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Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
Sunday, May 22, 2011
An approaching warm front is providing mostly cloudy skies, patchy fog and scattered showers on Monday. The warm front will usher in a summer-like air mass Tuesday with more humidity and high temperatures in the 70s and 80s. But summer warmth comes with the opportunity for pop up thunderstorms, mainly in the afternoon. Showers and cooler temperatures return on Wednesday. Thursday looks mild and dry with more scattered storms Friday.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
I’m officially an Emmy Award Winning Meteorologist! I love the sound of that! I randomly see the golden statue or think about the Emmy and squeak like a mouse because I’m so happy, excited and proud of myself.
The official title of my award is “On Camera Talent Anchor-Weather”. To enter, you need to submit a composite. I submitted two full forecasts. One weathercast was blizzard coverage (plenty of those to choose from this year). The other was a normal summer forecast complete with the “Frizz Factor” and an explanation of the term “dog days of summer”.
I don’t think anyone understands how shocked I am. I’m normally very critical of myself. 95% of the time I finish a weathercast and say, “eh, I could’ve done better.” In January every ounce of my energy went into forecasting. I didn’t sleep or have a minute to myself. Then I would agonize about missing the forecast by an inch or two. I would think “I’m not cut out for this job. I might die 10 years sooner from stress.”
But all the stress and insecurities leaked out of me in that moment that I heard my name announced at the 2011 Boston/New England Emmy Awards.
May 14, 2011-The Emmy Award Ceremony
When my sister Jade told me she wanted to come with me to the ceremony/dinner, I told her she would be bored. This was my first nomination so I didn’t know what to expect. But everyone said it was a long night, two hours away (Quincy, MA). The nominees in my categories are Boston legends. Harvey Leonard has been on the air in Beantown for 25 years. He has two Emmys. Another nominee, Mike Wankum has ten golden statues. Everyone in Boston knows his name. Jeremy Reiner and four time Emmy nominated Cyndy Fitzgibbon are outstanding meteorologists in one of the best markets in the country. I gave myself 10% odds of winning. But my sister wanted to come and I was happy to have her.
I presented the first Emmy awards of the night with FOX CT Morning News Anchor Sarah French! I was stiff and nervous talking in front of the room of anxious people. Luckily, I shot most of my nerves on stage so I wasn’t thinking about my category for the first half of the night. My category was one of the last.
FOX CT started raking in the awards. Jim Altman pulled in FOUR Emmys! It was amazing to see Sarah French sit there in shock when they announced her Emmy Award for the series “Make A Wish Mondays”. I was so happy for them and proud to work with such talented people. But towards the end, I started feeling waves of nervous energy. When that happened I would tell myself “look, you can always enter again next year”. I was already talking myself off the cliff!
The seven minutes before my award were a blur. “Are you O.K.?” My sister asked, concerned as I stared into space with a glazed look.
FINALLY! My category was up next. “Let’s just get this over with,” I thought to myself. I squeezed my sister’s leg and clenched my jaw. The presenters announced the list of nominees. “And the Emmy goes to…..” Why did the silence feel so much longer for my award!? Come on already!! “Ra…” Were they about to say my name? Sounds like the start of my name. Must be my imagination.
“RACHEL FRANK!” My sister screamed like a little girl screams when she sees a bug. The whole FOX section was cheering. (We had three tables). I sat there processing what had just happened with tears filling my eyes. Was I about to cry? My hands were shaking, my heart was pounding and I felt like I was drunk. Was this real!? I raced up the stage. Crap, what would I say? It’s not like I expected to win!
First, I thanked FOX for letting me be myself on TV, even though “I can be weird sometimes”. I also thanked my sister Jade, making a joke about how she was complaining about the long drive all night. I threw the award up in the air and said “Jade, I hope this makes up for it.” I should’ve given a shout out to the nominees. Instead I babbled about not knowing what else to say and repeated the words “thank you” over and over again.
The award they hand you is a dummy. The real deal sits in a box with satin lining in an adjacent room. I just leaned on the table with the Emmy, needing a moment to catch my breath. Tears filled up my eyes again and my face hurt from smiling so much. I made my way to the media wall and opened the black box for the first time. I pulled out the Emmy. It was heavy! Maybe eight pounds? It said my name on it! I was in la la land. “Are you ready?” the photographer had been waiting for me. “What’s your award for, Miss?” “The weather,” I said proudly. “I’m a meteorologist.”
Sunday, May 15, 2011
On Saturday I went to my first Boston / New England Emmy Award Ceremony! I was nominated for my first Emmy award and I won! I'm elated, shocked, honored...I'm going to write a detailed account of the night(that I'm sure will be boring to everyone except myself). But I need a second to breathe before I can sit still long enough to write something. But here's a quick post about who won awards at FOX! I'm so proud to work with such talented people!
On Camera Talent Anchor- Weather: Meteorologist Rachel Frank
Writer- News: Jim Altman
Feature News Report Light Series: Sarah French, for 'Make A Wish Mondays'
Editor- News, Within 24 Hours: Mike Piskorski
Spot News: Jim Altman and Sharon Burke, for 'Bridgeport Tornado: Surviving The Storm'
On Camera Talent Commentator / Editorialist: Jim Shea and editor Matt Nodland, for 'Too Shea'
Feature News Report Light Feature: Jim Altman and Mike Piskorski, for 'Band Of Brothers'
On Camera Talent Reporter- Feature / Human Interest: Jim Altman
Remember how most of last week was dry, with a big blocking pattern? Well now that same pattern is working to our disadvantage, keeping unsettled weather in the forecast for the entire work week! Monday will feature mostly cloudy skies, fog and scattered showers. There is a better chance Tuesday and Wednesday for steady (at times heavy) rain. A southeasterly will bring in moisture from the ocean, keeping temperatures in the 60s. Isolated thunderstorms are possible, especially late week.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Monday, May 9, 2011
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- $1.5 million damages to the states tobacco industry
- 9 inches of snow fell in the hills of Winchester, Norfolk and North Canaan
- 1.3” Snow at Bradley Intl. Airport
- 25,000 customers lost power
- Snowplows weren’t even used because the snow melted so fast! It was spring after all!
This was the latest measurable snow EVER in Windsor Locks! Which means…YES! It’s fairly safe to say we are done seeing measurable snow this year!
Final total: 86.4” in Windsor Locks which is the 2nd snowiest year on record (and we basically achieved all that in a month). The number one spot is 1995-96 with 115.2”.
Bridgeport received 62.6" of snow this season.
Sunday, May 8, 2011
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
The voices started getting louder. I’m getting more and more annoyed.
Suddenly, I hear in middle of my forecast, “WRAP!!” It’s my producer telling me in my earpiece that my time was up. First the distractions and now this? I was still 3 graphics away from the 7 day. I should have another minute at least! Something was up. I tried to get through the end of the forecast as quickly as possible.
Rushing makes me stutter. It wasn’t pretty. I finish the weathercast and Brent says we’re waiting for the President to make an announcement. Ohhh, OK. That explains why I needed to wrap. And then someone told me WHY the president was speaking. “Osama is freakin’ dead, the U.S. killed him and we have the body!” A producer shouted, while running past me in a giddy voice.
“What?” I needed to digest the information. A wave of emotion rolled over me. This was a historic moment. I grew up in Battery Park City, next to the World Trade Center. I knew people who were there watching the horror unfold on 9/11 day. I felt like I was there with them. But now I feel relieved to know that there’s some closure for the victims of 9/11. It was exciting to be in the newsroom as latest information slowly leaked in. The mood was electric.
Anyway, I’ll always remember where I was when the world found out Bin Laden was dead. I was in the middle of doing the weather. I guess I’ll forgive the crowd of excited editors and producers making noise. Because that news was worth celebrating.
Monday, May 2, 2011
On a lighter note, the average high temperature increases by ten degrees this month. Mmmmmmm, mid 70s...
One of the reasons it felt cooler than normal is because we were spoiled last year with nice mild weather! Check out the number of days we spent in the 70s, 80s and 90s this year compared to 2010!