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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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Burning Hot: Heat Danger on the Playgrounds

Yes, even at local playgrounds - the hot weather is a problem.  At first I thought this story was going to be a silly outcry to alarm parents and give us all one more worry.  But as the mother of four children, this story definitely changed my approach to a hot summer day at the park!  Like many moms, I tell my kids to keep their shoes on... but they can flip them off in just seconds.  So now, more than ever... we will be looking for a park in the shade.  As I found out the high temperatures can turn some equipment and surfaces red hot making it seriously dangerous for young children.  On Thrusday afternoon, temperatures in NYC were baking at 95 degrees – everyone was looking to stay cool but still enjoy the first full day of summer.  NYC Park Advocates were also at the park to warn parents that young children can be burned on their hands, feet, and legs by simply walking or playing on the hot surfaces.  See the story here on 7Online with Meteorologist Amy Freeze  

Young Girl burned in 2010 on hot Playground during the Summer

At 84th and East End on the Upper East Side at Carl Schurz Park kids were running through the splash pad and then fleeing the cool water in barefeet onto blazing hot surfaces.  Parents realize the temperatures might but hot but Upper East Side parent Elizabeth Langston said she had no idea her child could get burned, “it’s so hot u could fry an egg!  My littlest one took ger shoes off and quickly came back, it hurts.”

NYC Park Advocate Geoffrey Court says the close to 1000 NYC playgrounds all have equipment that is not tested for heat safety.  “With temps like today, a small child can get a serious burn in seconds,”  Court says as he clocked surface temperatures at 164 degrees on Catbird Playground.  He says each year more than a dozen children are treated in the City's three burn centers for injuries suffered on playground surfaces – which doesn’t count the other burn accidents that might happen on a playground and then be treated at home, at the doctor or even the emergency room.   It’s happening more often and more seriously than parents realize he says. 

Here’s one tragic event.  An Upper East Side child 18 month old William Casson (photo below) was in his barefeet burned at Catbird playground and suffered serious burns.  See the story here on 7Online with Meteorologist Amy Freeze


Despite years of parents calling for the city to address this public health and safety issue, the city continues to install products that reach dangerous temperatures in warmer weather. The Parks Department spends tens of millions of dollars in playground renovations annually, but to date it does not test materials for the heat they may generate. The city relies on safety standards, in part, created by the American Society for Testing Materials, which also does not test for heat.

With the temperature expected to reach triple digits across the City again today, NYC Park Advocates offers the following tips:

1. Avoid playgrounds with black safety surfacing, unless they have complete shade coverage.

2. Avoid metal surfaces like slides.

3. Avoid artificial turf fields in the sun.

4. Drink lots of liquids.

5. Use spray showers, pools and water features.

6. Seek shade.

7. Participate in non-strenuous activities.

In case of emergencies, seek immediate medical treatment, or call 911.


Meteorologist Amy Freeze


Hot as a Home Run Derby

It's as Hot as a Home Run Derby!

Right now in Bronx at Yankee Stadium the temperature is above 90 dgrees with a moerate to high humidity.  This is what we call Home Run weather for Baseball!

This Yankees Games has 8 Home Runs between the two teams so Far... Higher temperature means lower air density which means less drag. In Baseball, an extra 10 degrees F in temperature might be worth about 4'-5' on a long fly ball.


Neglecting weather for a moment, here are some Physics to consider for the game.  When a baseball is flying freely through the air it is affected by two major forces:  Gravity and Friction.  Gravity pulls the ball down and has the same affect on every ball.  But in the case of friction (or drag force) there is variability depending on the properties of the air it’s flying through, properties like air temperature, pressure and humidity... which brings us back to the WEATHER!

The temperature, pressure and humidity will work together to change the density of the air. The less dense the air, the less air molecules are around to exert their drag force on the ball and would therefore result in a greater distance of flight!  Home Run!

Molecules are spread out during high temperatures and hot weather giving a baseball less resistence while traveling through the air. In cold weather, molecules and more dense, thus, making it harder for the baseball to travel.  Here's a way to have it make sense as the principle applies to water:  In really cold water, the liquid can turn to ice... the molecules are dense - try putting you hand through ice and it's difficult.  But in warm water, there is less denisty and less resistance.

Hottest Baseball Game Ever Played:

July 24th 2010 at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies hosted the Colorado Rockies and the high temperature reached 106 degrees  

I'm gonna look up and see if there were any home runs that day!

Meteorologist Amy Freeze







National Running Day: June 6th

It's about time Runners get their own day!  Of course, all banks were open... but just having the special day was fun ~ I'm always up for a celebration!  I joined NYRR President Mary Wittenberg, Olympian Des Davila, Ultra Marathoner Scott Jurek and other runners for a lap around the Central Park Resevoir.  The NYRR offered continuous laps in the park - passing a baton from 6am to 6pm and a chance for any runner BEGINNER to PRO to join in the Celebratory Relay!  It was so fun to meet new friends.


The New York Road Runners actually came up with this idea which is sweeping the nation!  Running clubs from coast to coast ran together to celebrate both pro runners and the new jogger.  It's even growing internationally!  In France - one group ran around the Eiffel Tower!  NYRR President Mary Wittenberg was busy from sun up to sun down celebrating with NYC Runners ages 9 to 99 years old!  Runday4


But the NYRR also took their running thrills to more than 2500 Pulic School Children who have reached a goal of running a collective 3.5 million miles... and you can tell they loved it by their smiles!  I remember my first run at Parkwood Elementary School in Jeffersonville, Indiana.  That one mile Fun Run was the beginning of a hobby that I truly love!  Happy National Running Day!


For more on this running day and to get some runner exclusives including freebies and discounts go to National Running Day.  www.runningday.org

Events like National Running Day are meant to build momentum for the sport of running and encourage runners to find the race of their choice!  WABC will be broadcast the ING NYC Marathon this November 2012  Who's In?


Meteorologist Amy Freeze is a 6-Time Marathoner



Pitch Revolves Around the Weather: Mets Starter RA Dickey

The Forecast is on his side at CitiField where there is summer humidity & breezes off the Bay!DickeyamyLast Knuckleballer in MLB RA Dickey with Meteorologist Amy Freeze at CitiField in Queens, NY

Mets Pitcher Robert Allen Dickey says he’s heard hitters say “it’s like trying to eat Jello with chopsticks.” But throwing the knuckleball is so complex, Dickey is the only man in Major League Baseball still doing it. “It’s like trying to throw a butterfly into a mailbox,” is his best analogy. “I represent the very last one. I’m the only one in the Major Leagues. And it’s kinda lonely.”

The pitch is not fast like the 90+ mph balls being thrown in the Majors. The speed is usually 65 to 80 mph, but it wiggles and zags so much that it can move up to two feet before crossing the strike zone. Not everyone is built to master such a tricky pitch. It’s more of a push, of sorts. The baseball is gripped with the fingernails of the pitchers index and middle fingers. Dickey says, it’s best thrown with average size hands, and a gigantic understanding of the physical laws of the atmosphere. “I grip the ball in an effort to take spin completely off the ball… when I throw it and it comes at you, you can read it the writing on baseball if I’ve done it right. Then the wind resistance on the seams creates a chaotic type of break and the hitter cannot recognize it,” Dickey says. But along with a good throw, the weather must be right. Rain is no good to grip the ball, but a dry forecast allows him to grip the ball with his fingernails. Accuweather 7Day Forecast

Dickey says, “Water moisture rain light drizzle that’s my enemy.” He says the worst weather places to play are Colorado because of the high altitude and Arizona because of the extreme heat - the best place is Citifield in Flushing, Queens where there is a summer full of humidity and a light breeze off the Bay. “When you throw a good one in perfect weather… it moves late and abruptly. It’s darting like a bumble bee,” says Dickey.     Link to 7OnlineSports

*This week he got his his third career shutout — first this season. This month he also became the first Met to record back-to-back double-digit strikeout performances since Pedro Martinez 2006*

The erractic pitch Dickey throws is a mimic of his life in many ways - full of twists and turns. He wrote a detailed account in a new book “Wherever I Wind Up,” where he reveals a dark childhood secret of abuse, his reckless, risk taking moments that almost killed him and how he nearly lost his baseball dreams. Dickey credits his wife Anne and their beautiful family (who currently live on Long Island) for his journey of personal redemption which he says simultaneously brought him success on the mound. “The more I grew as a human being the better I got at my craft the more willing I was to task risks and trust the outcome.”


Personally, I found Dickey’s book so good I read it in one sitting. I was immediately invested in his stories and emotional ups and downs.  His revelation of being victimized as a child was a blunt account of his pain more than 20 years ago -  his ability to share the story and convey his experience is very authentic. I felt the regret as he recalled reckless moments taking life threatening and unnecessary risks as a younger man. And my heart sank as he recounted the moments when his life long dream to play Major League Baseball nearly slipped away. But most of all, I could relate to his very real struggle to chose security for his wife and 4 children or ask them to sacrifice as he risked everything to achieve his dreams. Meeting him in person, he is just as real. He may be on the verge of a All Star year as a professional baseball player, but he’s also an inspirational person with depth and wisdom that is pitching hope to anyone willing to read his story. No matter what sport or team you love, RA Dickey is a man worth cheering for!

Meteorologist Amy Freeze


RA Dickey and Family