HAZARD — The Kentucky General Assembly recently passed a resolution recognizing one Perry County Central High School student as being the youngest meteorologist in the state.
Senate Resolution 90 was introduced by Sens. Brandon Smith and Johnny Ray Turner in January. The resolution made its way to the Senate Floor in February and was adopted by vote on March 18.
The resolution recognized Chris Hall, 16, of Hazard as the youngest meteorologist in the state.
“Brandon Smith has been one of my biggest supporters,” said Hall.
Hall has dreamed of being a meteorologist since he could walk and talk.
“It’s something I have always liked, something that has been a passion for a long time,” said Hall.
His love for meteorology all started when Hall would watch the Weather Channel growing up. Shows that would focus on Storm Stories and Storm Chasers interested him.
Hall started posting pictures and videos of himself forecasting the weather on Facebook when he was 11 years old.
“I started doing videos, going out. That is where it really got started,” said Hall.
His videos and pictures attracted more followers and by the time he was 15 years old, he had gained a considerate amount of attention for his skills as a young weather man.
One of Hall’s biggest inspirations is Chris Johnson from WYMT. Johnson forecasts the morning weather. Hall hopes in the future that he could job shadow under Johnson.
He had previously job shadowed at WYMT before.
“He has given me so many tips and advice… He has really helped me out a lot,” said Hall.
Despite some of the dangers involved with being in the thick of bad weather, Hall feels it is important for him to inform viewers of the chances of bad weather. One of his main reasons of wanting to be a meteorologist is so he could protect others from possible bad weather.
For the last few weeks, Hall has been doing the daily forecast for Hometown 24 in Hindman.
“I love it,” said Hall of forecasting for Hometown 24.
Hall hopes in the future that station would be able to go live during severe weather.
“If there was to be any severe weather, then we might be able to go live, no guarantees though. We are trying to get that worked out,” said Hall.
He wants to either attend Oklahoma State University or Western Kentucky University. He plans on majoring in Meteorology and minoring in Journalism.
Hall would like to be able to come back to eastern Kentucky and work after he graduates from college.
“I can’t forget anybody in the mountains, they have gave me so much support,” said Hall.
Hall would like to thank all of his supporters and followers on Facebook. He would also like to thank Sen. Smith for supporting him and putting the resolution forward.
TJ Caudill can be reached at 606-629-3245 or on Twitter @TJHazardHerald.