Full Snow Jacket
Summary: Freezing temperatures "surprisingly" take Pittsburghers by surprise! Reporter: Ralph Iannotti, KDKA Channel 2 Airtime: 2 minutes, 12 seconds on Nov. 21 Visuals: * A typically corny over-the-anchor's-shoulder graphic of a thermometer with icicles hanging from it, with the phrase "Frigid Friday." * The nearly bald Iannotti braving it on the North Side without a hat! (Ralph, have you met Dee Thompson?) Highlights: * When anchor Ken Rice introduces the piece: "Winter, of course, hasn't even officially started yet, but there are quite a few people who seem to already be tired of it." * When Iannotti delves deep, "Well Ken, it hasn't been this cold since last March, and that's probably one of the reasons why it's taking a little while to get used to this bout of frigid air." * When a young male voice comments, as we're shown film of people sloshing about: "I'm used to having like a sweater, but now I need a full jacket." * When Iannotti reports, "It's the coldest weather of the season so far. And it's left a lot of Pittsburghers shivering." * When an old-timer guy remarks, "It's a little bit too cold yet. 'N at. I wish that warm weather would get back here. I'd rather have that warm weather instead of this cold weather." * When Iannotti describes this fateful plight Mother Nature has bestowed upon us: "Pittsburgh temperatures have been struggling to climb above freezing all week, and ... that means slippery roads, slow going and tricky driving -- and a familiar sight: those salt trucks trying to make it a little easier to get around." * When Iannotti adds, "No cold-weather records have been broken by the current cold snap, and we're not in a deep freeze. But with Pittsburghers all bundled up, it's beginning to look and feel a lot more like Christmas than the week before Thanksgiving." * When Iannotti cautions us: "The cold weather is likely to continue at least for another full day or so, and then things are expected to moderate and temperatures should return to more seasonable levels. In the meantime, the cold notwithstanding, things could be worse." * When a bubbly Wilkinsburg woman advises, "Look at Cleveland," and then lets out a guttural laugh. "It skips us, so I think we're blessed over here. See, I can pretty much deal with the cold, put on the extra clothes and bundle up and get from point A to point B in a hurry." * When Iannotti closes, "And chief meteorologist Jeff Verszyla tells me that the normal highs this time of year [are in] the low to mid-40s. The best way to stay warm? Wear multiple layers of clothing." What We Learned: Many Pittsburghers would prefer to be warm, rather than cold. Unanswered Question: What would local news do without Mother Nature? News Value: 1. A Pittsburgher who can "deal with the cold"? Clearly this woman needs to watch more local TV news.