A weatherman’s cat stole the show when she decided to show up during his broadcast. But this isn’t her first time making an appearance. Ever since her debut back in April, people from all different continents are tuning into the broadcasts to see if she’ll pop up again.
Jeff Lyons, who is the Chief Meteorologist at WFIE-TV, had a guest sneak up on him and became the center of attention. His cat Betty was persistent and became a great addition to his forecast. “Betty was under the dining room table during one weathercast, and the director asked to see her, so I held her up for the camera,” he said in a conversation with Bored Panda, “We just had the final 30-second weather to do, so I kept her in my arms just for fun…little did I know!”
The attention that Betty has brought is more than he had expected but he’s open to it. He explained to Bored Panda, “The outpouring for this silly cat has been crazy. I’ve spent 34 years in local TV as a meteorologist, so I am used to being known around this area (southern Indiana), but this is something that has really thrown me for a loop!”
Betty has been with the Lyons family for over a decade and she wasn’t adopted, she just appeared on their windowsill. He told the website, “Betty just showed up on our windowsill about 11 years ago. My daughter, who was 10 at the time, begged to keep her. I had always had cats growing up, so it was an easy sell, plus, I’m a softie!”
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, he’s been working from home, which is why Betty continues to find her way into the broadcasts.
He’s also home with his whole family for the foreseeable future. “My wife of 31 years and I have 3 kids, Natalie 21, Justin 24 and Patrick 27. All are home at the moment, as they paused university and jobs. We feel fortunate that we have this time together, and pray for those affected by the virus. We live in hope—like everyone–that this will pass soon,” he told Bored Panda.