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Thanks for Sending Your Questons and Pictures Amy.e.Freeze@abc.com




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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People and Pets Don't Belong

Breaking News about a close call with a child left in a hot car.... 7Online

Last summer I covered the hottest day of the summer live in Newark, NJ.  It was so hot I fried an egg inside a car and baked cookies on the dashboard.  A car can literally turn into an oven in summer heat.  The experiments were fun and an illustration of the intense heat.  But there is nothing funny or light hearted about people or pets being left inside of hot cars as the temperatures rise.  It's not just uncomfortable, it is often terribly unsafe and even deadly.


The National Weather Service Child Safety Tips for Heat

  • Make sure your child's safety seat and safety belt buckles aren't too hot before securing your child in a safety restraint system, especially when your car has been parked in the heat.
  • Never leave your child unattended in a vehicle, even with the windows down.
  • Teach children not to play in, on, or around cars.
  • Always lock car doors and trunks--even at home--and keep keys out of children's reach.
  • Always make sure all children have left the car when you reach your destination. Don't leave sleeping infants in the car ever!

How Hot it Can Get In a Car STUDY and CHARTS

Inside a car on a summer day can be far hotter than it is outside, in just a matter of minutes. That's because a car acts like a greenhouse, trapping the sun's heat. By 10 am on a 90 degree day, the temperature can jump to 115 degrees in less than 20 minutes.  The temperature increases happen very quickly EVEN when a window is cracked. 

A study by the Animal Protection Institute showed that even moderately warm temperatures outside can
quickly lead to deadly temperatures inside a closed car. The study, conducted during a local heat wave, compared an outside temperature of a shaded area with the inside of an automobile in three states: fully closed, with four windows cracked, and with two windows cracked. Inside temperatures were measured with an indoor/outdoor thermometer and an oven thermometer (both readings are given).   

CARS are too dangerous for leaving kids or pets, Don't Ever do it for any reason!


Meteorologist Amy Freeze



Running into an Artist on Riverside Path

CAPTURED!  Artist on the Hudson Riverside Running Path

Storms come and go.  The River brings the wood.  The Artist finds his medium.  The runner wanders by and wonders...  Who the heck takes wood knocked over by a storm and carried down river and turns it into an art display?   I found him! 

I run along the Hudson on Riverside Park and for the last year I've been taking pictures of these mysterious sculptures crafted out of driftwood... I run early and late and everywhere in between but I have never seen them being assembled...I have asked the neighbors, the sailors, the park rangers, and I even left a note on one of them one time!  But today I caught him in the act... the artist was pulling driftwood by bicycle up the path!  

"Is it you?" I asked as I ran up in a full sprint.  "It's me, you caught me," as if he knew how elusive he has been for people who travel the Riverside Bike and Running Path.  I caught Howard pulling driftwood from the beach by George Washington Bridge (where the biggest pieces wash up) and he was taking it south down by Chelsea Pier.  His artwork, which is basically, driftwood put into special shapes, can been seen from the GWB down to Chelsea Pier.  Until now, I don't think anyone has revealed him!  But this is not a case closed... I asked him when he builds, he says usually at night....  But, get this, upon further questioning he says he has discovered some art *NOT* made by him... an imposter, a copy cat, or an inspired young budding artist? 

Howard www.artbygoddriftwood.com



Meteorologist Amy Freeze