Weatherman's computer goes down, he goes old school

We've all become used to weathermen standing in front of moving clouds and sophisticated maps. But a Tulsa weatherman decides to draw his own maps after a digital mix-up.

Your personal weather forecast. ABC News; screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

Some would have stormed out.

They would have called their agents and stammered that they couldn't possibly work under these conditions.

But not hardy weatherman Andrew Kozak. The sunny front man from Tulsa, Okla., quickly realized that computers are a mere crutch, there to make us believe we don't have to think or imagine.

As ABC News records it, Kozak was at first a little taken aback when KTUL-TV's weather computers malfunctioned.

How could he possibly stand in front of a pretty screen when it would show nothing but green?

So he did what perhaps few modern thinkers would have done: he drew his own weather maps.

He had the information, you see. He merely didn't have the slick form of presentation.

He told ABC News: "I had done all my forecasts and sat down to make the graphics and nothing worked. Every single graphic was blank."

Having scribbled as colorfully as he could, he held his little drawings up to the camera. And what pretty little things they were.

Instead of looking digital and corporate, the weather suddenly seemed personal. He even added some very personal drawings at the end to fully express his inner feelings.

But Kozak was worried his drawings -- which took him around 90 minutes to complete -- would get him a stiff talking to from his bosses.

Instead, as the Web shared his charming initiative, Kozak became something of a small-town hero.

Perhaps it would be an interesting branding maneuver for KTUL management to decide that its weather would be presented this way from now on.

It would save on computer time and would render Kozak's show truly unique.

Oh, of course they won't do it. The idea's too revolutionary.

 

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