Jim Cantore. The Weather Channel
Jim is an on-camera meteorologist at The Weather Channel & one of the most recognised faces in weather. He is a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist and AMS Fellow and the proud owner of over 100 Japanese Maples.
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Question 1. What was your most memorable weather event?
My most memorable weather event was Katrina. I covered the Florida and Mississippi landfalls. It was like being on a movie set after landfall with things I could have never imagined. This event forever changed me. I saw the worst and the best in man from this event.
Hurricane Katrina Making Landfall in New Orleans
Question 2. What is your favourite and least favourite type of weather?
I love snowstorms especially when they include lightning :)
I don't like floods. Nobody wins in a flood! Nobody!
Question 3. If you weren't a meteorologist what would you most like to be?
I would be a landscaper. I'm a tree hugger from Vermont. I love making things that nobody else wants grow come back to life. I have over 100 Japanese maples.
Question 4. From a purely meteorological point of view, where would you most like to live?
I've travelled on assignment to every state but North Dakota for my 30 plus years at TWC. I really can't pick one place. I love California, I think it's our prettiest state overall so I'll do this by season...
Winter- Key West, FL
Spring- Asheville, North Carolina
Summer- Lake Tahoe
Fall - Vermont
Question 5. Is there anything else you'd like to share?
I have met so many wonderful people in the meteorological community and I'm so very thankful for that. I love how we come together at conferences to learn and improve being the first line of protection for the public when facing a potential weather hazard. We must continue to improve our message and welcome other ideas for the greater good of the people we serve. A message that our customers understand and respond to for the safety of themselves and their families should always at the forefront of what we do.
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