Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Inauguration Day Storm of 2009

After hours of live coverage from News 14 Carolina, we can look back today to see the body of work that was compiled on Tuesday, January 20, 2009.

It all kicked off a little after 3 am as Lee Ringer brought you the first initial rains changing to snow for the viewing area. I met up with him around 5am and was ready to hit the air at 6 for what turned out to be a tag team event over the following 6 hours! Outside reports from Ilin Chen and Amy Davis only helped to bring the outstanding coverage to you at home. Not only did our coverage hit the Triangle, but viewers were watching updates along the Coast from our office as well.

Thank goodness Pati Darak came in to assist behind the scenes from 9am-11:30am as we were seeing snowfall reports climbing inch by inch in the Triangle! At 11:30am we shifted attention to the history making event that was not to be upstaged by Mother Nature- Barack Obama becoming the 44th President of the United States. After stepping out of Inauguration coverage we were back on the air as Pati took over updating viewers as the storm started to wrap up across Central North Carolina and continued to produce snow over the Coast.

I finally took off as Gary Stephenson arrived at 2pm. Pati and Gary saw this storm off the Coast and took viewers through the official totals along with what would be a tricky night ahead as icy spots developed across the region.

Thanks to all the viewers who took time to share your snow pictures. It made our coverage more accurate and timely. Your viewership is appreciated and we try each and everyday to bring you the best forecast as well as the best coverage during severe weather. Thanks again for watching and stay tuned, winter still has two months to go!

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