Anyone who’s ever seen a local news broadcast during a winter weather event knows the drill – an indoor weatherman showing you the radar, at least a live reporter from a vehicle talking about road conditions and a reporter (or more) on the street, telling you how cold it is at their location and advising you, the viewer, to stay home.
But an intrepid sportswriter stuck on the winter weather watch in Waterloo, Iowa, decided to throw a little snark with his outdoor updates.
NBC affiliate KWWL’s Mark Woodley made several hilarious jokes throughout the hour-long morning show he was assigned to help on Dec. 22. After (finally) wrapping up his live hits, Woodley decided to put together a supercut of his most devious moments throughout the day. .
“That’s what you get when you ask the sportsman to come and cover a blizzard on the morning show,” he said. captioned the post.
“I normally do sports, uh, everything’s canceled here for the next two days, so what better time to ask the sportsman to come around five hours earlier than he would normally wake up and stand out in the wind and snow and the cold and telling others not to do the same thing,” he jokes at one point in the video. “I didn’t even realize there was a 3:30 am (show) in the morning as well until today.”
At another point, he jokes that he would have liked to be inside a car to give updates on road conditions.
“This thing is heated,” he said. “The exterior is currently, uh, unheated.”
Immediately, his hilarious winter weather reports went viral and, at press time, had nearly 20,000 likes on Twitter.
Woodley, who is originally from Iowa and very accustomed to winter, tells TODAY.com he can’t believe that’s what he’s famous for on the internet.
“Of all the things I thought I was known for in my life, the grumpy old weather reporter wasn’t on the list,” he laughed to TODAY.com.
He explains that, like many businesses, KWWL has been understaffed lately. Woodley was drafted in Tuesday to help the Thursday morning show crew after most sporting events were canceled due to weather.
“Nobody told me what I was doing,” he says TODAY. “Now I thought maybe I’d be in the studio or in the car or something – not outside when the temperature drops to minus 40 with the wind chill!”
He says some people online questioned the station for putting him outside in the cold, but explains he was only ’30 feet from the door of the building’ and only outside. outdoors for about six minutes at a time.
“I was in for 10 minutes, I was out for 6 minutes,” he says. “So I mean, I had a warm place pretty close to where I was.”
Woodley says he was live 14 times in three and a half hours and the supercut video was taken from all of those hits. He notes that they take the storm “very seriously” but that he has “always been kind of a sarcastic person”.
“You know, it’s kind of my personality and I guess it showed,” he laughs. “But I am shocked by what has happened in the past few hours.”
His tweet was seen by people around the world and retweeted by the likes of Judd Apatow – who called Woodley a “legend” – as well as sports commentator Rich Eisen and sports personality Rex Chapman.
Woodley says he’ll be back to his usual evening schedule and sports coverage soon enough, but will be – like more than 100 million others across the United States – stuck in the freezing weather until the winter storm passes.
The powerful storm is bringing heavy snow, high winds and dangerously cold temperatures to the central United States and disrupting holiday travel across the country. Thursday evening, thousands of flights have already been canceled.
The weather event is expected to become a bomb cyclone on Friday with conditions expected to worsen for the rest of the week.
As for Woodley, he jokes that despite being born and raised in the Midwest, “every year at this time of year we’re like, ‘Man, why do we live here? And then next year, we’re still here.”
“I spent 46 years in weather conditions where the air hurts your face. So I don’t know if I’m the smartest person but I’m still here,” he laughs.