Forum staff reports, Published February 08 2013
'Weather Kid' invited to appear on 'Today' show
The clip of William Hallman’s animated weather forecast during the 5 p.m. newscast Thursday has drawn more than 46,000 views on YouTube and more than 8,100 have liked the clip on the station’s Facebook page.
Valley News Live Chief Meteorologist Hutch Johnson said he received calls from producers of the “Today” show and “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” asking to connect with Hallman.
Johnson said he could not yet confirm if Hallman, a student at Robert Asp Elementary in Moorhead, would appear on either show.
“My take on the whole thing is that it’s outstanding for him,” Johnson said. “He came in and had a lot of fun. It was awesome to see someone who enjoyed the weather so much go on and do well.”
After saying, “Hello” to his teacher and “other classmates,” Hallman gesticulated his way through a nearly 5-minute weather forecast.
As a Scheels Weather Kid – a weekly segment on the newscast – area students are invited to the show to meet Johnson and the news team, learn about meteorology and deliver a forecast with Johnson, an 18 year veteran meteorologist.
While Johnson admits that some students are more comfortable in front of the cameras than others, the staff had an idea what they were in for when they met Hallman.
“He soaked every moment in. From the second the door opened and he came in, we could tell he was excited,” Johnson said.
Hallman and his parents could not be reached for comment Friday night.
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