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August 2008

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The weather has been playing a big role in our blog postings lately - mainly because it's been big news in the Southeast where we reside. This is the first active hurricane season after two quiet years, so it's making headlines. So yes, the weather is keeping us busy.

But we're also busy doing lots of other things. Some high profile, some not - but all important. Many of our corporate clients are busy, interestingly enough, with videos about new services, training and educational topics - even about recruiting new talent. I know there's a recession going on, but it's nice to see companies growing and using video (much of it online) to position themselves as leaders in their field.

Business is the heartbeat of this nation and we're proud to serve corporate America.


Hurricane Gustav on radar now that TS Fay is gone

The remnants of Tropical Storm Fay are dumping some much needed rain on Atlanta this morning. We followed Fay all over Florida last week. We started last Monday in Lake Worth, then moved to Melbourne and Indiatlantic, then north to St. Augustine, then finally to Panama City Beach where passed after making a record four landfalls in the Sunshine State. The Weather Channel moved inland to Tallahassee for one final day of coverage before everyone headed home (though our cameraman flew home on Saturday morning).

Hurricane Gustav has been on our radar since Saturday. It was quickly upgraded to a tropical storm yesterday and has just been upgraded to hurricane status this morning. The graphic below, provided by Jonathan Vigh at Colorado State University shows the forecast tracks of Gustav.

Gustav826_0600 We've been providing camera crews to The Weather Channel since 1999 and have covered every major hurricane making US landfall since that time. We've also covered most of the tropical storms impacting the Southeast United States.


Tropical Storm Fay moves west, so do we

Yesterday was day 5 for our road-weary cameraman, Keith Krystofiak. He drove west to Panama City Beach with a Weather Channel producer to get ready for live shots with Meteorologist Jim Cantore. Tropical Storm Fay has persisted all week over Florida and was about to make history with it's 4th landfall in the state.

Keithcantore In this photo, Forrester Media cameraman Keith Krystofiak is ready for a live shot with The Weather Channel's Jim Cantore in Panama City Beach on Friday evening, August 22, 2008.


Tropical Storm Fay Persists

Our intrepid cameraman, Keith Krystofiak is still on the road today with The Weather Channel. He's been out since Monday covering Tropical Storm Fay, which has been moving slowly over the Florida peninsula.

Working with Meteorologist Stephanie Abrams, the storm team started in Lake Worth, then moved north to Melbourne and Indiatlantic (known as the Space Coast). From there, the rain-soaked crew traveled to St. Augustine and tonight will be broadcasting from Jacksonville Beach, FL.

Everyone hopes Fay will soon be downgraded to a tropical depression and rain itself out. I'm sure Keith will be glad to have a couple of days off.


Fay dumps record rainfall, we're there to report it

I don't have statistics in front of me, but Tropical Storm Fay is certainly one of the more interesting tropical systems in the last several years. The storm came to a halt last night near Yeehaw Junction, FL and dumped copious amounts of rain along the east coast of Florida.

Our cameraman, Keith Krystofiak is on assignment with The Weather Channel's Stephanie Abrams. They've been in Indiatlantic (Melbourne), FL for the last day, which in itself is unusual. We usually are constantly relocating with the movement of the storm. In this case, they started a bit further south in Lake Worth, FL on Monday, then moved to Melbourne yesterday afternoon and are still there tonight before driving a bit further north to the St. Augustine area for live shots tomorrow afternoon.

The fact the storm has only moved about 60 miles in the last 24 hours is pretty remarkable. This has to be one of the slowest moving storms and an unfortunate side effect is the record rainfall. Over a foot of rain in Melbourne in the last day with reports of nearly two feet in surrounding areas.

I always shake my head in disbelief when folks say 'oh, it's just a tropical storm, I don't need to prepare.' It's the unknown and unexpected that will always catch you by surprise and I guarantee that there were quite a few of caught off-guard from this storm named Fay.

The good news is that I haven't heard of any fatalities and hope people will continue to stay out of the flood waters as drowning is one of the most common causes of death in a tropical system.