Interview: The Weather Channel's Jim Cantore Talks About 'Storm Stories' and Assesses SoCal
You've all seen Jim Cantore, the daring meteorologist who's been on The Weather Channel for almost 25 years now. A regular staple on "Weather Center", he's been hosting "Storm Stories" (Sundays @ 5pm) for several seasons and is heavily involved with the creation of each episode.Who else out there is a Weather Channel geek? If there is a weather event happening or if there is a lull in other programming, and this happens a lot, we invariably click over to The Weather Channel to watch the radar loops, to find out what's happening over Ohio and all the other technical-newsy stuff. When hurricane season begins, few people can deny that they check on the progress of Tropical Depression So-and-So and if you have friends or relatives in the Gulf, the Weather Channel is the best place to find out what and how the weather is going to affect the people that you know.
This is how The Weather Channel's "Storm Stories" works - they identify a weather event, find people who were affected by it, get on the ground footage of the event, and piece together a story to teach the rest of us that those green, yellow, and red radar blips have real consequences for real human beings.
We had the chance to talk to Jim Cantore a couple weeks ago and he told us about "Storm Stories" as well as the advances in meteorology since he's become a broadcaster, consequences of global warming, and what Southern California can look forward to.
For the full interview, listen here:
LAist: What kind of changes have you seen in the reporting of weather since you started as a broadcaster?
Jim Cantore: What we were to network TV back when the network started, we are now the equivalent of TV to cell phones and the internet. What can we add to the programming now to make it more interesting since you can get the weather off of your phone. Do you still need "Local on the 8s"? What can we do to make it better? The transition to HD has been huge though, we've seen a lot of interest just because of that technology.