For years L.L.Bean has been proud to equip the on-air meteorologists of The Weather Channel with the outerwear and gear they need to stay warm, dry and protected. Throughout the season, we’ll be highlighting these amazing and inspiring individuals so you can learn more about what it takes to do what they do. We previously sat down with Sam Champion, Reynolds Wolf, Stephanie Abrams, Jen Carfagno and Paul Goodloe; now we’re excited to bring you our conversation with Jim Cantore.
Having covered every major weather event in the last 25 years including Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy, Jim is one of the most well known meteorologists in the world and most recognizable faces on TV. A fearless storm tracker at heart, he repeatedly puts himself in harm’s way to give his audience the information they need and does it so well that everyone at home is able to understand even the most complicated weather events and patterns at work.
Q: What’s your favorite piece of L.L.Bean outerwear?
Jim: You know what I really love is my Stowaway Rain Hat with Gore-Tex. You don’t have to wear the big hood in the back, you can take it off and really have a nice jacket all the way up your neck with the big brim on the hat. It has become one of my staple pieces.
What’s the worst weather you’ve experienced?
Jim: Isaac, I was covering the storm in 90+ mile an hour winds, it was 50 degrees or below and I was doing live coverage for 12-18 hours straight. I called L.L.Bean and said I needed to stay warm and dry, and they literally overnighted me a dry suit. I did a thin layer, the dry suit, and then I put my TWC gear on top of that. It kept me both warm and dry. If I ever were to do a winter storm or wet snow on the coast, I will definitely put that in my bag. It was like a glove.
What do you miss most about the weather in your hometown? What don’t you miss?
Jim:What I miss is what I don’t miss. What that means is The SNOW. This time of year, December-February, I loved the snow in Vermont and New England. Come March and April, it starts to get old, don’t miss having to deal with it. I love the Spring here in Atlanta.
How did you get into weather? Did you always want to be a meteorologist?
Jim: My senior year in high school, my dad asked me what I wanted to do with my life. I said baseball, fireman, and he said: “Son, you are a FREAK when it comes to snow – you leave the light on in the barn to catch the first flake, you are out first thing in the morning to clean the driveway for your mom. Life is too short, do what you love! And the rest is history.
Was there ever a time where you thought you might not make it out of a storm?
Jim: No. I will walk out of anywhere if I have to.
When you’re not on the clock, what are your favorite outdoor hobbies or sports?
Jim: I love being outdoors. I am a big landscaper, love to garden and grow things. I like to play in the dirt.