Hurricane Sandy disrupted several TV shows last night, including the “Late Show with David Letterman.” Dave went on the air during Hurricane Sandy, but there was no one in the audience on Monday. On October 30, CBS executives announced that the chairs would once again be empty and that the schedule was rearranged to include Jim Cantore from The Weather Channel. The meteorologist has been in the Big Apple since Friday to cover Sandy. Just last night, he pulled a 24-hour shift to report live during the wrath of Hurricane Sandy from Battery Park.
Jim Cantore is the “Mike Wallace” and “Where’s Waldo” of meteorology. When he shows up, residents expect the weather to get interesting. Jim’s passion for field reporting during extreme weather events is well known among TWC viewers. Whether it’s “thunder snow”, an ice storm, tornado chasing, or a category 5 hurricane, there is no place this seasoned and experienced meteorologist would rather be than right in the “eye of the storm.”
First and foremost, Jim Cantore is a hurricane specialist, having reported live from Hurricanes Andrew, Bonnie, Fran, Georges, Gustav, Floyd, Katrina, Mitch and Rita. In 2011, he reported live from Battery Park as Hurricane Irene made landfall in NYC and flooded parts of Lower Manhattan. He later moved to Vermont to cover Irene’s after effects in New England. Jim is a member of both the National Weather Association and the American Meteorological Society. He holds the AMS Television Seal of Approval.
On Monday night, Jim Cantore reported for The Weather Channel under very dangerous conditions. As water began to flood Battery Park, Cantore stayed on the air throughout Sandy’s wrath in New York City. He observed dozens of flashes and power outages and at one point even questioned his decision to stay in Battery Park.
David Letterman went on the air on Monday during Hurricane Sandy. For the opening, he and Paul Schaffer stood outside in yellow slickers and Dave asked, “Do we do a show, or do we not do a show?” Paul answered, “Let’s do it!” The normally packed studio was completely empty, but Denzel Washington somehow made his way to the Ed Sullivan Theater in the storm. He was drenched and in a yellow rain coat and said to Dave, “Only for you, Dave. I swam.”
Letterman will go on air on Tuesday once again without a live audience. Look for Jim Cantore to be the headline guest to talk about his experiences during Hurricane Sandy. “The Late Show with David Letterman” with Jim Cantore airs on Tuesday, October 30 at 11:35 p.m. ET on CBS. Cantore will remain in New York City to report on Sandy’s aftermath for The Weather Channel.
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