On the 59th Anniversary of Hurricane Hazel’s destructive path through Goldsboro, approximately fifty distinguished Wayne County men, and one female news director, gathered at the Herman Park Center for the Golden K Kiwanis meeting Tuesday morning. The crowd waited anxiously for the guest speaker who many rely on every day.
Greg Fishel, Chief Meteorologist for WRALTV in Raleigh, spent an hour telling jokes, tossing around puns and giving everyone in attendance the opportunity to ask a question, share a story or simply to shake his hand.
The first certified broadcast meteorologist in the United States, Fishel has been with Channel 5 since the early 80’s and acknowledges that he teaches the weather rather than simply reporting it. He told the attentive crowd that weather had a big effect on his emotions when he was growing up, as he was actually very fearful of bad weather. He obviously outgrew that issue, but admitted his love for snow never wavered.
Mr. Fishel said this hurricane season was a colossal disaster, in a very good way. And he used that as an example of his annoyance over weather officials leading people to believe their forecasts are exact, or simply failing to say, ‘I was wrong.’ He also touched on more worldly topics of politics and global warming, prompting a lively question and answer session to end the meeting.