Working as a newscaster can’t be easy. Not only do you have to be “on” in front of all the people watching at home – but you also have to try and keep your composure, even when unpredictable situations occur.
There are lots of comical videos of news reporters being put to the test on live TV. From dogs running onto the set, to having to report on funny stories that are impossible not to laugh at.
For Global BC Meteorologist, Kristi Gordon, she got the surprise of her life one day while delivering the weather forecast.
Kristi was standing in front of the green screen at their studio, no different than any other time. There had been a “Rainfall Warning” – and she was sharing it with the audience at home during the Noon News.
If you’ve ever watched the weather segment of a newscast, then you may have wondered how exactly they do it. It’s actually quite interesting!
In an article by Spectrum News, they explained:
“A green screen is more commonly referred to in the TV business as a chromakey. It is a vertical wall or section that is converted green, sometimes by paint, sometimes with a sheet.
Here’s how it works: The term chromakey comes from the process of isolating the color green and using computer software to make anything that is green invisible or transparent. Since anything green is now see-through, the key allows for another image to show up in those green areas. In the case of meteorologists, we choose to put weather graphics in that slot, but any image can be transposed.”
So back to Weather Woman Kristi.
Here she is, giving viewers a report on rainfall – when all of a sudden she gets the shock of her life. It starts when she hits the button on her controller to flip the image on the screen.
A beautiful view from outside then shows up, but with it, something absolutely TERRIFYING can be seen…
There’s a huge spider!
Kristi’s knees immediately buckle a little and she dashes out of the way. The spider appeared to be right on top of her head – so understandably she yells, “Oh my gosh, that was creepy!” as she makes her escape.
Out of instinct, she plays with her hair to make sure no spiders have made a home in it. Although Kristi realizes that the giant bug is really just on the camera, she hilariously can’t control her reactions!
When the spider comes crawling closer to the center of the screen, frightened Kristi screams and runs around the set. For the weather woman, it was like a horror movie come to life!
For any person, seeing a spider larger than your head would likely cause the sweats. However, some people have a deeper fear of spiders called arachnophobia.
Medicine Net defines it as:
“An abnormal and persistent fear of spiders. Sufferers from arachnophobia experience undue anxiety, even though they realize that the risk of encountering a spider and being harmed by it is small or nonexistent. They may avoid going barefoot and may be especially alert when taking showers or getting into and out of bed.”
Poor Kristi’s forced to try and get herself together, all while her fellow reporters chuckle at her dramatic reaction. One woman assures her, “Kristi, it’s not in the room, it’s okay!”
Logic isn’t always there, however, when it comes to our fears. For Kristi, thinking she was being attacked by a humongous spider was just a tad bit too much.
It’s a weather report you certainly don’t see every day – and you can watch it below!
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