As of Thursday, the last day of January 2013, I am no longer employed at KOLR/KOZL-TV. I am leaving on good terms.
Because it’s matter of personal integrity, it’s important for me to state that my diminished presence on the air over the last year and four months was not my idea. I am not someone who chooses to give up or fade away. Quite the opposite actually, I am always looking for new ideas and challenges in my life.
Being on television for the past nearly twenty seven years has been an amazing experience! I have met so many people, experienced many new things and made some great friends. The people of the Ozarks are fantastic! Nearly everywhere I go, people say “hey, your the weatherman!”. It’s a warm and good feeling for a somewhat reserved, only child from Chicago!
It’s been an honor to be at the helm during times of severe weather in the Ozarks and we have had our share of storms over the decades! From the day after Thanksgiving tornado of 1991 to the significant tornado outbreaks of 2003, 2006 and 2008 and of course the notorious Joplin tornado, I have tracked and provided live coverage for them all. And let’s not forget the crippling ice storms and blizzards!
As for the future or “what are you going to do?”, well, first let me say that I have been forecasting and following the weather in the Ozarks since 1986 and I have no intention of stopping! As many of you know, I have a large presence on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, YouTube and Linked In. If you are reading this then you already know I have a personal web site on which I blog about weather on a daily basis. Look to these internet and social media outlets for my continuing coverage of our crazy weather in the Ozarks!
I have been an instructor of Weather and Climate at Missouri State University (MSU) nearly all of the 27 years I have lived in the Ozarks and that role continues. I have also had the privilege of guiding two classes of students into the Great Plains in search of severe storms and tornadoes. These academic versions of a storm chase tour were a huge personal achievement for me and were very exciting! While these classes were only available to students at MSU, I have some exciting news for those of you who wish to join me on a personal guided storm chase tour this spring!
For those of you in the legal profession, I provide expert legal testimony in cases involving weather. My list of cases to date can be found here. If I can be of any assistance to you, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
If anyone is wondering if I am seeking a full-time job in something other than weather, my answer is that I am open to anything at this point. It’s all on the table!
I have family in the Ozarks and I have no plans on leaving. This has been my home for over a quarter of a century and I look forward to new adventures and experiences!
A big thanks to all of you who have watched me over the years. Stay in touch and you’ll be seeing me around!