Sustaining Severe Weather ("Derecho") Coverage


It all started... western Minnesota in the pre-dawn hours of  Sunday June 11, 2017.  A line of severe thunderstorms -- fueled by tropical humidity and driven by strong midlevel winds -- evolved into a derecho as it moved through the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul by breakfast.  Before lunch, hundreds of wind- and hail-damage reports stretched from Minnesota into Wisconsin.  The final cost is still being tallied, but we know it will be at least a billion-dollar weather disaster.


Together with meteorologist Kylie Bearse and anchor Esme Murphy, director of meteorology Mike Augustyniak led nearly two hours of sustaining coverage that was met with widespread praise from viewers and news management alike.