Behind the scenes of our KELOLAND Live Doppler Winter Specials Original

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — Our Winter Doppler Special airs on November 18 this year. KELOLAND’s meteorologists will give their predictions and look back at this year’s weather.

But what goes into the making of our Doppler specials? Each of our meteorologists tell us about how the various parts all come together for one of our most anticipated specials.

Like Meteorologist Scot Mundt’s snowfall forecast.

“As far as the way I come up with my winter prediction, it’s like a magician giving away secrets. I can’t do that. But I do look at global patterns. What’s been going on over the past several months. What the computer models are thinking what may happen going over the next several months and I try to correlate that with years past. And the good thing about this now is I just made a quick change, just this week, on the winter prediction from some new data that I saw. So, my experience being here for so many years hopefully will help in my winter prediction this year,” Mundt said.

Meteorologist Grant Smith says each Doppler special brings something new and each piece teaches everyone a bit more about KELOLAND.

“If we expect spring to happen so early in the year, but the weather still can hit us with the snow that causes some problems in what we can expect. Trying to change your mindset about when winter actually ends, so that was kind of my more favorite one that I did. Plus, that had to deal with snow and I like researching snow,” Smith said.

This marks the 43rd Doppler special. Meteorologist Jay Trobec has been apart of every single one. He reflects on how the segments began.

“So what it originally started was, we were going to do a program to explain what a Doppler Radar does, what we use it for, how it works, all that stuff. Somebody liked the idea and said you know you should do more of those. We just ended up doing it twice a year now since 1997,” Trobec said.

Every year brings a new spring and winter Doppler special, but the importance of them remain the same.

“It refreshes people for the upcoming season. Here we go into the winter season, we’ve already had snowfall this year. It’s a way to maybe brush up on what to expect. Not only with driving, it doesn’t take much snow or ice to give you a slick commute in the morning or the evening, but people forget their winter driving skills. And it’s a good reminder for that. Also, as we do go into the spring and summer months as we do our spring special it’s a good reminder what to do during severe weather,” Mundt said.

“Well for starters they’re, I think they’re super fun. It actually gives us time and a goal to do side research projects to kind of look at what’s going on in the area. A lot of times there’s so much that we can study about the weather that a lot of times it’s like I don’t even know what to do, but then when a producer says ‘do this,’ alright now we have somewhere to go,” Smith said.

“Number one we try and tell you what’s going on as far as what people can expect us to be doing when there’s big weather coming on, we do stuff about warnings and stuff like that. The other thing is I think there’s a great curiosity about some of the things, and we talk about some of the things we aren’t able to spend time on, on television. So, we get a little behind the scenes a little bit,” Trobec said.

This year’s Winter Doppler Special airs November 18 at 6:30 p.m.

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