Daily Archives: January 12, 2009

Monday’s Random Thought: Are All Weathermen Short?

Due to the boring weather ahead, I though I’d ask the simple question, “Are all weathermen short?”

I know generalizations are bad, but I felt this one had to be addressed. I am not tall at all…last time I measured I was 5’8.5”…and I think I was being generous. Needless to say, the thought of most Seattle based weathermen being about my height never really crossed my mind until I met them.

I have been job shadowing at news stations since about the age of 12 and at that time, all the weathermen pretty much looked like the tall adults the public believed on TV. But as I grew older and ever so slightly taller, I began to realize, “Woah…either these TV Weather guys are shrinking, I am booming, or they are just really short!”

When I was 16, I went to KOMO News and visited with Steve Pool in the weather station. I was absolutely shocked. He was probably an inch taller than me. On TV, I thought he looked relatively tall. And then at 17 I met Robert Santos and Theron Zahn of KOMO Weather–Mr. Santos was a bit taller than me (I don’t want to worry about grammar this early in the morning)  and Theron Zahn was a couple inches shorter than me. I actually interviewed Jim Castillo for one of my school broadcasts, and when I first met him I was taken aback…he was probably 5’6”. He looked so big on TV! 

Then KIRO…Rick VanCise: 5’9”… (Rough estimate)

Then KING…Rich Marriott: probably 5’5”…Chris Warren: about 5’9” (and I heard Jeff Renner was short, but I never met him…)

I’m not talking about this subject to poke fun of or humiliate these respectable on-air personalities, I just find it interesting how the TV can be one big optical illusion and how some people look taller (or even shorter) in person.

In fact, when I first started forecasting at CK, I had many people come up to me and tell me I looked so much taller on TV. Gee, thanks.

In fact, last year a girl came up to me in the halls and said, “You look just like this one guy who does the weather at our school!”

I replied, “I am that guy!” and chuckled.

“No you aren’t!” she said with a confused look on her face. “He’s much taller.”

Kick me while I’m down, why don’t ya!

So, I guess I’ll fit in the weather world just fine!

Matthew Leach

Kitsap Weather