Forecasting the weather in Oklahoma has its ups and downs. The ups can be everything from bringing Oklahomans the good news of sunshine, light winds, and mid 70's on a Saturday to a good, soaking rain measuring several inches over the course of a few days. The downs can be misjudging mother nature, miserable weather during an outdoor activity-heavy weekend, or anything that will inconvenience day-to-day life.
Yet, as a meteorologist, you have to take the good with the bad. The credit with the blame. In the nearly 2 years I've been at News 9, I've experienced seemingly every kind of weather possible in the United States, save for the direct impact of a hurricane. And strangely enough, I can remember the feeling of joy I felt when I was able to bring news of coming weather everyone could enjoy. And conversely, the feeling of dread when bringing news of impending blizzards, hail storms, severe weather/tornado outbreaks, and times of seemingly endless drought.
So why am I telling you all of this? Well, in these blogs, I want to be able to share some of myself and my experiences with you as it all relates to the profession I love and enjoy. For most of this week, I gave the forecast on News9 This Morning and News9 at Noon of a cold front moving into Oklahoma that would have a profound effect on a certain football game in Norman on Saturday morning that I'll be attending. I kept telling myself to stay positive about the forecast. We're getting rain. We're getting temperatures that will actually feel like they should after Thanksgiving (and for longer than a couple of days!). Yet, in the back of my mind, I knew I'd be braving the elements (north winds at 25-45 mph and sub-freezing wind chills) during a football game with a couple of friends. And to be honest, I kept hoping I would be wrong. Not the case. I love active weather, but just once, I was hoping to bring news of a quiet, mild weekend in Oklahoma. Maybe next time.