Watch video above: Greyson Chu is Global’s newest junior meteorologist. Carey Marsden reports.
Twelve-year-old Greyson Chu spends two hours every day practicing karate.
Now he’s taking a shot at something else: the weather.
“When we learned about precipitation and condensation it’s really cool because you can predict the weather off the radar which is like predicting the future,” he said.
Chu is one of four winners selected for Global’s Junior Meteorologist contest. He heard about the contest while watching the Global News Hour at 5:30 with his parents.
“I’d be awesome for this and I need to this because I want to be on TV doing the weather,” he said.
“He’s a natural leader,” his dad, Thomas Chu said. “I think this is a good opportunity for him to do something special, maybe down the road.”
Charismatic is the one word many of his teachers and peers use to describe Chu. In his audition video to Global News, Chu was standing knee deep in snow wearing his suit and tie.
“I was freezing,” he says. “I think I had frostbite all the way down my arms,” he said.
Global News decided to surprise Chu with the announcement. A camera went to his school at David Leeder Middle School in Mississauga.
“And then the principal said my name, and I’m like, am I in trouble, did I do something wrong?”
The Principal announced in front of his band mates that Chu would be the helping Chief Meteorologist Anthony Farnell deliver Friday’s weather forecast.
“I was so happy for the rest of the day and I couldn’t stop thinking about it,” Chu said.
Chu is a big of fan of Farnell. He first saw him at the tree lighting ceremony at Mississauga Celebration Square last December.
“I kept on yelling hi Anthony and he kept on smiling and laughing and he said ‘hi’ once,” Chu said.
His mom nods at his excitement but admits he doesn’t always execute the weather at home.
“He’s not too bad,” Paula Chu said. “I don’t know how accurate he always is…but sometimes.”
Chu says he is going to wear the same suit he wore in his audition video. He says he knows to stay away from green clothes.
(Global News Hour uses a green screen in its studio. Any green clothing disappears)
“If I wear a green shirt I’m just going to be a floating head and arms and legs.”
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