Not So Average Weatherman
Being accurate is a pressure that weather forecaster from all over face. Not all can do it without tools such as radar, satellite and forecast models, but local weather forecaster Christopher Mattox does it everyday.
"Come back here into my little office. There you will see, my weather radio on this box," said Mattox.
It's 15 minutes to showtime and Mattox, weatherman for Love 103.7 is putting the finishing touches on his evening forecast.
"Weather radios are important to have," said Mattox.
This is true, but for the average forecaster, a weather radio is not usually part of the forecasting inventory. But Mattox is not the average forecaster and like the rest, has loved weather since he was a kid.
"Every time we have storms everybody is asking me what are we going to see," said Mattox.
But Mattox can't see, he's been blind since birth. In his line of work, a lot of computer models come into play so he uses a computer program called "JAWS" or Job Access With Speech. The program reads out any message Mattox receives on his computer and allows him to communicate with other weathermen in weather chat rooms.
"This allows me to go over these new products that the weather service puts out," said Mattox.
It allows him to keep up with the competition.
"People ask me 'Do I follow the television station?' The answer to that question is no," said Mattox. "I don't have time to follow what goes on on TV because I'm doing my own thing."
A statement Mattox would have to prove. After a temporary forecasting position at Power 107, he began searching for something permanent and would get in touch with Big George, DJ at 103.7 and was immediately put to the test.
"He said I want you to give out the temperature and all that stuff," said Mattox.
And the rest is history. Mattox said at first it took a little getting used to, but now it's second nature.
"I'm just like everybody else. I'm a regular old weatherman, I just like doing my job."
In the process, he's learned a valuable life lesson.
"Do not, what so ever, let anyone tell you you can't do it," said Mattox. "Because if they're telling you you can't do it, they're not doing it themselves."
Mattox delivers his forecast weekdays six times per day on the twenties between 5:20 and 7:20 in the morning and between 4:20 and 6:20 in the evening.