I GOT TO PUSH THE BUTTON
I admit to being giddy over being asked to advance Brian Gotter's weather graphics during Live at Noon yesterday.
It's just something I always thought we be kind of cool to do... you know... like driving the zamboni. I got to click through Gotter's forecast graphics yesterday because the clicker didn't work outside. Here's a little background for you.
When our forecasters are doing their weather presentations, they have a little remote control that allows them to advance through their various maps and graphics. They create each screen like a slide-show or power-point. Then when they're done talking about, say, the temperatures... they click the button and advance to the next slide. Maybe that's the wind speed, or jet stream, or rainfall projection... whatever.
Well, due to the extraordinarily nice weather yesterday, Brian wanted to do his presentation outside. The problem is, the clicker wasn't working through the external walls... so somebody in-house was going to have to do it. Yesterday that was me... and I couldn't have had more fun.
There was a trick to it. I tried to listen really closely to Brian to know when he was finished with a certain slide, and I would advance to the next just before he needed it. He did have to shake me a couple times, because I wasn't prepared for the pauses in the animation. Overall, however, I think I did a really good job.
All I have to do now is learn how to actually forecast the weather, and build all the graphics, and talk extensively about all the details therein... then I too could be a TV Weatherman. I've already got the clicking down.