The big change to 3D is happening this week at StormCenter 17. Today during the 5 o'clock news you will notice a new look to our weathercasts. The change doesn't start at 5 this morning, but rather 5 this afternoon. Typically big changes like this are saved for the evening crew.
With all of the change comes a little anxiety for us weather folk. First of all…any change can be unsettling, whether it is good or bad. Second of all…the great changes we are about to do take a lot of work. With the new graphics we will be changing our routines and the way we do just about everything. These changes will even require us to do things at the weather wall a bit differently. And at StormCenter 17 we realize that we have a better reputation than some of the other people that try to do weather…so even with change there is pressure to do well.
On my way to work this morning I was thinking about all of this change. I was going over in my head what it will take to come into work tomorrow morning and get into the changes. It was pretty preoccupying, if that is even a word. I was driving south down Route 51 in Decatur just kind of drifting off into thought. At some point I look up and see the Target store on my right…and the intersection I was in the middle of at the time. I look up at the stop light as I was blowing right through…and it was red.
Yep. I blew completely through the red light simply because I was in a daze and wasn't paying attention. Ordinarily I am a good driver. I have not had any incidents in quite a while, and I am as safe as I can be at any given time, at least I like to think I am. But this morning I blew it. I realize, also, that I was lucky there was no cross-traffic at 3:30-ish in the morning. And fortunately there were also no squad cars happening by at the moment, either. But it is something that I did and I wanted to tell you about it. Honesty is just how we roll here on "Weather…or Not".
I am excited to watch the 5 o'clock news later today. I believe it will be Lee Davis breaking out the new look. I am curious to see what Lee uses and how he adapts to the new look. This stuff is really going to make us stand out from the pack around here…and that is very exciting! Please let me know what you think about the new stuff when you get the chance. If you don't want to send feedback to the blog…you can just email me at my work account. I likely won't post your opinions on the blog…I would just like to know what you think!
I had to stop and get gas this morning on my way to work. It got me to thinking…gas has not gone over $3 a gallon since President Obama took office. I wonder why that is.
Is it because the economy is in the tank? Maybe the price of oil tanked with the economy and that is why gas is still relatively cheap, compared to the previous four or five years. That is certainly plausible. Maybe gas would be this price no matter who was in charge.
Or…is it possible that the fix actually was in with the last administration when it comes to oil prices? I have no evidence. But…the Bush's are oil people. The Chaney's are oil people. Right? I'm not saying…I'm just saying. But again…I have no evidence.
I should think it is likely the economy that is helping keep gas prices down. But it certainly gives those of us that like to think about conspiracies something to think about, doesn't it??
Okay. "Feedback Friday"!
From Judy in Findlay (11/25/9):
LOL! Thanks for the "insight" on the weather department and what happens when we aren't paying close attention.
Hi, Judy! It is great to hear from someone in Findlay. And of course…we love to hear from people that don't send feedback often!
The fly being down thing actually happens more than I should admit. I have a routine when getting ready for the news…and part of that routine is to straighten my shirt. I do that by going through the fly and sometimes I just forget to zip it back up.
Crap. That might have been FAR too much information! Heh. Sorry…
From Phil in Cissna Park (11/25/9):
Glad to have you back safe and sound, Greg. Now...remember......S M I L E!!!
Thanks, Phil! I'm glad to see you back safe from your recent travels, too. And yes…I am still trying to smile more! Man…it is more of a struggle than I thought it would be, tho. I guess old habits really do die hard!
And Phil…thank you for what you do. Driving all around the country helping people that need help is something all of us should aspire to do.
This next piece of feedback is from a friend of mine through this blog. I want to share the email…but won't share the name, just in case this friend wouldn't want me to!
Happy Thanksgiving Greg, Glad you're doing well and hope you have a great holiday. Mom said to eat a lot of food today and put on a little weight. She still loves the suit you wore today, so I told her you wore it just for her. LOL We loved the JC turkey you had on the news this morning, it was so funny. Hope you and your family have a great Thanksgiving.
First of all…I am very happy that at least some of you got a kick out of "JC the Weather Turkey". The turkey was put together by some kids a few years ago…and I like to bring him out when I work Thanksgiving.
JC is the weather guy that does the 6 and 10 news every weeknight around here. He also happens to be a person that I consider a pretty good friend. He is very good at what he does, and thankfully JC has a great sense of humor. I like people that can laugh at themselves…and JC can. He worked last night, and I left the Weather Turkey out for him to see. Instead of throwing the thing away JC just put the turkey back in the same spot it has been for a few years. See…that's a cool, confident guy right there.
Secondly…tell your Mom that it doesn't matter how much or what I eat. I still can't seem to gain much weight. It's okay, tho! I am still pretty healthy. And I do have to admit…women have been trying to feed me for 36 years now and I really love food. So it ain't a bad thing to be told to eat more!! :-)
From Mike in Downs (11/26/9):
Hey Greg, I'm a long time watcher first time blogger. I live in Bloomington area but I love to watch the Decatur news. Everyone laughs when they see me watching you and not something local. I'm not a big fan of the other weather people. They don't smather me with information like you do. Speaking of smather, the day you used that word on air made me want to open the urban dictionary and look it up. Good word...loved it. I didn't notice your fly yesterday but, thanks for being honest.
Good to hear from first-timers, Mike! Thanks for chiming in to the old blog!
Did I actually say "smather" during the weather? Honestly…I don't know what I am about to say half the time, and don't remember what I say the rest of the time! I am glad something I said stuck with you, tho, Mike! And it is also a good idea to have that dictionary around. I have quite a few younger friends…and they keep me up on what the kids are saying these days!
From Jennifer in Decatur (11/26/9):
Greg, We are thankful for you too! Thanks for doing your blog. I know that I check it everyday. :) I can't remember exactly why I started reading your blog, but I do know that I always thought you had a great sense of humor. I enjoyed seeing JC the weather turkey this am. I like how someone even took the time to "stuff" him and make him 3D. Hope that you had a good Thanksgiving or are going to. We are having one tomorrow and one Sunday. My brother also works for a newstation and he had to work today also. As you know the news/weather never stops! Keep up the good work and I always enjoy when you talk about your pups/animals. :)
Awww…thanks, Jennifer. It means a lot to know that you appreciate me as much as I appreciate you. And it really is one of the better parts of my job to do this blog. (Even though technically it is not part of my job to do this blog. I mean…I don't get paid extra to do it. They just asked me to start one almost two years ago…and I said "sure".)
For which station does your brother work? Send me a private email and let me know! Broadcasting can be a small world…maybe we know some of the same people.
Thanks again for the feedback, all. If you would like to chime in again, or for the first time, you can find the feedback form just above the picture of my dog. And of course you should sign up for email alerts, too, so you never miss an update. And don't forget to scroll down to the bottom of this page and vote by clicking on a star. Yep…you can rate this blog! Too much power…
Have a great weekend. Tomorrow is going to be FANTASTIC…
Happy Thanksgiving! Hope the blog finds you well this morning. I don't usually get into Holidays all that much. But on Thanksgiving I do like to think about things for which to be thankful. Here are some of those things.
I love my dogs. You already know that. This past year has been difficult in many ways…and those little dudes have been there with love, and without judgment, all the way.
I love my family, and am thankful for such a great group of people that I did not choose to have to be around so much. But because they are so cool it is a pleasure to be around them.
This year has brought my family a new member. I am thankful that the timing worked out so that I could be there when Alexa Grace joined our ranks. And I am thankful that my sister found such a wonderful man.
I have the greatest group of friends, both old and new, a person could hope to have.
I am thankful to have a job that allows me to have fun, enjoy some tremendous people, and live a reasonably comfortable lifestyle.
I am thankful to be in decent health, aside from an ear hair situation that seems to be getting worse as I get older. While we are on the subject…are we supposed to have hair on our shoulders and nape, as well???
I am thankful to live in this country. Our (We the People) backs are occasionally against the wall, but this is still the greatest country the world has ever known. And I appreciate the fact that we can complain about it when we feel we have room for improvement. You can't do that everywhere in this world of ours.
I am thankful to have this blog. It may sound odd…but having this blog might just have kept me around here for a while. I love the interaction with you that this blog provides. It has given me the chance to share with you parts of me that you don't get to see on TV. And I really feel that many of you have become friends of mine, just from our interaction on this blog.
I don't want to be predictable…but I really am thankful that you read this blog. It is still the most visited regular non-weather feature on our website, and that is because you are so loyal. And believe it or not...you and I have done this without literally ANY promotional support from the station. Look around this website since I have been doing this blog and you will see banners for Lee and JC's Twitter accounts, banners to other baby blogs and Biggest Loser blogs...and never once a banner taking you here. There have been promos on TV for other features and blogs on this website...and never once one for this blog, other than the mentions I give it in the morning. And if you have been paying attention...we don't even talk about it during the morning news much anymore. And yet it is still...BY FAR...the most viewed regular non-weather feature on the website. Thanks!
Here's something someone sent me that was interesting and maybe helpful:
Looking for fast, free ways to save on energy around the home this winter? According to Tom Kraeutler, host of the nationally-syndicated home improvement radio show, The Money Pit, there are many common-sense things you can do everyday in your home to lower energy bills.
Tip #1 - Lock your windows. Don't just close them, but lock them to create an airtight seal that keeps out air leaks and drafts.
Tip #2 – Plug power-draining computers and electronic equipment into a power strip with a switch, so they can all be easily turned off when not in use.
Tip #3 - Turn off lights when leaving a room.
Tip #4 - Get free solar heat by opening the blinds and shades on your windows during the day.
Tip #5 - Chill out and do your laundry in cold water.
Tip #6 – Add a sweater and lower the thermostat. For every degree you lower your thermostat, you may be able to save 5 percent on heating costs.
Tip #7 – Run only full loads in your dishwasher.
Tip #8 – Remove lint often from your clothes dryer and its outside vent. And, run your dryer in the evening, when the extra heat helps warm your house.
Tip #9 – Close the doors (and the heating vents) in rooms with minimal use, like walk-in closets, laundry rooms and guest bedrooms, to reduce heat use in those areas.
Tip #10 – Snuggle up under more blankets at night and turn your heat down lower to reduce energy costs.
I actually already do many of those things at my house...and they really do make a difference!
Have a great holiday, all. Again…I will be here tomorrow, too. We will still do "Feedback Friday" tomorrow. Get your feedback in now! The form is above…
Thanks for the concern about being gone yesterday and Monday. It was an unplanned absence…but everything is alright. Had some stuff to do up North, and now it is done! I will be here through the rest of the week. So if you get bored with your relatives tomorrow and Friday rest assured the blog will be updated! Now if only I can figure out the formatting problems around here!
Were you watching the news yesterday morning? Did you see what we will be using at StormCenter 17 very soon?? Something about 3D radar and it is very cool. If you watch us for any length of time over the next few weeks you won't be able to miss it. If things go well I may even do a little demo during the news this morning. Hope I don't mess it up!
Honestly…that's about all I have for now. It has been a busy morning, and the news hasn't even started yet! Like I said…I will be here through the holiday. So sign up for the email alerts and you won't miss an update on the blog!
For some reason something has changed on the ole blog. Now the apcing is all messed up. I think the company that handles our website did another update. Figures. Anyway...I am trying to figure it out.
So I haven't been at work yet this week. I had to shoot up to Chicago on Sunday to take care of something. Things are good...and everyone is fine. But my attendance was required up North for a bit. I will be back to work tomorrow.
Just wanted to give you an update!
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