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Steve Teeling: WPXI, chief meteorologist

Sunday, February 09, 2003

Age: 40.

Birthplace: Paterson, N.J.

Years at WPXI: Almost 3.

Previous broadcasting experience: WVIT-TV, Hartford, Conn., mornings/-weekend meteorologist; WBFF-TV, Baltimore, chief meteorologist; and KPHO, Phoenix, chief meteorologist.

Steve Teeling

Weather training: Degree in earth science, with a concentration in meteorology from Southern Connecticut State University. Holds AMS seal.

Weather idol or model: None.

Were you a weather geek as a child? No, although I was always fascinated with weather.

How do you feel when you receive credit or blame for the weather? As long as I get credit when the weather is nice, I'll gladly take the blame when the weather is lousy.

Best weather call? I honestly don't keep track of hits and misses. You could go crazy if you kept looking back. If I miss a forecast, I'll look back and see why I missed it ... learn from it and then start working on the next forecast.

Biggest miss? See above.

Forecasting -- art or science? Mostly science, but some art is also involved. You have storms and highs and lows that behave in a very precise and definite way, following the laws of physics. The art of forecasting comes into play with how that storm will interact with Western Pennsylvania, knowing all the little local nuances of Pittsburgh.

If it's a science, how accurate should viewers expect you to be? They should definitely expect me to be accurate, what with all the technology that we have today. However, they should also understand that weather is not an exact science. It's fluid and always in motion, and conditions can and do change rather rapidly sometimes. But I do give it 110 percent each and every day!

Vacation ruined by weather, blame? I've been rather lucky, only one vacation I can recall where we had a lot of rain, while vacationing at Cape Cod, Mass. And no, I did not blame anyone, although my family did -- me.

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