COLUMBIA — Anthony Slaughter, 22, has been working as a weather forecaster at KOMU/Channel 8 since his sophomore year and will become a certified meteorologist in May. You can catch him on Saturdays and Sundays, or when he fills in for KOMU meteorologists Dave Schmidt or Eric Aldrich. He is studying geography at MU.
What was your biggest on-air disaster?
Oh my goodness. We had a severe thunderstorm warning and we had to break into a hockey game. After we broke in, we lost our main server to the game. So I had to stay on the air for five minutes talking about one thunderstorm. And they kept talking in my ear, like, “You gotta keep it goin’… stretch it out… stretch it out…” And I’m like, “I can’t do this.” I was shaking the whole time.
What do you love about being a weatherman?
No day will ever be the same.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what three items would you take with you?
A boat. I guess anything else would just be kinda extra, because I’d come and go as I pleased.
What is the best thing about Columbia’s weather?
It’s always changing.
If you could live anywhere in the world based on its weather, where would that place be?
Florida. They get everything. I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing.
Do you prefer tornadoes or hurricanes?
Hurricanes. They’re easier to track than tornadoes, which are more sporadic.
What’s your favorite conversation topic (besides the weather)?
Music. I like good music, which is anything that makes me feel good. I don’t really have one specific kind I listen to but I love (Canadian rapper) k-os.
What’s your favorite way to spend your free time?
Hanging out with my friends. It’s good to have friends.
If you were a superhero, what would your superpower of choice be?
To fly. I’d see the whole world, and I wouldn’t have to worry about money, cars, gas. Ugh — gas.
What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
I remember something that my friend’s grandma would always say: “Love as you go, and pray as you learn.” I kinda like that.
Tell us something that most people don’t know about weather forecasters.
That we don’t just make up guesses every day, and we actually put thought and effort into our forecasts.
Your predictions for this winter?
I think it’ll be above-average in “precip,” and I think it’ll be another cold one, like it was last year. Everybody remembers how cold it was last year.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be?
Words to live by?
“No matter what the weather is, it’s a beautiful day because it’s a day we’ve never seen before.”