Thursday, July 26, 2007

Batesville Visit Gets Press. Funny Article

The following is from the Batesville Daily Guard.

By Chandra Huston, Guard Staff Writer

News Published on Thursday July 26, 2007

DESHA — Four-year-old Dalton Teague already may have honed in on a future career as a meteorologist.

The preschooler loves to talk about weather.

Ask him about snow and he will tell you it’s made from snow balls. Ask him about hail and he will say it could cause you to be hit on the head with an Icee. Ask him about thunderstorms and he, well, goes back to the Icee, but with a little help from KATV Channel 7 meteorologist Todd Yakoubian, Teague is learning more about Arkansas weather.

Yakoubian visited children at Batesville School District’s preschool campuses Wednesday to teach them about weather, provide a behind-the-scenes look at how a forecast is created on television every day and offer weather-safety tips.

“It’s very important to know what the weather is doing,” he told a handful of preschoolers at the district’s Desha campus.

Yakoubian has been studying weather for years, receiving certification as a broadcast meteorologist by the Mississippi Department of Geoscience and Meteorology. Yakoubian said he took his first television job in Montana, a fact that excited the youngsters who thought he was talking about the Disney Channel’s program “Hannah Montana.”

The students have been learning about weather the last few weeks and were able to put their knowledge to the test by answering Yakoubian’s weather-related questions.

The children came to a consensus that a person should not go outside during a thunderstorm. Two-and-half-year-old Brianna Hernandez said there was an obvious reason for that.

“Your swing set would be wet,” she said, smiling widely.

Teauge said he learned a lot from Yakoubian, whose parting gift was a handmade card from the students and a can of hairspray.

“If there’s a storm you need to go inside,” Teague said, rising to his feet. “Or you’ll get hit with an Icee.

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