Almost every morning, the first thing I do is check the computer models to see what's cooking in the tropics.
I love to swim a few laps early in the morning when the weather permits.
I like to eat breakfast outside every chance I get. My dog Hannah stays close by in hopes of getting some scraps of food.
No one told me how much labs love companionship and the water. Hannah thinks we built the pool for her.
And yes, I actually wash the dishes (on occasion).
Hannah likes it when I take her on a walk. The neighborhood kids love to pet her.
I love having palm trees in my back yard. But they need a little maintenance.
Palm fronds are constantly falling off the trees...
...which are cut up and stuck in the garbage bins. I'm glad the garbage bins are large.
After the yard work, I needed to relax a little and read the Times. This is the Apalachicola Times, not the New York Times.
Here I am recording a Tropical Update at home for Classical South Florida 89.7 FM.
I don't know why I'm looking in the mirror. I have worn a tie for so many years that I could tie my tie blindfolded.
I'm off on my 35-mile commute to Local 10.
The first thing I do upon arriving at the station is to check in with the producer and discuss today's tropical weather. Steve Owen, our assistant news director, was our producer today.
I bumped into reporter/anchor Todd Tongen and told him I didn't know how he managed to give his reports from the field in the hot sun while wearing a suit and tie and never show perspiration. The picture makes it look like I'm squeezing Todd's hand too tight.
Photographer/Editor Mario Hernandez shares some weather stories from a recent Boy Scout campout. It is a good thing scouts are always prepared.
On my way to update the Classical South Florida radio recording.
Promotion Manager Michael Parente of Creative Services and I head for the audio recording room.
These radio recordings have to be exactly 58 seconds long. My goal is to do no more than two takes to get it right.
But if I go a little long on the radio recording, Michael can do his magic and cut it back to exactly 58 seconds.
Mayte Padron and I chat about her current project. Mayte has done some of my favorite stories.
I'm checking in with our news director to update him on the current threat in the tropics to South Florida.
Kerry Weston, assignment desk planner, briefs me on the date/time for our next Hurricane House Call.
Aliana Perez, weather producer, is creating some of her outstanding graphics used in the weather segment of the news.
Aliana is great at multitasking!
Trent Aric and I check out the latest computer model runs.
I'm getting ready to start writing
If someone had told me five years ago that I would be putting on makeup and doing the evening weather on TV, I would have said they were crazy.
Trent and I talk about the different possible scenarios on the weather set.
Here I am on what we call "Max's set" talking to the camera.
One of the fun things I get to do is use a telestrator while discussing the weather. John Madden doesn't have anything on me :)
Trent and I are giving Calvin and Laurie a briefing on the tropics just before a newscast. I'm extremely honored to work with this outstanding team of journalists.