Wow I when the WWL-TV forum was up just 8 years old lol
I've got you beat. I had just made 7. In fact, I spent my 7th birthday, Friday September 2, 2005 glued to a tv in my uncle's home in Opelousas, watching CNN and the Weather Channel trying to get info about the Slidell and Pearl River area. The 2005 hurricane season is what cemented my passion for learning about weather and the amazing things it could do.
I feel like I’ve watched Zack grow up, lol! I followed WWWL until the (very) bitter end. When I packed up for Katrina, my husband came home and was confused about why I wanted to leave. We watched a certain channel the night before and the person (who I won’t name, but most know who) said “this thing is t coming here.” We ended up at N. Toledo Bend State Park. We used the ranger station’s desktop to get updates. No cell phone service where we were, we had to drive about 5 miles. We moved south to Lake Charles and I would take my laptop to McDonalds to jump on the forum and get updates. I was so thankful to have everyone’s knowledge then. This is my go-to now. Thank you ALL for what you do. And I’ve never had squirt cheese during a hurricane 😆
"You can lead a man to Congress, but you can't make him think." ~ Milton Berle
Hello forum users, especially the veterans. This is Tom Planchet. I am the digital director at WWL-TV and was the digital director when the WWL forum was the predecessor to the current Storm Cast.
Back in the day - I think we were a Belo affiliate then - the forums were started and they really got a kick start when Brad Panovich, then a WWL-TV meteorologist and now a weather god in Charlotte at WCNC, began actively replying to inquiries on the forums. This made a huge difference compared to our other forums - sports, news, etc., which did not have a WWL on-air person's presence. I don't know if the forums started in 2001, 02, 03 or 04, but Brad made them what they were and in those days we had plenty of threats - I remember Lilli and Isidore and Ivan, etc.
When Brad left, David Bernard picked up the mantle and continue to participate and kept the forums valuable with his expert information AND active participation. Now he is a weather star here in New Orleans after brief stays in Miami and with CBS.
After David left, John Gumm began responding actively. Katrina hit and my 'staff' - me and one other dude - were all that we had to handle all of the news, streams, forums, etc...
John - now a weather star in Cincinnati - did a fantastic job both before and during Katrina, even though his wife was pregnant and due to deliver at any moment. At some point after Katrina, or as it was bearing down, John, I believe, got an escort by law enforcement to meet with his wife, who was, I believe I'm correct, in active labor.
Our forums after Katrina began an emphasis on two categories - 'Looking for someone' and 'I'm okay' with the idea that people could find out if their loved ones were doing okay.
We had about five moderators back then, I don't remember them all, but Zach was one, as was Mr. Jamie
I was in Baton Rouge trying to piece our coverage together. My corporate bosses - and a tremendous person named Kelly Nitcshe, helped me get those forums up to reunite people and Mr. Jamie helped moderate as I was trying to coordinate our live streams and do a Katrina blog featuring minute-by-minute updates that continued up and through Hurricane Rita.
I do not know the reason that John did not return to Channel 4 (above my pay grade), but, he left and we were down to just Carl as a sole meteorologist. We hired a part timer (Dawn Brown) and I believe she tried on the forums for a bit.
Forums, for the most part, went away on most web sites, and, without a meteorologist available to pick up the slack, they couldn't really be maintained with the kind of information this group is entitled to get.
Zach began his own forum with John Gumm, but, John was no longer on the Gulf Coast and was not an active participant for long.
Zach, of course, has fulfilled his destiny to become a meteorologist in New Orleans. Prior to moderating with us, he apparently was a long time phone buddy and sometime visitor to Channel 4 with Carl Arredondo.
While I usually don't post here - because I have NO meteorological knowledge - I visit here every time there is a storm in the Gulf because I realize someone will always post the models and there will be informed opinion.
This group exists because of the work of Brad, David, John, Zack and the contributors like SkySummit, Hrapmann, Mr. Jamie and other names I recognize.
Hail to this group. I hope this provides some 'back story' to the WWL days.
Post by grisairgasm on Jul 24, 2021 14:58:59 GMT -6
To me, this forum ranks up there with family, healthcare, AC, food and a good working toilet! I lurked for a few years before I started posting. I’m sure a few people want me to go back there lol! When all is said and done, this place is where I get my weather from. I don’t know how many years now but it became the primary source within the first month. It’s a daily ritual.
Hello all - been around since the WWL boards, remember when Zack was in high school, had a crush on David Bernard and was sad when he left , glad when he came back, and just generally lurked a lot over the years. Like you all, hoping for a boring season, even if logging on to read the latest when we are threatened does get my adrenaline going.
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Post by thibodauxwx on Jul 31, 2021 12:53:57 GMT -6
I was one on the WWL forum back in the day, and yes we watched Zack, grow up, into a great Met now on our local TV station, I stayed up all night glued to that Forum, when Cindy, Katrina and Rita plowed through the area, it took a while for me to find the guys once the WWL forum closed, but I have been here a long time. I believe in these guys, always good information. the best weather forum around.
Post by shelly70461 on Aug 2, 2021 10:14:28 GMT -6
My sis and I left the Saints game early the Friday night before that K storm so we could go back to her office to check the WWL forum and spaghetti models. When WX was created we both joined and have been around ever since. The fun thing about belonging is the occasional lively discussions, string cheese recipes, learning every time I come in here and watching Zack and Dylan grow up to be the awesome mets that they are today. I've made some awesome friends here and truthfully when a blob appears on the map, I come here first, telling my husband, "I'm going to see what the boys are saying about this one."