Getting to Know Your New Weatherman

Who's this guy giving you the forecast on the evening news? Meteorologist Shane Smith shares a little about his past and the future of the WYMT weather blog.

 So you may have been asking yourself, what's going to happen to the WYMT weather blog?  Who is this new weather guy on WYMT?  I hope this blog post answers a few of your questions and also gives you an idea of what to expect in the forecast.

My name is Shane Smith, I'm the weekend meteorologist and a producer for WYMT.  As our weather team is in a transition phase, I've been covering the evening weather shifts, in addition to half the weekend.  I've been with WYMT now for almost 8 months, although this isn't my first time with WYMT.  I actually interned under Jim Caldwell and Brandon Robinson back in the summer of 2007 as I was getting ready for my senior year at Western Kentucky University.  This also isn't my first stop in the TV business.  I worked in Oak Hill, West Virginia for WOAY-TV from 2008 until January of this year.  I started as their weekend meteorologist, but left as the chief meteorologist.

If you has asked anyone that has known me for any length of time, they will tell you I have always wanted to be a meteorologist.  As I was growing up in Corbin and London I would dream about being on the TV and giving the weather forecast.  I even gave weather reports growing up at Hunter Hills Elementary and South Laurel High School.  So to come back to the area I grew up in is a dream come true.  I'm truly honored and humbled by the ability to serve you each day with a weather forecast.  

So that's a little about me, and I'm sure you'll learn more about me in future blog posts.  But now as to what's happening with the blog?  Well while we continue this transition phase, Brandon and I are both going to be providing updates here.  I hope this eventually becomes a daily stop for you in part of your routine, if you're looking for a more behind the scenes look at the forecast.


On to the forecast, the area of high pressure which has been bringing us the nice weather over the last few days is weakening.  This weakness is going to allow our winds to start coming in from the northwest over the next couple of days.  A northwesterly wind can sometimes lead to the development of showers and thunderstorms, but is not always a surefire guarantee.  Any storms that do fire up tomorrow have the potential to be on the strong side.  

We will see that storm chance tomorrow and Thursday, but the weekend will be mainly sunny.  Yes there is a chance of pop up storms, but they should be very hit or miss in nature.  The heat will be up, but not unbearable.  We will see highs in the mid to upper 80s through Labor Day with humidity levels also staying high.  

Keep checking back with the blog as we get things underway once again.

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