When meteorologist Nick Walker from The Weather Channel talks to his national audience about weather, it’s not just a scripted message. “I want my viewers to develop a fascination for weather, understand it, and respect its power,” he says. And I want to do it in a way that’s memorable.”
His tactic? On camera he uses graphics, maps, and knowledgeable explanations. Off-camera, he sings. Known as “The Weather Dude” to thousands of kids and families throughout the country, Nick uses his vocal, instrumental and songwriting talents to drive home his meteorological message. From classrooms to science festivals and community events, Nick performs his catchy weather songs to teach the basics of weather, and to stress the importance of severe weather preparedness. Recent performances include the USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington, DC, Stormfest in Pittsburgh, and Weatherfestin Seattle.
Displaying eye-popping video to accompany his toe-tapping songs, Walker focuses on the basics of weather such as clouds, precipitation and wind, but also educates about tornadoes, hurricanes and floods, encouraging preparedness and safety. “Though some of the songs are about serious subjects,” he says, “I keep the mood light-hearted. The songs are fun and catchy and positive, constantly reassuring listeners that preparation is the key to safety.” Musical styles include rock, rap, blues, salsa, and surf, among others. "There's usually something for everybody," Nick says of his music.