Second Place: Jim Duncan, NBC-12
Third Place: Dave Tolleris, WxRisk.com
This lineup remains unchanged from last year — perhaps portending next year's forecast. Andrew Freiden's colleague, Jim Duncan, stands out in voters' minds, and the independent Dave Tolleris has a strong following with his forecasts aimed at business concerns. But we put a few fill-in-the-blanks to NBC-12's Freiden, whose easygoing manner and lengthy local presence make him a voter favorite:
Favorite forecast to make? "One inch of rain every Thursday, 2-4 a.m. Dry and pleasant rest of the week. Everyone is happy. Except for the people who make money waterproofing basements and crawl spaces."
Longest length of time you've stayed at the station, and why: "During Isabel, I think I stayed for almost a day. I remember trying to catch a nap on an air mattress in the chief engineer's office in the wee hours of the morning. [It] has a large window and I could see the trees threatening to fall over. Not much napping took place."
Biggest change in weather forecasting since you've been on the job: "We've gotten a lot better in the past decade. As a result our viewers expect much more in terms of accuracy and advanced warning of storms. The Internet and social media have created much more of a give-and-take with our viewers. And we produce more newscasts than there used to be. When you add in Facebook, Twitter, nbc12.com, emails, and even the good old-fashioned 345-1212 phone line, there's a lot more work."
Most difficult part of being recognized in public: "People are always telling me I'm better looking, taller and thinner in person than on TV. It may sound like a compliment but all I hear is, 'You look like a hot mess on TV.'"