Hurricane forecasters: Unpredictable paths to fame

By TAMARA LUSHAssociated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - We see them on TV, braving hurricanes, flooding and tornadoes.

Delivering the weather has put a whole new group of celebrities on the national radar: meteorologists. But what path did they take to become so well known? For some, it was a childhood obsession with storms; for others, it was a fortuitous but unpredictable turn of events.

With the Atlantic hurricane season opening Sunday, TV viewers nationwide could see a lot more of these three men if a storm hits: Jim Cantore and Bryan Norcross of The Weather Channel, and Max Mayfield, the retired director of the National Hurricane Center in Miami.

Cantore and Norcross say they deliberately entered the field of weather forecasting; Mayfield became an accidental TV personality following Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

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