Tom Wills' retirement after 40 years was well celebrated on WAVE 3 Sunrise and WAVE 3 Listens this morning. Well wishes from both current and past WAVE staff ranged from sincere to downright hilarious, but all were in good taste. Tom judged my seventh grade science fair project at the Louisville Regional Science Fair in 2004, and I must say that he was very kind to all of the participants. (For those wondering, my project on the Doppler effect didn't win that year. Next year's project on floppy disk data loss due to electromagnetism did win 3rd place though.)
WAVE introduced Tom's replacement this morning, Christie Dutton from Lexington, Kentucky. She's worked in Hopkinsville, Lexington, and Cincinnati, so she's no stranger to the region. Her last meteorology position was with WXIX Fox 19 in Cincinnati, and you can read her bio here. She starts broadcasting next week after some training. The thing that intrigues me most is where her broadcast meteorology certificate came from: Mississippi State University! I certainly wish her well and hope we continue getting more MSU meteorologists in Louisville in the future!
Memphis had quite a few problems with severe weather yesterday, including an EF1 tornado that damaged numerous homes and businesses just east of town. 12,000 MLGW customers lost power just after the storm as well.
[WMC 5 Memphis]