Every parent can attest to the fact that sometimes our jobs interfere with our family lives, but a meteorologist and father of two recently experienced this same thing to a very intense degree.
Doug Kammerer, NBC Washington’s chief meteorologist, was live Thursday reporting on the weather (as meteorologists do), sharing a report from the National Weather Service with his viewers — a tornado was brewing in Maryland.
When he realized the tornado’s path was heading straight for his house, he stopped what he was doing to call his family in the middle of his live broadcast.
“I have to warn my kids because I know what my kids are doing right now,” Kammerer said. “They’re probably playing online and not seeing that.”
His son answered the phone and Kammerer wasted no time in giving him instructions to stay safe.
“Hey Kent, are you there? I want to make sure you get down to the basement,” he tells his son on camera. “Come down as soon as you can.”
He advised her to go to a room in the basement and wait about 15 minutes. He then hung up the phone and returned to the show.
What’s truly amazing about this moment is that any parent watching is probably feeling that anxious knot you feel whenever your children might be in danger. Kudos to Kammerer, who stayed cool as a cucumber throughout the exchange. Parents know that children will pick up on your energy in any given situation, and trying to stay calm and in control when you’re so scared is one of the hardest parts of parenting. Trying to stay calm as a meteorologist – who probably knows all there is to know about tornadoes and the devastation they cause – and a dad is quite an achievement.
Kammerer himself commented on the ordeal on Twitter later that night.
“Yes, I had to tell my family! The kids were home alone and I knew they weren’t watching me on TV!” he said. “They’re safe. Thank you! Scary moment for me though, I was freaking out a bit inside.”
As any parent undoubtedly would! This dad handled things like a total pro, though – as a meteorologist and A parent. And we are happy to hear that his whole family is safe. Wow, what a moment!