The benefits of working from home these days are endless, and that’s certainly what pet parents like Jeff Lyons, chief weatherman at WFIE-TV, has realized, who was interrupted by his cat Betty while he was on the air.
Jeff discovered that Betty was looking for some love in the middle of his show last week, so he hugged her and continued presenting the weather.
Jeff managed to grab people’s attention not only with his predictions, but also by allowing his cat to join him on the show.
A meteorologist’s cat interrupts his broadcast
The video went viral with thousands of views and shares; Jeff and the rest of the team wanted to reward Betty with “the highest honor they can give in the weather department“, she now has her own chart which credits her as “Betty the weather cat”.
Due to the measures required by the COVID-19 pandemic and to comply with social distancing rules, Jeff has set up a recording studio in his dining room.
He told Bored Panda:
“Working from home has been an adventure. I have my studio and my green screen in the dining room. It’s nice to have a 30-second shuttle after breaking news”.
People love his appearances in weather reports. Since her first appearance on the show in early April, her fans have even been watching her news from Europe and Australia, when you’d think they weren’t there for the weather forecast.
“Betty was under the dining room table during a thunderstorm and the director asked to see her, so I held her in front of the camera. We were only supposed to present the weather for about 30 seconds, so I hugged her just for fun…”.
Betty’s appearance during the weather was all the rage.
Jeff then says:
“I spent 34 years on local television as a weatherman, so I’m used to being known in this area (Southern Indiana), but this was something that really blew my mind! “.
Then he told how Betty came into her family and said:
“Betty appeared in our window about 11 years ago. My daughter, who was 10 at the time, begged me to keep her. She had always had cats growing up, so it was easy to accept, plus I’m a sweetheart! »
Jeff explains as follows:
“My wife of 31 years and I have 3 children, Natalie 21, Justin 24 and Patrick 27. They are all home at the moment, having taken a break from college and jobs. We feel privileged to spend this time together and to pray for those affected by the virus. We live in hope, as we all do, that this will end soon.”
A beautiful and funny story indeed!