Meteorologists often get a lot of flack, and it’s obvious why. At its best, predicting the weather is an uncertain science.
That uncertainty means that people get grumpy when they carry around their umbrella all day and the clouds fail to coalesce. They also don’t enjoy it when sleet slams the spring weekend of an outdoor wedding.
Still, The Weather Channel reminds us that meteorologists do great things for their communities even though they aren’t clairvoyant. For instance, they help disseminate emergency warnings.
They also provide detailed knowledge about local areas for governmental officials and out-of-towners. Sometimes, though, they even help others in ways that are a little outside of their sphere of expertise.
Meteorologist Susie Martin gave her weather report with the “help” of a very special person. She appeared on the air with her then-21-month-old son strapped to her back.
Fortunately for Martin, he remained asleep for almost the entirety of her screen time. But the fact that he was there at all was also a boon for the boy.
Martin had chosen to strap her son to her as part of International Baby-Wearing Week in October 2018. The event highlighted the importance of close touch for childhood development.
NewsWest 9 Meteorologist Derrick Jackson also wore something special on the air in order to help a brave little boy.
According to KWES, 8-year-old Seth Forrester of Big Spring, Texas, has a condition called anomalous aortic origin of a coronary artery.
It’s a big name for a big disorder that is the second highest cause of sudden cardiac death among young people. In order to raise awareness, his mother, Jamie Forrester, had started a campaign to get Jackson to wear a heart-covered tie during his broadcast.
“I immediately messaged her back,” Jackson said. “I was like, ‘You don’t have to get likes or shares.’ I’d love to do this but at the same time, we were thinking we need to do our best to raise awareness. Not only am I able to help but you can see the community come together to help him out as well so I thought that was very important.”
KOCO meteorologist Michael Armstrong’s recent efforts didn’t involve him putting on a particular kind of clothing. Instead, it involved him braving the elements without the proper outerwear.
KOCO’s Maggie Carlo posted a video on Facebook of Armstrong stopping by a car that had been involved in an accident. On Jan. 3, road conditions near Oklahoma City had been treacherous due to snow.
A car carrying three children had careened off the road. No one looked hurt, but the trio of kids weren’t dressed for cold weather.
So Armstrong gave them his coat and gloves. When the time came to put them back in the vehicle, he lifted the youngest and carried him to the car.
The weatherman is no stranger to serving others. According to FTVLive, he also pastors Henderson Hills Baptist Church.
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