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Amy Freeze is Meteorologist for WABC-TV's popular Eyewitness News Saturday and Sunday Morning.

Amy is one of only a few women in the world who has earned the prestigious Certified Broadcast Meteorologist accreditation from the American Meteorological Society. She also holds Seals of Approval from both the AMS and the National Weather Association.

Get your New York City weather and Tri-State area AccuWeather forecast here on 7online!

Amy joined Channel 7's Eyewitness News Weather Team in 2011, after serving as Chief Meteorologist for Fox News in Chicago. Before that she was a meteorologist at Philadelphia's WCAU-TV, was morning meteorologist at KMGH-TV in Denver and worked on KPTV's local morning news program "Good Day Oregon" in Portland. Her work has earned her several Emmy Awards, including for "Best Weathercaster," "Outstanding Host" and for her weather special, "Surviving Severe Weather."

Amy holds a Masters Degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Pennsylvania. She earned her B.A. in Communications from Brigham Young University, with an emphasis on Broadcast Journalism. She also has a B.S. in Geosciences from Mississippi State University, with an emphasis on Severe Weather and Forecasting.

An avid runner, Amy has completed marathons in Colorado, Illinois, Pennsylvania, California and New York, completing the New York City Marathon in 2002 and 2011. She's also a certified SCUBA diver and has taken a swim with the dozen or so 300lb sharks that reside at the New Jersey State Aquarium. She has reported on movies and entertainment, covered the Olympic Games in Salt Lake City and Atlanta, and was the first female sideline reporter for Major League Soccer.  Amy also worked on the NFL Sidelines during Chicago Bears Games for four seasons.

Amy gives time to her community speaking to school children about weather and supporting charitable causes. She has emceed the Miss Illinois/Miss America Pageant in Chicago, the Miles to Fight Melanoma Race and won Chicago's "Dancing with the Stars" contest benefitting the March of Dimes.

Born in Utah and raised Southern Indiana, Amy has lived in eight states. She is married and lives on the Upper West Side with her four children.

And yes, "Freeze" is her real name!

 

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09/26/2012

Perfect Weather for Flying Down 5th

#TEAMABC7 had a great showing at New York Road Runners 5th Ave. Mile

Our Jay Holder got first place in the Media Heat!  All 7 members of our team finished in 8 minutes or less!

Check out the photos!  Continue all the hard work for your training for the ING MARATHON 2012  WABC-TV will broadcast the race on Nov. 4th!

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Our team, Meteorologist Jeff Smith, Producer Jay Holder, Photographer John Sprei, Viewer Catie Canetti, Meteorologist Amy Freze, Trainer Jeff Halevy, Viewer Nelson Aspen

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Fitness Trainer Jeff Halevy from www.HalevyLife.com

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Post Race Entertainment...I can double dutch... it's much harder than running the mile down 5th in 6:35!!!


 

09/20/2012

Ideal Forecast for Mets Pitcher Favored for Cy Young

SEE THE STORY HERE ON 7online.

It’s a pitch so fickle, even the weather can mess it up.  But with the success of Mets Pitcher RA Dickey and his knuckleball this season, even Hollywood has taken interest.   A documentary debuting tonight in NY features the much-doubted, yet still-celebrated KNUCKLEBALL.  Meteorologist Amy Freeze found out why this is a story beyond baseball... and how the Knuckleball may get its very first Cy Young award.

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Tricky. Magic. Even called a circus act. Not many trust nor believe in it. Back in May - RA Dickey told Amy Freeze his pitch even depends on the wind.  And the knuckleball has never been tied to baseball’s greatest pitching award.

Former Knuckleballer Phil Niekro said, "There’s never been a knukleball pitcher win the Cy Young, never."   The concept behind a new movie about the pitch is that it actually could be a metaphor for beating the odds. Doing something that others say cannot be done, that’s what “Knuckleball” documentary implies. 

These two Manhattan filmmakers Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg rallied a dwindling group of pitchers to film a story that celebrates the underdog. Stern says the knuckleballers in the movie share a brotherhood and a commonality of "what it took to overcome obstacles to pursue their dreams.  We thinks it’s universal story in that way.”

 At Soho's MLB Batcave RA Dickey met with aspiring pitchers who want to throw the same pitch that he is having so much success with right now.  RA actually took a huge risk in his 30s to change his pitching style to something that no other pitcher is trying right now in MLB.   He said, "the lure is that is looks asy.  throwing 65-70 mph people say I could maybe do that… but reality is tough… really difficult to take spin off a ball so that a hitter cannot hit it." 

The pitch is complex.  The grip.  The unpredictability.  A hang nail can disrupt it.  Even rain storms are dangerous to its succes.  But things have gone RA Dickey's way… even the forecasts have helped his record.   "Weather has been pretty cooperative… just Atlanta with the rain early in the season then one hot home game that was incredibly humid with no wind.  So, just 2 of 30 starts the weather affected me." 

When it is slicing the atmosphere just right,  former Red Sox Knuckleballer Tim Wakefield says baseball’s most disrespected pitch can leave hitters squirming.  " I remember Derek Jeter used to do this (shake his hands) to me all the time when he struck out." The pitch bothered some hitters.

Dickey found his biggest success with strikeouts against Baltimore this season, but "Jayosn Werth had hit off me previously, so when I did strike him out,  I was, on the inside, doing a fist pump!"

The "Knuckleball" documentary reveals what happens when the pitch goes wrong.  But in real life, there could be a “made for movie” ending.  His comrads in the knuckleball club are confident Dickey could be the first knuckleballer to ever take home the biggest prize in MLB pitching awards.  Tim Wakefield, "Yes on the record, it’s good enough to win. I believe he should win a Cy Young award this year. Phil Niekro, "Tight now we’re looking for him to win it. He’s got my vote all the way.

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Meteorologist Amy Freeze

09/13/2012

"The Last Kiss"

VIDEO OF THE LAST KISS STORY HERE

Director Ron Howard's latest film project has a Brooklyn man scrambling to find 4 people he took a picture of on August 16th  The hunt is as wild as a movie script itself.   I interviewed the local photographer who's in a frenzy to search for people photographed in "The Last Kiss."

A pic may be worth a thousand words but This one could be a Hollywood movie.  

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 Mo Gebler / Brooklyn Photographer

 
This candid Bonnie and Clyde could make one man a winner in a national photo contest. Out of work Brooklyn photog Mo Gelber is now Desperately tracking down his subjects. Gelber has less than 24 hours.  The officers Have agreed to sign. He's lookin for 28 Alexis creque and 26 years old Russell Murphy who have not been found.  In fact, the man is still in jail. 

The crime of the lovebirds? They are accused of graffiti here on Eldridge Street. The young man allegedly tagged the well known line CASH4.  Gebler says when he asked the handcuffed kissers their crime, the man replied "I was writing on other people's stuff." 

Gebler says he thinks the offense is no crime at all, but he's willing to go to Rykers to get the release signed! If Gebler  can't get signatures hell be disqualified. But he has a constellation in mind.  He's out of work, now that his photo has gone viral... he's hoping it will spark a job offer! 

He say the secret to getting a great candid is anticipation. Gebler says he was at Central Booking on another shoot when he looked up and say the handcuffed couple about to engage before being taken away, he says "it was their last kiss before being separated for who knows how long."

Update:  Mo Gebler was able to enter the contest called “Project Imaginat10n,” a collaboration between director Ron Howard and Canon Camera Company. Gebler says they called him a few days ago and said that a group of judges picked my photo along with nine or ten others as potential finalists.  He was able to secure all 4 signatures!   Oh!  and Mo got his first Profesional gig with the Daily News.  Congrats!  LOOK HERE  He wrote on his FB page the story of how it happened following his viral outbreak of "The Last Kiss." ((I got a call from Simone Weichselbaum , a reporter from the daily news.They were looking at my facebook page and saw some photos of interesting people and places in Brooklyn. They wanted to run some of the

photos and asked me to come in to their office with my laptop to give them the photos. When I walked in , I had a camera hanging off my neck.They asked me why ,and I said 'the camera does me no good in the bag, I always have to be ready.'  After I gave her the photos , she wanted me to meet the editor.While we were talking, the editor was interrupted a few times by phone calls and was trying to find a staff photographer to go with Simone on a local story.After a few phone calls, nobody was available and all eyes in the room looked at me and my camera. They asked me if I would do it. I said hell yeah ! ... My first assignment for the Daily News. I hope it leads to many more.))

Check out Mo's work on line...

Excerpt from "Good Culture" with Yasha Wallin:  "When Mo Gelber, an aspiring photojournalist, found himself in the right place at the right time—New York Central Booking—he captured the last moments between two lovers before being separated and charged with graffiti-related violations. With his shot Gelber entered a contest, which would turn a winning image into a film. But when Gelber realized he needed consent from the unknown couple, he spent a frenzied attempt via Facebook to find them. The story caught the media’s attention, yet no one seemed to get the facts right. Saturday was the deadline to get the couple’s sign off, and yesterday, as the winners of the contest were be made public, Gelber let us in on what really happened with the "last kiss." "

 

AMY FREEZE

09/09/2012

Rare Tornado Touchdowns in NYC

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*View from the Belt Parkway on Sept. 8th 2012

It's unusal but it's not unheard of... tornados can happen anywhere, anytime!  The squall line that moved through on September 8th was typical for late Summer, early Autumn in the Tri-state.  The cold front was well forecasted allowing plenty of time to prepare for the storms.  But ahead of the front, a strong southerly flow over a humid airmass spawned two tornadoes in Brooklyn and Queens. One happened in Canarsie Brooklyn: EF1 with 110 mph winds and the other in Breezy Point Queens: EF0 with 75 mph winds.  No one was hurt in the storm, but the damage ranged from structural home damage and trees down.

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Early warnings make all the difference.  And even though it's not common.  A tornado can happen during any thunderstorm, anywhere, and anytime.  It has happened before this storm outbreak, and it will happen again.

Just two years ago, (2010) a September storm system produced two tornados in Brooklyn and Queens as well.  However, there were in juries in those storms.

The strongest NYC tornado in recent history happened August 8, 2007 in Brooklyn,it was rated an EF2.

 

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*Dr.Forbes Tornado Frequency Chart NYC 

Peak tornado month:
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Total tornadoes since 1950:
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Strongest tornado:
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09/08/2012

High Rip Current Rip on High Risk Weekend

RIP CURRENT RISK 

ALERT! This weekend at NY and NJ Beaches!

It's tempting!  The beaches are less crowded.  It's hot.  And the water is just right with the temperature about 78 degrees.  But lurking in the Atlantic Ocean is tropical system Leslie - it's more than 700 miles off shore but it's still kicking up our surf.  Leslie's impact will cause rip currents on the East Coast.  The risk of going into the water is even higher because all of the lifeguards have left their post for the summer!

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NO LIFEGUARDS, INVITING WATER, HOT TEMPERATURES

.... BE CAREFUL

* LOCATIONS...ATLANTIC OCEAN BEACHES OF LONG ISLAND...BROOKLYN
  AND QUEENS.

* RIP CURRENT RISK...HIGH.

* SURF HEIGHT...4 TO 6 FT.

* TIMING...THROUGH THIS EVENING.

* OUTLOOK...THE HIGH RISK OF RIP CURRENTS WILL LIKELY CONTINUE
  THROUGH MONDAY AS SWELLS FROM DISTANT TROPICAL SYSTEM LESLIE
  AFFECT THE COAST. PLEASE REFER TO THE NATIONAL HURRICANE
  CENTER FOR FURTHER DETAILS ON LESLIE.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

RIP CURRENTS ARE POWERFUL CHANNELS OF WATER FLOWING QUICKLY AWAY
FROM SHORE...WHICH OCCUR MOST OFTEN AT LOW SPOTS OR BREAKS IN THE
SANDBAR AND IN THE VICINITY OF STRUCTURES SUCH AS GROINS...
JETTIES AND PIERS.

IF YOU BECOME CAUGHT IN A RIP CURRENT...DO NOT PANIC. REMAIN CALM
AND BEGIN TO SWIM PARALLEL TO SHORE. ONCE YOU ARE AWAY FROM THE
FORCE OF THE RIP CURRENT...BEGIN TO SWIM BACK TO THE BEACH. DO
NOT ATTEMPT TO SWIM DIRECTLY AGAINS

 

 

 

 

 

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