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Out In The Cold

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Forecasting the weather in Oklahoma has its ups and downs.  The ups can be everything from bringing Oklahomans the good news of sunshine, light winds, and mid 70's on a Saturday to a good, soaking rain measuring several inches over the course of a few days.  The downs can be misjudging mother nature, miserable weather during an outdoor activity-heavy weekend, or anything that will inconvenience day-to-day life.  

Yet, as a meteorologist, you have to take the good with the bad.  The credit with the blame.  In the nearly 2 years I've been at News 9, I've experienced seemingly every kind of weather possible in the United States, save for the direct impact of a hurricane.  And strangely enough, I can remember the feeling of joy I felt when I was able to bring news of coming weather everyone could enjoy.  And conversely, the feeling of dread when bringing news of impending blizzards, hail storms, severe weather/tornado outbreaks, and times of seemingly endless drought.  

So why am I telling you all of this?  Well, in these blogs, I want to be able to share some of myself and my experiences with you as it all relates to the profession I love and enjoy.  For most of this week, I gave the forecast on News9 This Morning and News9 at Noon of a cold front moving into Oklahoma that would have a profound effect on a certain football game in Norman on Saturday morning that I'll be attending.  I kept telling myself to stay positive about the forecast.  We're getting rain.  We're getting temperatures that will actually feel like they should after Thanksgiving (and for longer than a couple of days!).  Yet, in the back of my mind, I knew I'd be braving the elements (north winds at 25-45 mph and sub-freezing wind chills) during a football game with a couple of friends.  And to be honest, I kept hoping I would be wrong.  Not the case.  I love active weather, but just once, I was hoping to bring news of a quiet, mild weekend in Oklahoma.  Maybe next time.  

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