This week’s early-season nor’easter gave TV weather reporters another chance to put on the Mackintoshes and body suits that barely had time to dry after Hurricane Sandy. That’s not to say they were eager to see potentially dangerous storms hit the region. But one suspects that, like college students with their flip-flops, TV storm watchers are constantly awaiting opportunities to don their favorite gear.
After all, a weather correspondent serves as a human testament to the inclement weather, leaning into the wind and rain and gesturing out toward angry waves thrashing the shore or toward trees bent by the wind. Every windblown reporter worthy of his or her Mack knows to have this ominous line at the ready: “Here in [name your seaside town], residents are bracing for the worst. Back to you [insert anchor’s name].”