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Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 09/14/2010

Interview with NBC4's Doug Kammerer

By Capital Weather Gang

NBC4 (WRC) chief meteorologist Doug Kammerer made his D.C. debut the week of August 26. As we noted in an earlier post, Kammerer takes the place of Bob Ryan at NBC4, who left the station for a position ABC7 (WJLA). The Capital Weather Gang emailed some questions to Kammerer - who has graciously replied...

Doug Kammerer. Source:

Capital Weather Gang (CWG): What are the main differences in the D.C. and Philly media markets and in the weather patterns?

Doug Kammerer (DK): Philly and DC are fairly similar markets when it comes to viewers and both see large numbers of people tuning in to local news. Weather is huge in Philadelphia and I think it is big in DC as well. When a storm hits, viewers want to know what they can expect. Whether it is a Nor'easter or a winter storm it affects everyone!

CWG: What do you most look forward to covering weather in D.C.?

DK: I look forward to covering the winters here. I love the winters in this area. Last winter was simply amazing as we saw storm after storm. I doubt we will ever see another winter like that one, but just give me one big storm a year and I will be happy. I love to forecast snow totals and I pride myself on getting them right.

Keep reading for the rest of the interview...

CWG: What's it like to not only take over for a legend but compete head-to-head?

DK: Bob Ryan is as big as they come in local weather. I grew up watching Bob and he is the reason I am doing what I am doing today. It has always been my dream to work at NBC4 and I am now living that dream. As far as going head to head, honestly, I have not thought about it. But now that you mention it, it is pretty amazing.

CWG: Do you have any special plans to change-up or re-work NBC4's weather coverage either on-air or online?

DK: As far as any changes go, the one thing I really want to do is bring the weather to the viewers. There are so many ways to get the weather today, whether it is on TV or the internet. Most people now rely on the internet, but most of the time you are getting your information from some computer somewhere. Yes, you can watch me on NBC4 and on, but I am also on Facebook.

I urge viewers to use that to ask me about the forecast. If a viewer has an event and they need a forecast, I will be more than happy to give them one personally. Don't trust a computer, trust your local meteorologist. We have also started web chats here at NBC4 with our weather team during storms or when a storm is approaching. People want the weather where they live. I may not be able to give them that during my three minute forecasts on television, but I can definitely give it to them one on one in a web chat or on Facebook. We just did a web chat with Hurricane Earl...

CWG: How do you see new media changing the nature of your job and that of your colleagues?

DK: The face of media is changing everyday. We have a much larger platform now with the internet than we ever did before. I think I answered this with [the previous] question as well.

CWG: Is it the role of broadcast meteorologists to cover climate change and other environmental issues that link to weather? Do you agree or disagree with recent scientific assessments that have concluded most of the recent warming observed globally is very likely due to human activities?

DK: I do think that it is our job to cover environmental issues including that of climate change when we can. I have tackled that myself and have even flown to Alaska to see how climate change is affecting the glaciers of that state.

There is really no debate that the earth is warming. That is plain to see. The debate is over the climate and human interaction. Do I think that humans have changed our climate? Most definitely, but to what degree, I still do not believe that we known for sure. I am glad the research continues though.

CWG: Having worked in the south and mid-Atlantic, what excites you more - a hurricane or winter storm? Do you enjoy the big snowstorms of last winter?

DK: The great thing about the mid-Atlantic is that you don't have to choose. We can have a hurricane, two Nor'easters and two winter storms all in the same year. There is always a big storm on the horizon here and I can't wait to forecast the next one.

CWG: Skiing or beach?

DK: Again, you do not have to choose here. You get both. I worked in Florida for four years and I could not stand the fact that there was really no change of seasons. I love each season here because just when you are about done with one, the next one is just around the corner. When you can't take the cold of winter anymore, spring is right around the corner and when the heat of the summer has just become too unbearable (like this summer) fall is just around the corner. The weather in this region just can't be beat.

CWG: Favorite beach/ski area to vacation at?

DK: I think my favorite place of all time is Ocean City, Maryland. I have such fond memories of growing up going to the beach. Hitting the Bay Bridge just has a way of making you feel like you're already there!

CWG: Favorite D.C. hang-out?

DK: That is yet to be determined, but I'm looking for a good spot.

CWG: Skins or Eagles?


By Capital Weather Gang  | September 14, 2010; 10:45 AM ET
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"CWG: Is it the role of broadcast meteorologists to cover climate change and other environmental issues that link to weather? Do you agree or disagree with recent scientific assessments that have concluded most of the recent warming observed globally is very likely due to human activities?"

Ah yes, the obligatory GW, sorry, climate change questions. I liked his answer.

Posted by: eric654 | September 14, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

As I recall, the last interview CWG had with a meteorologist new to the D.C. area was with Kim Martucci a few years ago when she began with Channel 9. The Gang failed to interview Devon Lucie when he replaced both Kim and Tony Pann earlier this year at 9.

As I recall there have also been one or two new hires at WTTG Fox 5 under Sue Palka in the past year or two. Most prominent has been the return of Tony Perkins to this area on Fox 5's early morning shift.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | September 14, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse


Thanks for the comment. I'll try to set up an interview with Devon Lucie at some point.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | September 14, 2010 1:19 PM | Report abuse

Not this summer but last summer, there were interns at Channel9. They had a webcam in the office. During severe weather, they would broadcast live on the webcam. Howard Bernstein would be in the office with them between live shots. I LOVED listening to him teach the interns about what was happening and how to work the map. I didn't come across anything like it again this summer but I would LOVE to see it again. I felt like i was back in school and I learned a lot!

Posted by: SPS1 | September 14, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

you should of asked him;
Do you worry that if you work here for years, become popular, become part of the community, become well known and trusted but also extremely well paid, you will be fired and replaced by someone younger who will work for a lot less?

Posted by: MarilynManson | September 14, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

I'm impressed so far with this guy but I think he needs to learn one thing.

When Earl was still far away, he showed the track moving north to Bermuda and missing the US completely. He sounded confident that would be the track, saying something like no problem for the East Coast. But when the system is that far out, you can't say the forecast is that certain.

Learning curve - ha, ha!

Posted by: jaybird926 | September 14, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

@Jaybird926, you saying an Earl-y bird didn't get the storm? I know, groan....

CWG, nice interview, but I'm sticking with Hill/Ryan. Channel 7 has assembled far and away the best OCM weather team in the 44 years I've lived in the D.C. area.

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | September 14, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

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