Friday, February 12, 2016

Winter Woes Staying Well North/East

All the network news programs highlighted the dreaded “POLAR VORTEX” tonight that will bring the coldest air in several years (maybe record breaking?) to the major cities of the Northeast.  Fortunately for us, the core of the cold will remain well to our north, but it’ll be chilly enough on Saturday and Sunday to use the sweaters & jackets again.  A fast moving upper disturbance will bring our best rain chances in nearly 2 week Monday before we dry out and warm up again late next week.   Today is day 9 with rain and my garden needs some water.  Stay tuned.


As we head towards the finish of my 38 years with Ch. 8, it’s fun to look back on the many who helped make me better.  It starts with the late Mike Herrera, who was the voice of Ch. 8 during the 70s & 80s.  Mike did our weekend weather while I handle the weekday programs.  We didn’t have a morning newscast until after Katrina.  Nancy Russo was hired in 1980 as the 1st female meteorologist in New Orleans.   Some of the other meteorologists that helped me were Joe Cioffi, Ken Aucoin, Howard Bernstein, Brian Greenwald, Christy Henderson, Crystal Wicker,  Chip Barrere, Chris Franklin, Kim Vaughn, and Dawn Brown.  They may have been others, and I apologize if I left someone out.  Many of the above went to bigger markets & I am proud of their success.      Our current weather team is Bruce Katz, David Bernard, Nicondra, Norwood & Shelby Latino.      I feel like I’m leaving FOX 8 in very good hands.   I’ll still be available this summer if a hurricane threatens the Gulf, but we hope not.   More to come as we recall many very good years. 

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Spring preview

Looking at my citrus trees today and it was not surprising to see new growth coming out.  Even my water oaks are showing signs of budding.   We still have another 3 weeks of Meteorological Winter and the opportunity for freezes exists well into March, but it is truly amazing to watch Mother Nature work her magic as the sun angle gets higher and the days get longer.   Even the birds are getting their nests ready in my 4 bird houses.  It’s an exciting time of the year, but not everywhere.  A huge brutally cold air mass in Canada is heading towards the Great lakes & North East.  NYC may go below zero for the 1st time in decades.  Fortunately for us, we’ll only get brushed by the chill on Saturday with the core staying well to our north & east.  Enjoy Friday’s warmth (70s) as Saturday will stay in the 50s requiring sweaters & coats again.  It won’t last long.


Looking back at nearly 4 decades, I’ve had the opportunity to work with many great journalists.  I’ve already mentioned the late Alec Gifford, but there was also Mel Leavitt and his great voice, Buddy Diliberto who would give you the shirt off his back, World Series hero Ron Swoboda,  Richard Anderson. Margaret Dubuisson, Warren Bell, and many others.  The problem with Ch. 8 back then was stability.  We never kept the same anchor team together very long.   That is no longer the case as Kim Holden, Nancy Parker, John Snell & I have been together for over 20+ years.  Add in Lee Zurik and it’s no wonder our ratings have passed Ch. 4 at 10 PM.     I have not worked for a # 1 news team since my Tampa days back in the 70s.  So nice to reach retirement knowing we could be # 1 in New Orleans.  Stay tuned!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Feeling Sad Tonight...

Was going to talk more about my incredible ride in Argus yesterday, but the tragic news about former Pelican’s Coach Monty Williams’ wife dying in a car crash has me bummed.    She was only 44 and had 5 children, the youngest being only 5.    I invite you to go on the web tonight and do a Lady Gaga search for…”Til it happens to you”.    I lost my wife suddenly at age 54, but my children were not kids anymore.  My youngest was 20, my oldest 28.   They didn’t need help with homework, getting dressed for school or just making dinner for them.   Nope, but I remember it was very hard to face the reality of being alone in this world.    I feel Monty’s pain tonight because I know how it feels.  But in Lady Gaga’s song, there is an inspiration about keeping your head up and be strong…and move on.  Far too soon for Monty to even think of moving on .  May he be in all of our prayers tonight, because til it happens to you, you really don’t know.


A spring preview will arrive tomorrow and last through Friday before a cold front reminds us it’s still February on Saturday.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

OMG...What a Ride !

I’m  sure many of you “older folk” have made yourself a bucket list, things you what to do BEFORE you kick da bucket.     Haven’t been to a Broadway Play, on my bucket list.  Haven’t been to Paris, London, Italy, on my bucket list.  How about a ride through the Canadian Rockies on a train?  On my bucket list.   Riding in a Carnival Krewe as a Grand Marshal...done that and I will tell you today was beyond terrific!  Today was beyond sensational! Today was a special day in my life where I felt the LOVE, felt why many don’t want me to retire.   I can’t say thank you enough to all who have e-mailed, Face Booked & Tweeted to express their Love for me.  I may be the “little fella” but you all make me feel so big.    Thank you New Orleans.  This is my home & this is where I will stay.  3 Weeks left on the journey.  Let’s enjoy the ride.


Weather-wise?   Who cares!   It’s Mardi Gras.  I don’t want to tell you how nice the next few days will be.  Let’s try to recover and get ready for reality as Lent begins tomorrow.