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Atmosphere Academy: What goes into a day

Monday, October 19th, 2009

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We’ve often heard it said that you never truly know what it’s like to do a job until you do it. And that’s especially true for a broadcast meteorologist.

The first thing you have to know about television is that there is no “normal” work schedule. You either work really early in the morning, or really late at night – or sometimes both!

For Jerry, since he works on the first show of the day, Good Morning Carolina, his work day begins as early as 3:00 a.m. When he arrives at work, the first thing he does is generate a forecast. He analyzes the output from several computer models to get a handle on what the weather is going to be like.

Of course, computer models can look a little intimidating, so it’s important to simplify things for our viewers. We have 2 customized animation computers that allow us to generate easy to read graphics based on computer model data. We can draw fronts, high/low pressure systems, or we can get really creative and invent totally new designs to tell the weather story. Each meteorologist is responsible for designing his own look. When the graphics are completed, it’s time to go on the air.

A typical newscast runs between 1 and 2 hours, but there are many things to be done even after the newscast goes off. A meteorologist may visit area schools or civic groups, install upgrades or perform back-ups of the 10 computers that run our weather lab. And naturally, if you have severe weather, your work day can double in length quickly. That is why it is nice to have some back-up if you need it.

After all, if Jerry is in to work at 3:00 a.m., it means he has to be in the bed, asleep, by 6:00 p.m.; easier said than done.

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videoThe Atmosphere Academy is back in session. This time, it’s a question about what goes on in the wee hours of the morning here at WWAY. Meteorologist Jerry Jackson has more.

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Update – S. Kerr Ave. reopens after gas leak

Monday, October 19th, 2009

Buildings near the intersection of Cedar Avenue and South Kerr Avenue were evacuated because of a gas leak.

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Group meets to consider Sandy Island ferry service

Monday, October 19th, 2009

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GEORGETOWN, S.C. — The deaths of three people in a boating accident during a storm earlier this year has South Carolina officials considering ferry service to Sandy Island again.

The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reported that the the Coast Regional Transportation Authority will review bids Monday in Georgetown for a regularly scheduled ferry boat service for Sandy
Island residents.

The authority will decide whether to issue a recommendation for a contractor or request more information from the applicants. Georgetown County has been working with Coast RTA for several
months in the wake of a boating accident Feb. 18, when three people were killed on their way home to Sandy Island during a storm.

About 100 people live on the island, which is only accessible by boat.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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The deaths of three people in a boating accident during a storm earlier this year has South Carolina officials considering ferry service to Sandy Island again.

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New Hanover County middle school districts to be discussed at forum

Monday, October 19th, 2009

New Hanover County school board will hold a forum at 7 tonight at Noble Middle School, 6520 Market St., to discuss proposed new middle school districts.

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Center to unveil plan to house Charlotte homeless

Monday, October 19th, 2009

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CHARLOTTE — The Urban Ministry Center wants the city of Charlotte to change how the state’s largest city deals with the chronically homeless.

The Charlotte Observer reported that center will unveil a $10 million project that includes apartments for up to 85 of the city’s most troubled homeless people and training needed to build a life.

Moore Place will be based on similar programs in a half dozen cities that who that it’s cheaper to house the chronically homeless than to continue paying for their frequent trips to jail or the emergency room.

Center officials say that from that perspective alone, the project could save the city an estimated $2 million in its first year.

Land has been purchased and the apartments are set for completion in late 2010.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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The Urban Ministry Center wants the city of Charlotte to change how the state’s largest city deals with the chronically homeless.

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