Central to KVNU radio’s charter in eight decades of broadcasting is reporting events in the valley — in essence compiling a day-to-day history of Cache Valley — and the weather is vital to that responsibility.
Thursday, Alex DeSmet, meteorologist with the National Weather Service out of Pocatello, Idaho, presented morning host Al Lewis a certificate recognizing his 45 years compiling the weather numbers at KVNU, which was long ago designated the valley’s official weather reporting station.
“It has always been important to provide our listeners updated weather forecasts and accurate records over the years,” said Lewis. “It has been a part of my responsibility at the station, along with others, to compile those records.
“Keeping that history current allows us to go back through the decades and compute things like average daytime high temperatures and record high and low temperatures for every day.
“From that history we can tell you what the temperature was a year ago today, for example.”
He said it has been a natural part of his morning show routine to compile the numbers and each day submit a copy of a form to the National Weather Service; something that is now done electronically.
“I was surprised by the recognition. It is a nice honor.”
Lewis will also be recognized for his 45 years of broadcasting on May 25th by the Utah Broadcasters Association. Lewis, along with Jennie Christensen, will be inducted into the Utah Broadcasters Hall of Fame during a special ceremony at the Riverwoods Conference Center in Logan.