I volunteered to do a weather story Wednesday about the heat (I know, tough assignment right?). But I love going outside and talk about the weather, especially when there are records associated with it.
I met some very nice individuals. When I randomly ask people if I can interview them or film them, I know it can be intimidating for them. However the folks I talked to were more than willing to chat about the weather! I probably had more luck asking them to answer a few questions about the weather rather than something controversial :)
I bumped into Kelsey Calif first. She was riding her bike to work rather than driving. I may have made her a few minutes late by asking her to stop real quick as she slammed on the brakes on her bike, only to be followed by a quick interview for our station. I caught a unique interviewee as she is focusing on environmental studies for UVM and considers this weather crazy, much like I think of it. She also shared the same opinion as me regarding this weather.
"I'll enjoy it while it's here, I'm enjoying this sunshine," said Calif.
I let her continue her biking commute and trekked across the waterfront park along Lake Champlain to Fred Silverman. The New Milford, Connecticut resident was spending time in the Queen City with relatives during a record-breaking streak of weather. He said rather than seeing snow, ice, and a frozen Lake Champlain he was reading a history lesson on the Champlain Valley during the Revolutionary War, while sitting in 70-degree sunshine. He used words such as "awesome" and "having fun" to describe what he thought of this recent weather streak up here. At the same time though he said, "I hope this doesn't last into August with these way-above average temperatures!"
Fred and I chatted about the weather, why it has been so warm lately, and his take on how he's enjoying this. I guess every day you can chat with someone about the weather, but not every day with a meteorologist. I don't mind at all. I wouldn't be in this profession if I hated talking about weather all the time.
I caught some video of some ultimate Frisbee along the lake too. Players suited in shorts and short-sleeves threw backhands, forehands, even the occasional hammer throw, rather than being inside and wondering when they'd get the next chance to go play some ultimate outside. I bumped into Gena and her son strolling around the waterfront in their summer clothing, right after seeing a man row his boat onto land near the U.S. Coast Guard.
All in all most people I saw and spoke to Wednesday were enjoying this record-breaking streak of weather. I did ask on our Facebook page how people sum up this weather in one word and got about 40 responses. Of those I counted 19 positive responses and 12 negative. There were a handful in the middle or neither like crazy, weird, spooky. I agree, it is odd.
-Meteorologist Steve Glazier