Most Chicagoans know the Windy City nickname is linked to blathering politicians and not the weather. But today, we had very windy weather in the Windy City making it tough to look composed while I reported outside the Willis Tower. Soon after my first live report at 6:30 this morning, a viewer commented on twitter, “I can see from your hair that it’s very windy outside. Don’t blow away!”
It’s tough to control the elements but our Fox Chicago crews do what they can to deal with them. Camerman Stuart Orlin (who’s camera shy) used sand bags to keep the light stand from blowing over. Then, he positioned me behind the live truck so it would block most of the wind. But that meant I had to stand on the light kit box since I was down on the street and Stuart was shooting from the sidewalk.
He couldn’t do anything about the gusts swirling around the skyscrapers. For me, that meant hair flying everywhere and many strands getting caught in my lip gloss.
The wind is nothing compared to the elements we’ll have to deal with in just a few more weeks.
Snow and sub-freezing temperatures are far tougher to work in. Many of us will be breaking out the parkas and serious winter gear soon.
As I messed with my messy hair, ABC7′s Charles Thomas stopped by the truck to say hello. Of course, he never has to worry about his hair blowing around.