Sunday highs look to hit the mid to upper 30s, but we could see a few flurries.  We’ll keep our eyes on that for you.

Snowy Wednesday

Yep, were talking about more snow in today’s foreacst!

If you are hoping for spring like weather, you’re out of luck.  Sorry… but here’s your wintry weather forecast!

Highs today will only reach the mid 20s with scattered snow showers/flurries.  We’re not looking for much snow accumulation, but enough to slick up the roadways.  A dusting to 1/2″ is possible today, and tonight we could see additional accumulation totaling up to 1″ by Thursday morning.  So, again not much, but it will be pesky precipitation.

Tomorrow cold air sticks around with a few flurries and highs in the mid to upper 20s.

By the weekend the sun returns, and highs could hit the mid to upper 30s.

New Year community campaigns and New Year’s advice on having healthy relationships

Healthy relationships don’t just happen. They require that you constantly invest your time, energy and effort into them. People often take their relationships for granted—until a problem occurs or until it’s too late.

Hello,

Hope your New Year is going very well, as I get back to ‘blogging’ again.  I hope to hear from you in this New Year.  We are busy with several WTHR community campaigns right now – promoting events you can attend or events for which you can volunteer.   Please join with us in serving the community and making a difference in 2010. 

During Black History Month in February, we have been airing a weekly Noon Focus interview segment on African-American events, organizations or issues and we have produced special news series profiling the achievements of African-Americans locally and nationally.  Click here to go to our special Black History Month page which includes some of the stories, a list of celebrations and events you can attend in Central Indiana, and a host of sites profiling African-American achievements nationally.  

We are also helping promote a couple of big events that will fight cancer.  Do you know someone who has cancer or are you battling this sometimes devastating disease?  You might want to register for a Relay for Life event near you.  These are 24-hour walking vigils that remind people that cancer never sleeps.  You can form a team, raise money through pledges, and take turns walking around an area track.  This is the premiere worldwide fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.  There will be more than 30 Relay for Life events in Central Indiana running from March through June. Consider walking in honor of someone you love with cancer or you can walk simply because you care.

WTHR Community Affairs has also been busy promoting one of the top-ten biggest Susan G. Komen “Race for the Cure” events in the nation.  More than 40,000 people walk or run in the annual “Race for the Cure” in downtown Indianapolis.  This is a fundraiser for Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the world’s largest, grass roots breast cancer movement.  It is an amazing ‘sea of humanity’ – men, women and children – taking to the downtown streets to help end breast cancer forever.  When you walk, you raise money for breast cancer treatment, education and research here in Central Indiana and around the nation.  This year’s “Race for the Cure” takes place on Saturday, April 17th.  Click here to register to walk or run or volunteer.

Also, when you get a chance, join us Monday through Friday for our weekly Noon Focus interview segment which profiles community issues, events, and organizations.  If you have a community issue, event or organiztion that you think we should be talking about on Focus, please let us know!  We might pick your idea and do a Focus segment on it.

We have also started something new this year – the WTHR Cares Community Conversation.  We will feature a question or issue of the week and ask for your feedback.  We just want to start a conversation with our community, so that we can learn more about what matters to you on a host of topics – some just for ‘fun’, some more issues-oriented.  Click here to see this week’s question about the Olympics.

And do you have some questions about how to have a healthy relationship in the New Year?  Last month we invited Carol Juergensen-Sheets, a Marriage and Family Therapist and Personal Life Coach, to share some relationship advice for the New Year on our Noon Focus segment.  Our relationships with people we love are one of the most important things in our lives.   As I close today, hope you will listen to this advice from “Carol the Coach.”  And feel free to share with us what you do to make your relationships work.

Take care!

Angela Cain

TIPS FROM ‘CAROL THE COACH’ ON DEVELOPING HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS:
Healthy relationships don’t just happen.  They require that you constantly invest your time, energy and effort into them. People often take their relationships for granted—until a problem occurs or until it’s too late.  As you look at your relationships, do you cultivate them? Some of my clients are proactive and look for ways to improve them.  However, more often I see clients who are discouraged because they have waited too long.  Take a look at these five characteristics for a healthy relationship to decide if you are working in the right areas:

ADMIRATION AND APPRECIATION: Do you verbalize your appreciation of your loved ones?  Do you identify daily at least one characteristic that you appreciate or admire?  People will enjoy their relationships with you if you recognize their strengths.  Make a point to compliment  those you care about daily. 

RESPECT: Everyone has different values and beliefs about people and about life.  Understandably, values come from your family of origin, religiosity or spirituality, educational structure, and political background.  Partners often marry because they complement each other, which can increase the likelihood of different values.  Teenagers often take on different values as a natural vehicle for the needed separation process.  It is important to find a common ground with others and respect their differences, even if you don’t agree with their basic values.  If you don’t respect your loved ones, it will lead to contempt.  Contempt is the number one behavior that leads to estrangement. 

COMMUNICATION: Is your communication positive or negative?  Do you spend a lot of time criticizing or affirming your family?  If you have a teenager or spouse, it is easy to get caught up in fear-based conversations that make you look controlling, argumentative or needy?  Everyone wants to be acknowledged for their thoughts, beliefs and values.   Basically, they want to be understood.  Communication infers speaking, but it is really about listening.  The next time you’re with a loved one, spend 75% of the time listening and reflecting back what you heard.  It will open up their desire to talk to you. 

 ENCOURAGEMENT: Do you encourage your loved ones?  Do you notice the effort and not the outcome?  This characteristic builds good self-esteem and is essential in promoting healthy relationships.  As you assess your family, find an area they are working on but haven’t yet perfected, and then notice their effort.  That means to verbally acknowledge that you know they are making progress.  It will enhance their feelings for you because it enhances their own sense of well-being. 

NEGOTIATION AND COMPROMISE: In all relationships, the art of developing good partnerships with people is the ability to negotiate and compromise.  You have to give a little to get a little. Evaluate your style and decide how well you practice this life skill.  People who have to have their way all of the time are no fun to be with.  If you are surrounded by this type of personality it’s time for you to learn assertiveness.  If you are this type of personality, it’s time to practice the art of give-and-take.  This may require that you seek the help of a mental health professional.

There are some great tools to help develop these characteristics further.  The more you put into your relationships, the more you will get out of them.  We all know that relationships are the essence of life!

Get more advice on various topics from “Carol the Coach” (Carol Juergensen Sheets) by clicking here.

More Cold on the Way

More snow is the forecast, but the colder air will probably be more irritating for those of you sick of winter!

Highs today will reach the mid 30s with cloudy skies, flurries, and light scattered snow showers.  Little to no snow accumulation is expected today.  Some spots, especially north of I-70 could get a dusting.

Tonight, lows drop to the low 20s with light snow showers, again little to no snow accumulation is expected.

Wednesday, more snow is possible and we could pick up an inch or so of accumulation.  Temperatures will struggle to reach 30.  The flurries wind down Thursday, then it’s back to sunshine Friday through Sunday.  Temps will still be below average, but at least the sun will be returning!

17 Days of Snow on the Ground

Yep, this February has been snowy, dreary, and cold!

The following historical data was prepared by the National Weather Service in Indianapolis:

February 22, 2010 marked the 17th consecutive day with at least an inch of snow on the ground. There was 2 inches on the ground at the National Weather Service Office as of 1 pm EST. Although the snow may seem like it has been around forever…the current string only ranks 14th all time.

The following are the top 15 consecutive days with snow on the ground:

Consecutive Days

Snow Depth > 1.0 inches
Years: 1889-2010
 
Rank # Days   End Date
 1             59      3/12/1978
 2            38      2/11/1977
 3            36     2/21/1985
 4            34     1/25/1970
 5            32    1/14/2001
 6            31    2/23/1979
 7           28    1/16/1996
 8           23     3/ 1/2007
 9           22    3/18/1960
 10        21    2/ 9/2000
 11         21    1/20/1999
 12         21    2/20/1982
 13         19    2/13/2004
 14         17    1/16/1974
 15         17     Still on Ground 2/22/2010

Ellsworth withdraws from 8th district race

Indiana congressman Brad Ellsworth has officially withdrawn from the congressional race, setting up his candidacy for the US Senate.

Indiana congressman Brad Ellsworth has officially withdrawn from the congressional race, setting up his candidacy for the US Senate.

Paperwork was filed today at the Indiana Statehouse.

As we first reported on Friday, Congressman Ellsworth says he wants to fill the seat being vacated by Evan Bayh. Several Republicans are also running for the seat.

Dense Fog Advisory Until 1pm

A Dense Fog Advisory is in effect for portions of the viewing area, including the metro, until 1pm.

A Dense Fog Advisory is in effect for portions of Central Indiana until 1pm. 

Calm winds and a lot of moisture near the ground has added up to dense fog setting up around the area.

At times, visibility will be less than a quarter of a mile, so use extra care as you head out.

Kids Say the Darndest Things

You know anything can come out of a kids mouth, and when I’m giving a weather presentation at a school, that’s what I’m expecting!

One of the fun aspects of my job is heading out to local schools to talk to kids about weather.  I usually go to a classroom studying weather, and take them through how to forecast using some of the websites we look at as meteorologists. 

I love getting kids interested in science and math, because they don’t think they need it.  I can’t tell you how many times I asked in class “will I ever really need this?”, and it’s something I now use everyday.

The kids are always a hoot, but nothing gets me more than the question and answer period.  Here are a few of the most common questions I get… and the response I give.

Question:  How much money do you make?

Answer:  Because I went to college, I make more money than I would with just a high school diploma.

Question:  Are the anchors married?

Answer:  Nope (I thought this when I was younger too!)

Question:  Are you ever wrong?

Answer:  Have you ever had to go to school when you thought you’d be able to sleep in?  Then I explain why the weather forecast is sometimes wrong, and how we strive to be right every time.

Question:  What time do you get up?

Answer:  Way before the sun comes up!  Around 3am.

Question:  Do you like getting up that early?

Answer:  I’m used to it.  It may sound crazy, but I love my job and that’s what gets me out of bed that early!  Trust me, if you have to get up that early, and you don’t like where you are going… you’d have a much harder time waking up in the middle of the night!

Question:  Who does your hair and makeup?

Answer:  Me, I could probably get an extra 40 minutes of sleep if I wasn’t responsible for that!

While the previous questions are just a sample of what I get asked, students also think of very intelligent things to ask.  I am always surprised with how much they know about weather.  Hopefully our 30 minute talk will inspire them to be the best they can be!

Damp & Dreary Monday

Let’s look at the glass half full, at least we’re not dealing with accumulating snow today.

Dense fog and drizzle mixed with light rain showers is expected today in Central Indiana.  By the afternoon, a few snowflakes could mix in with highs in the mid to upper 30s.

Overnight, the clouds will stick around, and maybe some flurries, as lows drop to the mid 20s.  Fog will more than likely be an issue Tuesday morning too.

Tuesday expect a few flurries with temps in the low to mid 30s.

We are watching the next chance for accumulating snow to move in late Tuesday into Wednesday.  At this time, any snow accumulation looks minor, but we’ll keep you posted on snow totals.