“I Get Massive Amounts Of Hate Mail!:” A TDQ Q&A With Meteorologist Rebecca Barry

Rebecca Barry at Her Desk

Meteorologist Rebecca Barry takes a break from the science of meteorology and reading hate mail from viewers that don't appreciate the complexities of atmospheric physics to read The Daily Quarterly.

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
interview….

TDQ: How excited were you that The Daily Quarterly asked you for an
interview?

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
success…. :-)

Rebecca Barry and the Rockettes

Despite claims from irate viewers Rebecca Barry is very petite: Only two thirds of a Rockette in size.

Part 2 of our TDQ Q&A with Rebecca Barry will run next Friday

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30 thoughts on ““I Get Massive Amounts Of Hate Mail!:” A TDQ Q&A With Meteorologist Rebecca Barry

  1. Rebecca Barry is the best thing to happen to Channel 4 since…well since its inception. Seriously, she is the most enjoyable thing about watching the weather report. Until she started doing the weather I didn’t even know that they had a segment on television that discussed clouds and rainfall and stuff. What will they think off next..discussing stock market and crimes and things that go on in the nation maybe? Well if they get Rebecca to preach it-I will watch it!!

  2. I definitely don’t think Rebecca Barry is fat as stated in the comments above, or that her wardrobe is horrible, (although it’s a little risque and inappropriate many days); but she does act too silly and giggly on the air, especially on the weekends when she’s co-anchoring with Jason. She needs a little more professionalism.

      • Rebecca is a very knowledgeable, sweet, and absolutely gorgeous weather reporter. If allowed to ad lib more she’d be even better. Something tells me with her personality she could be the life of a party.

  3. So glad that as editor-in-chief I don’t need to say how professional or well-dressed or informative or delightful I find Ms. Barry. Thank you all for your comments. You are now informed. Go and do likewise.

  4. Rebecca is great in every way!!! She is very professional and has a very good, great personality. I enjoy watching the weekend news and would like to see her on it more. Great job Rebecca and you dress very good.

  5. Rebecca, can’t see why anyone would send you hate mail. You tickle my heart every time I see you doing the weather.

  6. I think Rebecca is great, as is the rest of the team at channel 4. And fat?? That is ridiculous…I think she is very attractive, classy, and fun. What surprises me the most is I do not see a ring on her finger…I wish I could meet a lady of her caliber! Keep up the positive attitude Rebecca…you’ll make some guy very luck someday!! =:0)

  7. Hey Rebecca like the job your doing love the way you dress you have style & class love your smile and your cheeks from Alex

  8. I think Rebecca does an outstanding job. As for all of the indecent comments made as in not being professional, her attire on air, giggly, I don’t see it. She seems to enjoy her job and appears to be a great person. Keep up the good work!!!

  9. I think that ur doing a fantastic job, ur presentation is professional, u speak with such clearity and accuracy!
    Just tha way u glide across the tv screen gets ur attention n make u want 2 c even more. Just 2 let u know I love tha way u dress, ur dress robe is banging baby girl!

  10. Hi Rebecca,
    I want to echo all of the previous positive comments about you, as well as some of my own. You really make watching the weather fun, as I have a tendency to learn something new about the weather every single time I listen to you.
    Let me lay to rest all of the ridiculous comments about you being giggly, non-professional and fat?
    Giggly? – What is exactly is wrong about you actually seeming to enjoy your job as that is priceless.
    Non professional? – I find you to be on of the most professional weather forecaters on the air, and when I am involved in an outdoor activity I want to see your forecast first as I find it to be the most accurate.
    Fat? – Wow, where does that come from? You dress very classy, with a great and petite figure that just highlights how very pretty you are!
    Best wishes to you, and I hope that Jacksonville is lucky enough to keep your skills for a very long time!

  11. As a 45 year professional pilot, a former FSS weather observer/briefer I understand all tv/radio weather persons are not creating their own reports. It all basically comes from one major source. Your function is to present it as a combination of facts, and in an entertaining mannerYou do both beautifully. Your wardrobe has always been tasteful. Your smile is beautiful.
    Keep up the great work.

    Don C

  12. Rebecca, to tell you the truth, you are the best weather reporter on 4. I always enjoy getting the weather from you because there is no fooling around like Richard does and spends half the time trying to get the map to work. You tell more weather in your short segment than the other guys do and you explain it so well. I hope you stay on but I know you are a very good weather reporter and could do the weather at a major network. Hope t o see you on soon.

    Billy

  13. Wow, some of these comments are rude, but some are nice also. Thats what our world is made up of? You do a great job and look just great on tv.Anyone who sits around cutting down people who work hard and have to be prepared and accountable do need medication n a pet. These critics who hide behind there computers only make us all stronger. Love watching u keep up the great work!!

  14. I remember waking up to Rebecca and the rest of the Channel 4 morning team while at FLETC back in 2010. Not to sound like a creeper or come across as corny but she’s “dreamy”. (As a straight guy, I use that word quite sparingly I’ll have you know :) Lol) She’s a beautiful young lady and always has a twinkle in her eye. Keep up the great work Rebecca. Wish we had your kind of talent closer to home!

  15. Um whoever said her wardrobe is “inappropriate,”please explain. WJXT isn’t a church full of prudes; it’s a secular TV station.

  16. Rebecca, in my opinion you are by far the best weather person on Ch. 4. I look forward to the weekends so I can watch you. I wish you were on more often. When I see you fill in during the week for someone I always find that to be a special treat. John Gaunn is just a little to cocky for me and the dude in the mornings is just silly. Plus you are nice to look at too. My wife gets amused at my adoration of your good looks. Anyway, keep up the good work! I hope you soon get a promotion!

  17. Rebecca, my wife says thanks for making the ladies look good when you do the weather. You are professional and personal which connects you with your viewers. I feel confident and prepared for the weather of the day with your forecast, Thanks for bringing the sunshine with your smile and confidence , even on a rainy day.

  18. OMG They must be idiots. Rebecca informs us as well as any of the weather gurus. She is beautiful, and I am glad to see a woman who doesn’t feel the need to enhance her figure artificially. Fat ???? are they kidding?

  19. I just want to let you know how much I appreciate Rebecca and her weather report. She just makes the weather interesting and she presents herself so beautifully. I have watched channel 4 for 32 years and just felt like letting you know that the lineup and content are the best. We appreciate all you do and the professional way you do it. Keep up the good work!

  20. I like Rebecca as a weather reporter. I just don’t like it when she keeps repeating “as far as what you can expect” sometimes its to much, I feel like I’m. watching the same weather report every time she comes on. There was one time she said expect 9 times in one weather report. And I wish she would do some national weather in her forecast report. Thanks!

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