Weather Channel reporter chats about Jim Cantore plus snow storm essentials (like beer)
Tally Dover rode her horse through a snowy forest in Kupres, Bosnia and captured this amazing footage.
The Weather Channel dispatched reporters for live Louisville broadcasts of Winter Storm Hunter in all its glory, so naturally, we wanted in on the action.
Chris Warren, an on-air meteorologist, talked with us about bourbon, Weather Channel gossip and tornadoes.
Yes, we asked about Jim Cantore. No, he couldn’t think of a craziest weather story to share. (We almost forgive him for that.)
Here’s a lightly edited, reorganized transcript of our conversation.
Q: What cities are pathetic at dealing with storms? Which keep their cool?
A: You always hear, “They don’t know how to drive in this,” or “They can’t handle this,” but every city is different. In the South, anywhere from Birmingham to Atlanta, an inch of snow can cripple the city. We saw that a few years ago with the interstates. It looked like something out of “The Walking Dead.” I mean, it was phenomenal.
There’s some memes that showed a poster from The Walking Dead and a picture of the snow day in Atlanta. I mean, it was really bad.
But a lot of it is just timing. There’s so much you can plan for, but there’s only so much you can control. One snowstorm, if it hits on a Friday night, is not going to cause nearly as much problems as if it hits at 3 in the afternoon on a Friday.
Q: What’s the dumbest thing you’ve seen someone do in a storm?
A: Gosh, I wish I had time to prepare for this. Dumbest thing? I think some people just don’t use their heads. And don’t understand gravity and friction and how an icy road on a hill is not good. You know?
I’m from the Seattle area and I worked in local news in the West. And, in Portland, Oregon, and even Seattle, you see cars and buses sliding down the hills and you just don’t understand why they do that.
Or the people that will wakeboard or tow their kids behind a car or truck in two feet of water, or a few inches of water. (It’s) when people don’t think things all the way through.
Q: What are your grocery store essentials ahead of snow?
A: We being honest? The grocery store essentials would be probably soup and beer. Something to keep you warm, and then to splurge and get a winter-type beer that’s a little bit higher in calories than what I’d normally want to drink.
There’s something soothing about a nice winter ale or something when there’s snow outside. And a hot meal.
Q: What about bourbon?
A: My wife and I were here for a wedding two years ago and we kind of cruised in and out of your establishments here on Main Street and enjoyed some.
Q: No favorite kind?
A: I couldn’t tell you. My dad’s a Jack Daniels man. Actually, my wife is too. She drinks it neat. (We won’t judge him too hard that he named Jack Daniels, which is, in fact, a whiskey.)
Q: Do local weather people ever get territorial when you come into a region?
A: Never. The weather community is pretty small and chances are you know someone.
Everyone’s just professional, everyone’s excited about the weather. I think if anyone is territorial, it’s probably inter-station at the same market, but I haven’t seen that in all the local news that I’ve worked at.
Q: What got you into covering weather?
A: I’ve always been fascinated by nature. I always grew up hiking and skiing and snowboarding. I’ve always just been fascinated, and analytical, too. I always want to know why stuff happens.
So, when I was in junior high, I bought my first weather book about clouds and that was it. I got into the TV side because I also love video. I always said, if I wasn’t on the TV, my second favorite job would be behind the camera.
I always loved teaching people. I remember how fascinated I was learning about the weather, so that’s one of my favorite things to do: to explain why things are happening and why it’s so cool.
Q: What do you think of Louisville’s reaction (or overreaction) to snow?
A: I talked with the spokesperson from Public Works. I think they’re doing all they can. It’s tough, when it starts as rain, because you can’t really pre-treat with the brine, because it’s liquid.
The idea is it’s liquid, it dries, and then you have the salt there. But the rain just washes it away. I think they’re doing all they can.
Q: Do you have a craziest weather story? Something you’ve been covering that was just completely nuts?
A: I had never seen a tornado and when I was down covering Hurricane Nate in Orange Beach, Alabama, I just showed up to the hotel and looked out the window.
I saw the radar, there was a strong shower out there. I saw what looked like a wall cloud, the beginning stages of a tornado. And then, boom, just like that I saw it.
That was one of the bucket list items.
Q: I’m going to be in trouble if I don’t ask. What’s it like working with Jim Cantore?
A: Awesome. He’s got one of the biggest hearts. He is one of the most genuine, nicest people.
When I first saw him, before I met him, I was like “Who is this guy?” He’s so animated, so passionate on TV. I’m like, “This guy can’t be for real.”
But that’s exactly the way he is. He is so passionate. Exactly what you see on TV is the way he is in real life.
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