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Charly Haley, Published February 09 2013

Mom: Tornado warning sparked Weather Kid’s interest in forecast

MOORHEAD – The “Weather Kid” from Moorhead whose appearance on KVLY has more than 70,000 views on YouTube first got interested in weather because of a tornado warning in May 2011.

“Ever since then, he’s been watching the weather,” said his mother, Sally Hallman.

Nine-year-old William Hallman will soon be packing his suitcase for a trip to New York City. William – who was launched into stardom by enthusiastically co-hosting Valley News Live’s weather forecast Thursday – has been invited to appear on the “Today” show and do the weather with Al Roker, though a date hasn’t been nailed down just yet.

William’s mother said Roker wanted her son on the show this week, but William is busy with TV spots on Valley News Live. He’ll be interviewed on Valley News Live on Monday, she said, and will co-host the weather again Thursday.

“We promised (Valley News Live) we’d go to them first,” Sally Hallman said.

“We’re trying to figure out a different time,” for the “Today” show, she said.

William has also been contacted by “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”

Hallman said a representative from “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” interviewed her son over the phone Friday night, but he hasn’t officially been invited to appear on the show.

“We’re not sure with Ellen, but Al Roker is definitely interested in having the little guy there,” Hallman said.

She’s a bit overwhelmed with the attention her son has received, but she’s proud of him.

“He’s very smart. He likes to talk a lot. He’s not shy,” she said.

“I just don’t want him to get too big of a head, you know?” she joked.

Hallman said her son is very good at math and likes numbers. Along with keeping tabs on the weather, William also enjoys watching the History Channel and National Geographic, his mother said.

“He loves learning,” she said.

The family is excited for when they do make it to New York, Hallman said.

“I’ve never been to New York,” she said. “And Al Roker’s a really funny guy, so we’ll have a lot of fun for sure.”

William was not available for comment Saturday because he was spending the day at Cub Scout camp.

William appeared on Valley News Live as part of its Scheels Weather Kid segment, in which area students are invited to meet the news team, learn about meteorology and co-host the weather with Chief Meteorologist Hutch Johnson.

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