Posted: 1:50 pm Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Local news meteorologists part of Gov. Deal’s severe weather task force 

By Rodney Ho

Channel 2 Action News' Glenn Burns will be part of a severe weather task force created by Gov. Nathan Deal after last week's traffic/storm debacle. CREDIT: WSB-TV

Channel 2 Action News’ Glenn Burns will be part of a severe weather task force created by Gov. Nathan Deal after last week’s traffic/storm debacle. CREDIT: WSB-TV

Gov. Nathan Deal named four local TV news meteorologists to be part of a new severe weather task force, one from each of the affiliates. This group was created after last week’s winter storm paralyzed the city for a couple of days:

Markina Brown of CBS Atlanta has been with the station since 2010. CREDIT: CBS Atlanta

Markina Brown of CBS Atlanta has been with the station since 2010. CREDIT: CBS Atlanta

- CBS Atlanta’s Markina Brown

- Channel 2 Action News’ Glenn Burns

- 11 Alive’s Chesley McNeil

- Fox 5′s Ken Cook

Ken Cook has been at WAGA-TV for 30 years as a meteorologist. CREDIT: Fox 5

Ken Cook has been at WAGA-TV for 30 years as a meteorologist. CREDIT: Fox 5

Others on the task force include government heads, including the Georgia Department of Transportation and the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, along with school district and national law enforcement officials.

They will help create recommendations to improve the state’s response to severe weather events in the future.

Atlanta-based The Weather Channel will also work with the City of Atlanta to create best practices for emergency response during severe weather, Mayor Kasim Reed announced on Friday.

Channel 2 Action News and ajc.com are both part of Cox Media Group.

21 comments
slc10
slc10

Melish should be on this panel. The guy from 11 Alive belongs on there as much as I do.

Rawmilkdrinker
Rawmilkdrinker

Guvner should bring back the paratrooper weatherman from channel 11 and all of his spaghetti track forecasts, then we'd know that it could snow anywhere anytime north of the Fla line. There'd be a complete whiteout of Ga on the map.

Rickster_
Rickster_

Shouldn't there have already been a task force like this  in place YEARS ago? Remember the blizzard of 82? The one in 2000 prior to the "Big Game?"  The one in 2010?

We've got a history of snow/ice events. This should have been done LONG ago.

EdUktr
EdUktr

@Bernie31:

Still unemployed and unemployable, Bernie?

atl30075
atl30075

As unethical and incompetent as our governor is, he's politically astute.  I've no doubt part of this is to soften the deserved criticism and negative news coverage of him -- 'Hey, we're part of his team.'  I hope this doesn't impact their coverage, but that's probably wishful thinking.

lvg
lvg

First you need state officials that understand how snow and ice react when they accumulate on unsanded roads and bridges. Of course officials need reading skills as well- a rarity down here.

Bernie31
Bernie31

We should Do like Charlie English did...Call some where in Cherokee County " Y'ALL got any Snow on the Ground up THAR? NAW!... Ok!  Thought I'd Check!

Charlie English Later, reflecting........I did NOT SEE A Problem.

Hank_Hill
Hank_Hill

What about the lovely Kristina Abernathy, formerly of The Weather Channel?


The Kimmer used to do the weather on the weekends at Channel 5.

funnygrlga
funnygrlga

These meteorologists are the same ones that get a majority of the weather wrong, to begin with.  This is the only job, where you get $100,000+, wrong 60% of the time, and still have their jobs.  

I think I am in the wrong profession!!!!

whip177
whip177

Can we channel Guy Sharpe??

sliderule
sliderule

The task force is missing one key ingredient.  Perhaps Ga Tech could provide someone to actually read the NOAA releases and then verbally explain to ole Charlie and GEMA and the new task force what it means.  For example:  It's gonna snow folks.  

Bernie31
Bernie31

What Good is a Task Force when their Advice will be ignored and Dismissed? This decision has all of the elelments of some corolful Window Dressing. 

Are These meterologists AMS ( American Meteorological Society ) Certified?


Houston, I Think We have a problem Already?   yep I think...so?


Uh..HUH

Bernie31
Bernie31

What Good is a Task Force when their Advice will be ignored and Dismissed? This decision has all of the elelments of some corolful Window Dressing. 

Are These meterologists AMS ( American Meteorological Society ) Certified?

Houston, I Think We have a problem Already?   yep I think...so.

More great Leadership from Dear leader Deal.... it seems We do not haveThe Very Best that Atlanta has to offer here. There are certified People all over Atlanta. 

A RUSH to implement a Task Force much?

Uh..HUH

Mike Hunt
Mike Hunt

Why Chesley?  Chris Holcomb is the most stable meteorologist at 11Alive plus he knows Atlanta like a native Atlantan . . .  oh, he is a native Atlantan.

DohBee
DohBee

Get Johnny Beckman out of retirement...


Woodpappy
Woodpappy

Kirk Mellish should be in the group !!!

AubreyKinnaman
AubreyKinnaman

@Mike Hunt  Look at their backgrounds. Chris is a broadcast journalist with a  certificate in Broadcast meteorology. Chesley is finishing his PHD in geosciences.