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Saturday, February 28, 2009

Storm Forecast

A nor'easter threatens to bring the state 6"-12" of snow accumulation. Snow will develop Sunday night, coming down heavy at times into Monday morning. Some sleet will mix in and that may hold down accumluations in the southeastern corner of the state (like Groton). Most of the heavy snow will be out of here early Monday morning. But the roads will still be terrible. That's why I think for many kids (maybe even the whole state) it will be a snow day! I know all my teachers out there are happy to hear that!

The high end of the range (12") is most likely in the northeast hills. Any questions about the forecast? Just ask by posting a comment below.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Life Star May Lose State Funding

With the growing budget deficit, the state says it was a difficult choice but they had to make cuts somewhere...

There were some web technical issues so my story is in 2 pieces.
Part 1:

Part 2:

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Norwich Cold Case Heats Up

I can't imagine what it must be like to lose the person you love most. Furthermore, I can't imagine the frustration and sadness I would feel if the person who took that life continued to walk free. When Joanne Mallove spoke to us today my heart broke and I started crying right there at the Norwich Police Station. I really hope they catch the guy who did this and the family gets their closure.

Friday, February 20, 2009

My Exclusive Interview With Nick Lachey

Notice how the autographed pic says "all my love". I still have the butterflies! Nick Lachey was down to earth. His new song sounds SO much better acoustically. His voice was so good it surprised me! Nick's guitarist says people say that a lot on these radio tours. Can someone please get Nick a Tylenol? It looks like he has a headache in his publicity photo. Enjoy the interview! (I know I did)

Honorable Mention

This is an article from the Journal Enquirer from Wednesday, February 11, 2009. The section is called "air time!" and it's devoted to all things television. My assignment editor Ken thought I would be particularly interested in the part about my story on the Connecticut Civilian Conservation Corps. In their words it was "an interesting feature". I probably sound like a bragger. But I am just really proud to be recognized as a good writer when I am still just a beginner in that field. Maybe I'm just excited to have my name on the same page as the cast of Grey's Anatomy. I love that show! :)

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

FOX61 Morning News

Our ratings are not so hot. There...I said it. BUT this show just started several months ago so hopefully people catch on. I really think we put out a good product. I worked the show this morning and everyone just has such great chemistry. The anchors are good on their toes in breaking news and there are THREE morning reporters LIVE every morning. That's more than any other station. If you live in CT and you watch morning news...give us a chance!

4:30 AM - 9:00 AM Monday-Friday

President's Day Car Sales In Tough Economy

The numbers might surprise you!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Valentine's Day Forecast

This forecast is outdated and has been deleted by the FOX61 webmaster.

Not only were Sarah and I both wearing red, we were both wearing red dresses. It looked absolutely ridiculous! So we made fun of it on air! Today was the first day I ever read something on the teleprompter (other than in college). I helped dole out the V-Day stats after the weather. I also read a fun/goofy story at the end of the news about a couple spending their Valentine's Day in a store window. It's so fun being more involved in the newscast but I was so nervous. I didn't want to sound like I was reading! (See below: College Science Newscast, yikes!) I'm glad that Sarah is happy to share some of the fun stuff with me! Other than that, tonight was really fun. Saturday nights go by so fast because we have such a great crew. The weather was sort of boring though...Sunny and upper 30s for the next three days! When the producer gave me extra time I wasn't sure I could fill 3:00 but I made a couple extra graphics and succeeded. Can you tell I was stretching for time??

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Rell Proposes Conservation Corps

Overview: Cleaning beaches & trails and paying unemployed people to do it...

Text version and picture gallery

Just got a nice e-mail from the governor's office saying they thought I did a great job with the story. It was very nice to hear!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Happy Valentine's From Above!

I got this picture from a viewer and fellow cloud lover, Frank! It's shaped like a heart (just in case you couldn't tell). Thanks for the pic Frank!

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Sunday Night Forecast

This video has been deleted :( Check back this weekend for more weather clips! Thanks!

At 1:13 a hair gets stuck to my lip gloss and I have to make the decision...Do I leave it or fix it? I decided to fix it at 1:29. Sometimes that's the kind of stuff that flies through my head while I am giving a forecast. LOL.

Frank & French: Valentine's Day Ideas

February 14th is coming fast! But what should you get for your significant other?

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Old College Science News Reports

Every once in a while, you'll go through your computer and find something that makes you laugh. Today was one of those days. This was a "test" in my Weather Communications class Senior Year of college. The objective? To write a news story and recite it off the teleprompter. Enjoy, and yes, you are allowed to make fun of me.

Hamster Mug Shot

Just to be clear, there's nothing funny about Molly Bish's disappearance. There's something undeniably hilarious, however, about WFSB3 broadcasting a photo of a hamster instead of the suspect's mug shot. Hey, stuff like this happens on live TV! Kudos to Cara for staying cool under pressure. I would not have been as smooth....

Swim Team In Hot Water

Nine Seymour High School students on the swim team were suspended for a day after they wore a T-shirt specifically targeting and harassing a fellow student. But did the school go too far?

Click here for the text version & a photo gallery!!!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Snow Follows Groundhog Day. Coincidence?

There's nothing better than a fresh batch of snow to cover up all the dirty slushy snow and ice on the ground. Maybe Punxatawney Phil was right this year! 6 more weeks of winter. The only thing I really love about Groundhog Day is that the movie with Bill Murray plays over and over again!

Monday, February 2, 2009

Sen. Dodd Reveals Mortgage Documents

Very nice couple, very courteous and they answered all my questions with grace under pressure (oh yeah, I ask the tough questions). I wish they didn't take so long to release the documents, it makes people suspicious for no reason! If you have nothing to hide, put everything out in the open. I looked at over 100 pages of information, it really hurt my brain! But I do believe the Dodds when they say they were never aware they received any preferential treatment. Rachel Frank...political reporter and meteorologist. I like the sound of that! ;)

Text version of the story for you newspaper lovers

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Frank Vs. French

I won the Superbowl picks this year. Sarah was nice enough to recognize the win live on-air tonight. But really, it's purely dumb luck that I won! Check out Sarah's Blog!

OK so what's going on with this upcoming storm? Do I have any hair left? Because I have been ripping it out for 4 days now! This storm on Mon-Wed keeps flip flopping. Every model has a different solution. But I'll give you my gut feeling here on this blog (stuff I would not normally say on-air because it's too risky)

It looks like there will be two storms. The first one will pass well offshore Monday night into Tuesday, bringing us nothing more than a few snow showers with little or no accumulation. It’s a secondary low that could develop off the coast of the Carolinas on Tuesday afternoon that has me more concerned. The computer models show this storm taking two different tracks. One right along the coast, and another, out to sea (swimming with the fishes) so to speak. Although things can still change, my gut feeling is that this is more of an offshore event with light snow accumulations on the order of several inches (1-3" or so Mon night through Wed morning). BUT (you knew that was coming) it certainly bears watching because a shift in just a couple hundred milles west could make a big difference in this storm's outcome. Wish me luck forecasting! I'll need it this time around! Luckily I can take a break tomorrow because I'll be reporting!

Here's my favorite website with the latest computer models:
Penn State E-Wall