Imagine waking up only to find that you have gone viral on the Internet… Not for something bad or funny, but for doing your job well. Alan Sealls found himself in that exact position in the summer of 2017. The Atlantic hurricane season came back with a vengeance and will be remembered for names like Harvey, Irma, and Maria. For viewers in Mobile, Alabama and beyond, they had the benefit of the calming, intelligent and measured weathercasts of WKRG-TV Chief Meteorologist Alan Sealls. Alan has always been regarded as one of the best at his craft. He holds the AMS and NWA seals. He has served on the American Meteorological Society’s Executive Council. He has meteorology degrees from Cornell University and Florida State University, respectively. And oh by the way, he has 30 years of on-air experience and 10 Emmy Awards. By now you should be convinced… He’s good.
However, someone on Reddit took notice of one of his weathercasts during hurricane season and posted it. It went viral, and he was ultimately voted ’Best Weatherman Ever’ by Reddit users. Alan’s contributions go far beyond his weathercasts. He is making history as the first African-American to become President of the National Weather Association. His NWA peers elected him, and it is a well-deserved honor. Given his contributions to meteorology and the backdrop of Black History Month, it seemed a “no-brainer” to feature him on Weather Geeks. We discuss his viral fame, challenges with representation within the field, and even some of the weather faux pas that he hates. One of the terms that he despises is “piece of energy.” He will discuss why this and other terms should be put to rest.
It is always a pleasure to have a close friend and someone that you have the utmost respect for as a guest. We have a great time with this episode, and I think that you will too.
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