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WRAL ice desk inspired by cold snap

Posted January 30, 2014

Three weeks ago arctic air blasted the eastern United States. Temperatures hadn’t been that cold in 14 years. Our low dropped to 9 degrees officially at RDU. Other cities were struggling with the cold, and some news stations north of us built ice desks to illustrated the extent of the cold.

We showed one from the D.C. area on air, and our General Manager Steve Hammel saw it and loved the idea.

In just two steps, we had our very own ice desk! Hammel asked Bill Burch, who is one of our artists here at WRAL, to design us an ice desk. A local company called Ice Occasions built the sculpture for us.

The desk features our WRAL 5 logo as well as a thermometer. It’s a beautiful piece of art!

I really enjoyed using it during our newscasts this morning.

Winter can be a season of contrasts. It is beautiful but can be dangerous. The snow across our area made for a beautiful sight this morning, but our low tied a record of seven degrees. That’s dangerously cold and not the kind of weather you want to spend a lot of time in.

The crew and I only spent about 5 minutes at a time standing out at the desk. We were all wearing a lot of layers. I had on a base layer, a fleece layer, a down layer and a shell. Be sure to dress warmly if you have to be out today. But enjoy the pretty winter scenes!


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  • timmytim Jan 30, 2014

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    SRWHITE. Having grown up in Buffalo I was thinking the exact same thing. :-)

  • srwhite Jan 30, 2014

    "a base layer, a fleece layer, a down layer and a shell"
    Holy Cow, How many LAYERS including a fleece and down with an extra shell!!!!
    You would never survive where I grew up.

  • Mon Account Jan 30, 2014

    Celebrating a cold snap. That killed people.

    Niiiiiiice. At least a local company got some money.