Kathy Orr: Meteorologist and Mom
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Kathy Orr Meteorologist & Mom
"Isabella said to me the other day 'I think it's going to rain," said Kathy Orr, Emmy-award winning meteorologist for CBS 3's Eyewitness News Team.
Isabella, 5, may not know as much as Orr
does about the changing weather patterns and the unpredictability of precipitation, but maybe on
When William was born, Isabella, or, as Orr
, Bell, wanted to call him "sticky."
relishes the time she
spends with her
"I spend all my free time with them," Orr
"Even on Saturday nights we're having other families over."
husband, Peter, is staying at home
for a couple years from his
career as an insurance salesman so they can spend more time together as a family, but they both juggle the responsibilities of raising children.
"It's turned out really well," Orr
They also have their little rituals like when Orr
does "the pick up" at Isabella's school.
"My time off is so precious," Orr
"When the weather is really quiet I might be able to scoot home and tuck her
in. It's always a big surprise so that's always fun."
A typical day off for the family might involve playing in the park on swing sets and jungle gyms in Moorestown, N.J. where they now live.
Or they might go on hikes or swimming.
Kathy Orr and Kids
"They love to swim at the Y," Orr
The one thing Orr and her
family can't wait for is the summer.
Ever since she
was a little girl growing up in Syracuse, N.Y. she
family would trek all the way to Cape May, N.J. for summer vacations.
"My parents fell in love with it," Orr
love of the shore doesn't end at lounging around at the beach watching the waves crash onto the sand.
received recognition from the New Jersey Governor's Office in 2003 for her
"Orr at the Shore" series of summer reports on a variety of shore-related topics, like the turtles of Sea Isle City, which is where the turtles migrate.
"It was bringing awareness to environmental issues at the shore," Orr
"We had a project going with Rutgers University
that we're doing again this year involving sea surface temperature, which is information that helps everyone from beachgoers to fishermen.
The wind drives a lot of the changes in ocean temperature.
We did a whole marine effort with them."
The one thing you may not know about Orr
is that her
first appearance on television wasn't forecasting the weather; she
was a contestant on MTV's
first non-musical program, Remote Control.
"They came to Syracuse and they had auditions," Orr
Several years ago, the station and Orr
taught children across the region about what the life of a meteorologist is like with CBS's
community project, Kidcasters.
The program gave children the opportunity to make a live appearance on a CBS
"We used to do it in the malls and every Saturday
would be a different mall," Orr