Monday, May 4, 2020

Betty the weathercat

After more than 30 years as a TV weatherman in Evansville, Indiana, Channel 14's Jeff Lyons moved his nightly forecast into his dining room during the pandemic. He set up a green screen in his dining room to do the 10 p.m. weather report. All went well for three weeks, until his 11-year-old cat Betty showed up.

The news director back at the station saw him petting Betty during a live feed and told Lyons, "You should put her on the air." So he cradled Betty in both arms and introduced her to his viewers. Betty looked lazily at the camera, twitching her tail, and a star was born. Betty is now so popular that she has her own Instagram page and is on the Channel 14 weather segment most nights, along with her "Betty the Weathercat" graphic.

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