In the world of local TV, we are responsible for bringing the news, weather, & sports to you. Due to damage at our tower site we were off the air during the worst parts of this storm. Right here at WYMT-TV we also expereinced power outages. Our brave team came together, not knowing if what they covered would even make it into one of our "electric" powered editors. They shot the video and got their ideas ready on how to tell each individual story. Every person's story is different, they might sound or even look similar... but every story is different.
The power came back on here at the studios sometime Saturday afternoon. Around the tower site there were several more issues that kept us from airing the news as normal. So that meant that the weekend's storm prevented us from broadcasting in the traditional way. That's where you, the viewer, sits down in front of the TV to watch the news. We didn't have that option! The only thing we had was the power of the internet. When used correctly, it is more than billions of pages of data, social networks, shopping sites, hilarious videos, or receipes for the holidays. It became our voice! The only way we could share information with you was through the world wide web. That's when the call was made to do a web nly newscast. This didn't bother any of the young talented people we have working here. The point here was to get the info out there using the only voice we had. No one on our team flinched and tried to get the best product out as possible.
The 6pm webcast rolled around and we treated it just like 50 million people were watching. That's our responsibility! Keeping you informed is what drives this station. No matter if it is the web or the tv. I think at that point we would have put a puppet show on out in forn of the station to get the message out. The determination of this entire staff made me proud to be a part of this mountain family!
To all of you that are just getting back online with power & internet and you are reading this... God Bless You and Merry Christmas!
That was just a personal message I had to get off my chest... Now for forecast fun!
As many of you know, I love snow! After dealing with this heavy wet snow and all of the negatives that go with it... I am ready for some warmer weather. That is actually something we might see leading up to Christmas. I am not even sure if you want that White Christmas now...lol... I know I don't! Those chances might just miss us and spread into the weekend. Before we get into all of that... let's cover this past storm.
(Image courtesy: NWS Jackson)
The rain/snow mix cut back on some of the totals. Even with that factored into the equation we still had one heck of a snow storm! The impact was much higher than I think anyone anticipated. We knew that power outages would be an issue since it was one of those heavy wet snows. I had no idea that we would see what we are seeing out there right now. All of the power crews are doing there best and a big hats off to them!
Through the end of the week it looks like temps will get some help from the Gulf Of Mexico. Temps will get out of this cold range that they are in now! Before you know it we'll see highs back in the 40s or close to 50.
GFS Early Saturday AM GFS Sat AM
The change over for snow is later than earlier runs were showing. So the probability of snow falling on Christmas is going down! The only hope now is having some snow laeft over from the weekend's storm!