At this point, Katy Perry‘s resume is so robust that it cannot be contained by LinkedIn alone: in addition to her day job as an internationally famous pop star, she’s also worked as an Egyptian Queen , an extraterrestrial , G.I. Jane and a 13-year-old girl , to name just a few.
Of course, that didn’t stop her from trying her hand at another profession — TV meteorologist — during a Wednesday (March 5) morning appearance on Australia’s “Sunrise” show.
Yes, while a koala inexplicably watched from the wings (is that, like, required by Australian law?) Katy did her best to bring folks the forecast for cities like Brisbane, Canberra and Melbourne … and while it didn’t always go smoothly — at one point, she referred to the city of Hobart as “Hogwarts,” and she frequently messed up Celsius for Fahrenheit — overall, she did a solid job; turns out, reading the weather on TV is hard.
How do we know? Because we asked some of the biggest names in meteorology to give us their take on Katy’s skills … and, as it turns out, they think she’s got a future in forecasting (well, most of them did). You know; if the whole pop star thing doesn’t pan out.
Sam Champion, host of the Weather Channel’s “AMHQ with Sam Champion”
“I thought she did a great job. Of course she is used to Fahrenheit, [but] Katy is one of the most fun people I have ever worked with on morning television. If she ever wants to do the weather on ‘AMHQ,’ I would hire her.”
Irv “Mr. G” Gikofsky, PIX 11 News’ weather expert and New York TV icon
“Other than using the baton, which should be used for an orchestra or leading a parade, and trying to work out the Chroma key, I’d give her a 9.
I like the part where she didn’t want to stop; in the news, we have time limits, usually two or two-and-a-half minutes, so I think the newsroom would have to know that Katy would want to do four-or-five minutes. It’s not an easy gig, it seems like one weather graphic was enough for her. If you give her three graphics, she would have been out there for nine minutes.
If she wants to move into meteorology, she has to understand she has to take a substantial pay cut to work maybe six minutes a day, and if this is the new career path she chooses, tell her I’m open to switching careers with her.”
John Davitt, NY1′s chief meteorologist
“As a professional meteorologist for over 20 years, I’ve seen worse weather demo tapes sent to me. But her performance wouldn’t have gotten her hired. The two big mistakes: 1) Know your geography. Hogwarts is not a city in Australia; and, 2) Don’t show your back to the camera. She should have stood in profile. Other pointers, they use Celsius in Australia not Fahrenheit. 22 Celsius is not cold. It’s 72 in Fahrenheit. Finally, we don’t use weather wands we’re not wizards! Her ‘Hot N Cold’ song is a big hit with the weather world, we can relate.”
Stephanie Abrams, Weather Channel meteorologist (and apparent Katy Perry superfan)
“She owned that map like the ’4th of July’ … a ‘Firework’ of a meteorologist! Nothing ‘hot then cold’ about it…she was ‘louder than a lion’ and a ‘champion’ when it came to pointing and calling out city names and their conditions!”