Watch the meteorologist say yes to the on-air proposal on Valentine’s Day

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KPIX meteorologist Mary Lee had a surprise visitor during a segment on the Northern Lights.

KPIX meteorologist Mary Lee had a surprise visitor during a segment on the Northern Lights.

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A California meteorologist organized a very special Valentine’s Day this year.

Mary Lee, a meteorologist at KPIX in San Francisco, was recording a segment about the Northern Lights when her boyfriend’s two daughters, Mirium and Madi, appeared on set, each with a rose in their hands, KPIX reported.

“Oh my God!” Lee said, wrapping the girls in hugs, a video shared by KPIX shows.

Then her boyfriend Ajit Ninan walked into the frame and also gave Lee a hug.

“Oh, I’m going to cry,” Lee said.

But the surprise continued – Ninan then got down on his knees and Lee started crying before he even asked the question.

“Mary, you are my northern lights,” Ninan said as the lights danced across the screen behind him. “You light up my life in the most spectacular and beautiful way. The girls adore you and I love you, and I want you to be part of our family.

Lee continued to cry with joy as Ninan slipped the ring on her finger, the video showed.

In a segment filmed after the proposal, Lee cried again as she recounted the day’s events.

“It was so unexpected,” Lee said, adding that KPIX staff dropped hints about the proposal beforehand. “I didn’t even see it coming from a mile away.”

“We helped orchestrate this for a long time,” said presenter Len Kiese. “It took a lot of teamwork, but we are delighted that it finally came to fruition.”

The staff even had a secret code name for the plan, according to HuffPost – “Operation Marry Mary.”

What makes the proposal even more special, according to presenter Amanda Starrantino, is that Lee has always wanted to go to the Northern Lights herself.

“You keep saying that’s how you wanted to be proposed,” Starrantino said.

“He made it happen, and it was amazing,” Lee said. “I’m still on a high, I’m still in shock for sure. Now we have a wedding to plan.

Vandana Ravikumar is a McClatchy Real-Time reporter. She grew up in northern Nevada and studied journalism and political science at Arizona State University. Previously, she reported for USA Today, The Dallas Morning News and Arizona PBS.

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