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September 23, 2018

Network Comes To Fulton To See Heavy Snow


A camera crew keeps an eye on the gear as ABC News reporter John Berman relaxes after his standup on the amount of snow to hit the Fulton area in the first few days of the year.

A camera crew keeps an eye on the gear as ABC News reporter John Berman relaxes after his standup on the amount of snow to hit the Fulton area in the first few days of the year.

Wasn’t it just a few weeks ago that the weather folks were concerned we might have a snow drought this winter?

Now, we’ve gotten so much snow that ABC News dispatched a reporter, a producer, a freelance video crew and a satellite truck to see for themselves.  It was the second network visit of the day.  NBC had already featured the region’s snow on the Today Show.

At 6:30 Tuesday night, ABC News Correspondent John Berman stood on top of a 6 foot pile of snow at the edge of Carol Vescio’s driveway on Sheridan St.  Behind him, to his left, a huge tree carried heavy loads of snow on each branch.  To his right, thick icicles hung from the roof to the ground.

A member of the crew told Carol, who was standing under the open rear hatch of a van to stay out of the snow, that someone from the network on the far end of the satellite feed said the snowy, icy background was so perfect that it looked fake.

But there’s nothing fake about the pounding Fulton has taken since Friday.  At 5:00 a.m. Tuesday, the National Weather Service reported that Fulton had received 52.5 inches of snow in the long, long storm.  And since that 5:00 a.m. reading, more snow had fallen.

Berman filed his live report, tethered to the satellite truck sitting in the driveway of NewsChannel 9 Assignment Editor Roger Mirabito, who helped the network set up the live shot.  Berman then grabbed his cell phone and filed short pieces for ABC Radio Network. (You can see his story, here.)

Berman was told that snowstorms like the one we’re in are not that unusual.  He told Vescio and Mirabito that while that might be true, the heavy snow is part of a larger pattern of unusual weather.

Which brings us back to a dry December and the talk of a snow drought.

We wrote on December 17:

“Four times November has been snowless. And, each time the winter’s snowfall total fell short of 100 inches.

(Longtime Oswego National Weather Service observer Bill) Gregway believes that’s where the winter of 2009 – 10 is headed.”

And December finished about half a foot short of a normal snowfall.

But no one’s thinking about a snow drought now.

ABC News correspondent John Berman files reports for ABC Radio News from atop a huge pile of snow in Carol Vescio's driveway in Fulton.

ABC News correspondent John Berman files reports for ABC Radio News from atop a huge pile of snow in Carol Vescio's driveway in Fulton.

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