Saturday, October 4, 2014

October Update - Favourite Time of the Year

Sure, two main signs that summer-like weather is behind us--the leaves changing and CHILLY mornings--are far too prevalent these days.

And while I'm definitely not looking forward to a plunge toward sub-zero temperatures, October really is my favourite time of the year for one reason: baseball.

Basically my entire month looks like this: Work at The Weather Network and then come home and sit on my couch watching postseason baseball. I'm almost ashamed to admit how much baseball I will watch this month.

(Quick aside: know what goes great with watching baseball? This)

Speaking of chilly mornings, I continue to experience them firsthand as a reporter for TWN's national morning show. Here's one of the stories I put together in September. It's all about connected car technology. And fear not, I included a myriad of David Hasselhoff in Knight Rider references.


Here's a look at my October 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).

October 4 and 5 - 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

October 6 and 7 - 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

October 11, 12, 13 - 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

October 14 - 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

October 18 and 19 - 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

October 20 and 21 - 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

October 25 and 26 - 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

October 27 and 28 - 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Thanks for reading!

Monday, September 1, 2014

September Update - Goodbye Summer and Shameless Self Promotion

It's almost hard to say that we're now in the month of September. Even though Eastern Canada is firmly entrenched in a summer-like pattern for the first week of September, I don't think anyone is going to forget the cooler than normal summer we experienced this year.

It's been a nice of mix of studio and field reporting shifts for me recently. And even though my weeks are filled with early morning wakeup calls, there's nothing like seeing the sun rise on a summer morning.

We do like to have fun in studio too. Case in point, the following picture. Take one new map that moves across the country, add a green blanket, and you have my best Peter Pan impression.


Before I get into my September schedule, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that pennants races are starting to heat up in Major League Baseball. If you're looking to get into the mood for playoff baseball, why not grab a (autographed) copy of my novel 60'6": Balls, Strikes, and Baseball Mortality.

Here's my August 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).
September 1 and 2 - 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

September 3 - 5 a.m. to 10 a.m.

September 6 and 7 - 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

September 8 and 9 - 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

September 13 and 14 - 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

September 15 and 16 - 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

September 19 - 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

September 20 and 21 - 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

September 22 and 23 - 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

September 27 and 28 - 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

September 29 and 30 - 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, August 3, 2014

August Update - Up Close and Personal with Tornado Damage

Not to be the bearer of bad news, but the summer is basically half over. Where does the time go? I've been trying to spend as much time as possible outside enjoying the warmth and the sun.

The field reporter position for The Weather Network's national morning show allows me to travel to different towns in Southern Ontario and meet new people and also to see the effect of severe storms firsthand.

Case in point, the EF1 tornado that hit Grand Bend at the end of July. I spent consecutive mornings in the town reporting on the damage and some of it was absolutely incredible. Check out this picture:


Luckily no one was home when the storm hit.

Here's my August 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).

August 3 and 4 - 6 a.m. to 12 p.m.

August 5 - 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

August 9 and 10 - 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

August 11 and 12 - 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

August 17 - 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

August 18 and 19 - 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

August 22 - 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

August 23 and 24 - 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

August 25 and 26  -  6 a.m. to 11 a.m.

August 27 - 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.

August 30 and 31 - 6 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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!