FOX19’s Frank Marzullo agrees with Farmer’s Almanac winter forecast

As Frank Marzullo celebrates his 15th year as a meteorologist at Fox 19 this month, he shared with The Enquirer where he found his love for weather forecasting, how weather technology has transformed the profession and how accurately he predicted a cold in Farmer’s Almanac for right and it’s going to be a snowy winter for Cincinnati this year.

Marzullo, who grew up in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, said his interest in weather was sparked by a childhood trip to the grocery store with his grandparents. The sky was dark, but there was a rainbow, a funnel cloud, and hail. He was curious.

He began watching the Cleveland meteorologists, and a favorite pastime was playing news anchor, holding a hairbrush for a microphone while his brother operated a makeshift teleprompter and VHS format video camera, which recorded everything.

After college at Ohio University and Youngstown State University, Marzullo studied journalism, climate, and geology, making his way from television stations in West Virginia to Youngtown, Ohio, and now to Cincinnati.

It used to take hours to compile a weather report. Now it can take minutes, which is important during severe weather, Marzullo said on The Enquirer’s “That’s So Cincinnati” podcast.

He had mornings when he had to report on the devastation caused by tornadoes like those that struck western Kentucky last December, razing communities and causing at least 74 confirmed deaths and untold destruction.

Then there were the crazy nights, like on April 8, 2010, when Marzullo was on the air and learned that lightning had struck what many referred to as “Big Butter Jesus,” a 62-foot statue of Jesus Christ in the Solid Rock Church in Monroe.

The Farmers’ Almanac predicted this winter was going to be a sucker, warning us to be ready to “tremble, tremble, and shovel.” What is Marzullo thinking?

“Farmers’ Almanac forecasts are actually calculated about two years ahead,” Marzullo said. “You study this for a long time. They look at the tidal movement of moons and sunspots and all that stuff. Some of their predictions this year and if you look at some of the stuff coming from NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and more traditional sources, it looks like we could be colder than average and wetter than average. “

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