This week, TDQ had the pleasure of talking weather with Jacksonville’s Channel 4 meteorologist Rebecca Barry. Rebecca spoke to us about the dark side of meteorology, puts us in our place when we asked about her hero and tells us just how touchy the subject of snowfall in Florida can be.
Here is this week’s TDQ Q&A with meteorologist Rebecca Barry:
The Daily Quarterly: How did you hear about thedailyquarterly.com?
Rebecca Barry: Brian e-mailed me introducing himself and asking if I’d like to do this
TDQ: How excited were you that The Daily Quarterly asked you for an
Barry: On a scale of 1 to Jumping-On-Couches, I’m at a 7.3
TDQ: What made you want to be a meteorologist?
Barry: I have always known this is what I wanted to do, in 6th grade I came
in early to school to be on the Video Crew and do the morning
announcements- my Mother informed me that the people on the news were
paid to do that, they weren’t just meeting at the TV station after work
to do the news. From that moment forward I knew I wanted to be one of
those people. The meteorology part came a little later, in college.
TDQ: Who was your favorite meteorologist growing up?
Barry: George Winterling
TDQ: What was your favorite weather event growing up?
Barry: Hurricane Hugo, that was my first real grasp of the scope of a natural disaster. And
school was cancelled for a few days.
TDQ: What’s your favorite movie, weather-themed or otherwise?
Barry: My favorite movies are “The Sound Of Music,” “Drop Dead Gorgeous,” and “Anchorman.”
TDQ: What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?
Barry: If you are going to be dumb, you’ve gotta be tough.
TDQ: What’s the worst advice you’ve ever gotten?
Barry: He’s a GREAT guy! :-)
TDQ: What’s the worst thing somebody ever said to you after a weather forecast didn’t turn out like you thought it would?
Barry: That’s never happened. I’m always right….
Haaaa! Just kidding
I get massive amounts of hate mail! I’m copying and pasting a mean/funny one from “Tommy” after it rained on a Sunday I said we would only have coastal showers:
“I was just wondering……how can a highly reputable station such as Channel 4 hire you to give us the weather reports much less let you stay as long as you have? You are by far, the WORST weather person/girl I have ever seen. You look like an amateur trying to keep up with the reputation of George and John.
Give it up girl!! Your (sic) lousy!
And stop trying to be some sexy thing when your (sic) not. Your wardrobe needs some serious redoing. Your (sic) trying to look hot, but in all reality you look rather chunky on TV.
Lose some weight…..go back to school to learn how to give a good weather report……and go shopping for some decent clothes chick.
See Ya Fattie!!”
When I get an email like that, I feel like that person must be having
a really, really terrible day to spew that kind of negativity into a
time consuming e-mail, to someone they don’t know, who has zero effect on
their day, so I always send them a little thank you note and tell them I
hope they have a fantastic weekend. Which probably further annoys the
ever living heck out of them. Oooops! They always sound like they could
use a little positive energy. Or a hobby. Or a job. Or a remote.
Maybe a pet? Who knows, everyone isn’t cut out for happiness and
Part 2 of our TDQ Q&A with Rebecca Barry will run next Friday