Monday, June 30, 2014

July Update

I think the saying of 'be careful what you wish for' is appropriate this time of year in select areas across the country. We were all begging for the heat during that brutal winter and June certainly brought its fair share of heat and humidity.

However, you won't find me complaining about it. I'd take the heat over the cold any day of the week and twice on Sundays. I've been playing a lot of tennis so far this summer and I put together a story for The Weather Network on what tennis court surface is best for battling active weather.



Here's my July schedule. Of course, depending on what area of the country you live in, you may not be able to see me at these times as TWN runs five different feeds: British Columbia, Alberta, GTA, Atlantic and National (all times are ET).

July 1 - 6 a.m. to 12 p.m.

July 2 - 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

July 5 and 6 - 12 p.m. to 5p.m.

July 7 and 8 - 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.

July 12 and 13 - 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

July 14 and 15 - 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.

July 19 and 20 - 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

July 21 and 22 - 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.

July 26 and 27 - 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

July 28 and 29 - 7 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

June Update plus Sports Clips

It's hard to believe that it's June already (but great to finally see some warm weather!). May just flew by for me, but it was a very hectic month.

My duties at The Weather Network, coupled with my freelance work for CrossFit at the Canada West Regional, plus a quick 10-day sojourn to Europe to visit my best friend, led to a crazy month that saw me only have one day off (where I could sit and do nothing) throughout the entire month.

June is going to be very busy at The Weather Network as well. I'll get to my schedule in just a second, but first, I put together a quick sports video that contains some of my CrossFit clips as well as sports-related clips from my segments at The Weather Network, plus one blast from the past.



Here's my June schedule. Of course, depending on what area of the country you live in, you may not be able to see me at these times as TWN runs five different feeds: British Columbia, Alberta, GTA, Atlantic and National (all times are ET).

June 6 - 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

June 7 - 6:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

June 8 - 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

June 9 and 10 - 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

June 13 - 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

June 14 and 15 - 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

June 16 and 17 - 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

June 21 and 22 - 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

June 23 and 24 - 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

June 25 - 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

June 28 and 29 - 6 a.m. to 12 p.m.

June 30 - 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

For more information on my field reporting for The Weather Network be sure to follow me on Twitter @MikeGArsenault for updates.

Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Emergency Preparedness Week Stories

My new role as the field reporter for The Weather Network's national morning show includes live segments, but it also has me putting together stories as well.

The first week of May was Emergency Preparedness Week and I completed two stories as my contribution to our EPW coverage. The story embedded below is a tale of lightning survival.



The second story is about flood prevention and can be found under the Weekly Videos tab.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

May Update - Throwing CrossFit into the Fray

The Weather Network

April was a busy month for me and May looks like it's going to be even busier.

The middle of April saw the beginning of the new Southern Ontario bureau on The Weather Network's national morning show. The first show saw me reporting from my hometown of Oshawa where I took a walk down the memory lane of my baseball career and I also had a chance to interview the Mayor.

Other cities I visited during the month of April were Woodstock, Port Perry, Orillia, Fergus (where I tried fly fishing for the first time), and Niagara-on-the-Lake.

You can catch me every Monday and Tuesday morning on the national morning show from 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ET.

My in-studio weekend schedule has also changed slightly (again). After this weekend, you'll be able to see me from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday afternoons across all five of The Weather Network's feeds.

Basically I have four locked-in shifts per week, running from Saturday to Tuesday, with additional shifts sprinkled in Wednesday through Friday.

That is going to be interrupted slightly during the middle of the month because of CrossFit.

CrossFit

Before I started working at The Weather Network (and the Woodstock Sentinel-Review and the KW Review and wrote my book 60'6": Balls, Strikes, and Baseball Mortality, and played semi-pro baseball with the London Majors), I was a certified Level 1 CrossFit instructor.

I also competed in the sport of fitness, taking part in the 2010 Ontario Sectional in an attempt to qualify for the 2010 CrossFit Games (I was unsuccessful).

But I've been asked to do the sideline reporting for the Canada West Regional competition from May 9 to 11 in Richmond, BC. I'll be interviewing athletes before and after events throughout the weekend of competition.

This will be my first trip to the beautiful province of British Columbia, so I'm excited to get a glimpse of Western Canada's mountain ranges firsthand. And I'm grateful for The Weather Network to give me the time off to attend the regional.

For more information on my field reporting for The Weather Network and my sideline reporting for CrossFit, be sure to follow me on Twitter @MikeGArsenault for updates.

Thanks for reading!

Monday, April 7, 2014

A Busy Weekend - Seinfeld Trivia and The Race

It was a busy Sunday afternoon in Southern Ontario. Not only did we see glorious sunshine and mild temps, but I was challenged to a 100m footrace by a coworker.

Then last night, I went to a Seinfeld trivia challenge at Kitch Bar in Toronto.

How did I do in both competitions? Check out the video below.


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April Update

Finally, we're starting to see signs of spring across this great country of ours--except in Atlantic Canada, which got battered by two Nor'easters in a week to end the month of March.

And I have some new developments job-wise at The Weather Network to tell you about, in what is quickly becoming an exciting spring.

Up to this point, my work schedule at The Weather Network has been in a state of constant flux (evidenced by the seemingly random pattern of my schedule in my monthly updates).

Well, that is about to change.

Starting April 14, I will become the Southern Ontario field reporter for the national feed's morning show every Monday and Tuesday morning from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. My weekend schedule has also changed slightly. You'll be able to see me from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. ET Saturday and Sunday across all five of The Weather Network's feeds.

Basically I have four locked-in shifts per week, running from Saturday to Tuesday, with additional shifts sprinkled in Wednesday through Friday.

Here's my April schedule. Of course, depending on what area of the country you live in, you may not be able to see me at these times as TWN runs five different feeds: British Columbia, Alberta, GTA, Atlantic and National (all times are ET).

April 1, 3, 4 - 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

April 5 and 6 - 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

April 7 and 10 (which is my birthday) - 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

April 11 - 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

April 12 - 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.

April 13 - 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

April 14 and 15 - 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

April 18-20 - 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

April 21 and 22 - 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

April 26 and 27 - 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

April 28 and 29 - 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Thanks for your support and keep watching!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Winter storm a brewin' for Eastern Canada

A major snow storm is on the way for tomorrow in Ontario and Quebec and Thursday and Friday in Atlantic Canada. Here's a short segment teeing up the storm with some help from the Godfather 3 and supermodels: http://www.theweathernetwork.com/videos/gallery/all/video_gallery/meiday-show-us-your-stormwatchface/sharevideo/3326809688001