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4.7 out of 5
I am a news junkie and I want to know it all AS IT HAPPENS! WDSU is right on the ball.
Also I am big into the weather hour by hour as I was a “Weather Watcher” for 12 yrs all volunteer, 365 days of the year. We had snow 6 mos out of the year and that is NOT easy to measure - blowing snow. Also at that time I did not have a thermometer that automatically recorded the low or the high of that day; therefore, I had to get up all night long to check the temps in our frozen tundra area to get the low for that night. And to think this was all volunteer.
Now I am still a person who watches the weather, winds, dew points and esp humidity all throughout the day. I am right on top of things weather-wise as that is how I plan my day, according to the weather. Margaret is great!!
Regarding the news, I need to know what is happening where, as well as when did it happen or when will it happen. And then I forward the info on to others from there. I’m most often the first to know about it, and then I share it around to appropriate people to make them aware.
So WDSU, just keep it coming. Also I love the repeat versions available on my cell. THAT IS A MUST! I rarely am available to watch it at its normal air time. I have to be able to see it at a later time.
By the way, I don’t have a tv at all, so I watch all your shows numerous times DAILY on my iPhone.
Need more time with sports
I’m a dedicated WDSU viewer along with my friends but the sports daily news is weak and if It will not cover more swac mainly southern u I’ll start looking at wwl there are a lot of S U alumni in your viewing audience. Especially during football season we get much more NICHOLAs state and southeastern. SU is right down the road in BR. Again a little less weather and more sports.
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I do like this app, but I cannot give it all of the stars because it doesn’t always work right
A lot of the time you can watch the commercials but not the news the App will crash Especially when it’s I’m going
I try to keep this app updated but it still crashes not as much As before In reference six months ago But it still does also a lot of times when you press play to watch the news or the rebroadcast nothing happens as in today, I’ve been trying to watch it for about an hour now and I can’t
There’s even a way to send a message to them and I’ve done that before also
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Four days after Hurricane Ida made landfall in Louisiana as a Category 4 storm, the New Orleans meteorologist Margaret Orr took a break after twelve hours on the air to reply to some of her fans on Twitter. Orr, who has been reporting the weather for forty-two years, is regarded by many residents as an oracle. From the weather office in the brightly lit newsroom of WDSU, which was operating on a generator, she scrolled through her feed. Someone asked why the sun always shines before a storm: “And I said, to remind us that the sun will shine again. But I don’t want the sun emoji.” She used a heart instead. The real reason the sun shines before a storm? “Because you’ve often got high pressure right over you, and it’s hot,” she said. “The high moves off to the east and pushes the system our way.”
Orr’s red hair was carefully combed, despite the power outage, and she had on the red dress that has become a signature; some Orr-watchers believe that it’s her signal that it’s time to evacuate. She had her microphone wire strapped to knee-high boots. Otherwise, she said, “I’m wearing a tourniquet on my leg all day when I’m in non-stop coverage.” She went on, “I didn’t get home till midnight last night, and I used the flashlight on my phone. Try taking out contacts!”
Many of her colleagues were sleeping at the station, on air mattresses, but Orr preferred to go home, where she had running water but no electricity. “We need a new roof. But the water I don’t think is coming in,” she said. She’d persuaded her three grown children to evacuate, and her husband had moved to a nephew’s house nearby, where there was a generator. But Orr wanted to be in her own bed.
She could handle not having air-conditioning. The trick, she said, is to take a cold shower. Not having Internet, though, was a hardship. “I couldn’t even get phone calls,” she said. “Everything was down, so I couldn’t tweet or Facebook until I got to work. To me, that’s very frustrating.”
In the days leading up to Ida, people contacted Orr through Twitter to get individualized, practical advice. The day before the hurricane hit, one follower asked, “Would Vacherie be a good place to evacuate?” Orr tries to respond to everyone. “That is closer to the center,” she wrote back. “Do not think I would evacuate there. Go farther East or much farther West.” On Sunday, Vacherie suffered significant wind damage.
In 2020, the Mardi Gras parade of the Krewe of Muses celebrated Orr with a float featuring a massive papier-mâché replica of her head. Hurricane symbols decorated her two-foot-wide eyes and her headpiece was modelled on a tornado. “Margaret Orracle,” a banner read. A few years before that, a local retailer manufactured prayer candles with Orr’s face on them, to light before festivals and other outdoor events. “I was honored,” she said. “Of course, lighting a candle isn’t going to do a bit of good.”
Orr has always been fascinated by weather. In 1965, when she was twelve years old, the wind from Hurricane Betsy blew the roof off her family’s house in New Orleans. She remembers going outside and standing in the eye of the storm. “I looked up and saw the sky and saw the stars,” she said. “And then my father grabbed my hand and said, ‘We have to go back inside.’ I went, ‘Why?’ He went, ‘Because all hell is about to break loose.’ ”
Orr signed off for the evening, but the station was still broadcasting live, as it had been doing since Sunday. She asked a colleague about the person who was to take over at 8 A.M. Orr was, technically, on vacation. “Every time I put in for vacation, we have hurricanes,” she said. “I take staycations.” This staycation, she was going to clean debris out of her yard.
“Bad weather happens everywhere,” she said, tossing an empty La Colombe iced-coffee can into a recycling bin. “Every now and then, on Twitter, you’ll see people saying, Well, why do you live there? Well, I live here because it’s my home. This is where I grew up. This is the place I love.” She went on, “After Katrina, I thought, Could I live anywhere else? And I decided, no, I couldn’t.” She added, “As my daughter said about New Orleans when she was a little girl, ‘I even love the dirt.’ ”
Orr sat down in front of the radar screen, where she was tracking another storm, this one west of the Mississippi River. The forecast looked ugly: very hot, very humid. She was predicting rain. ♦
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