Partnership Between BJC and KMOV Provides Enhanced View of Severe Weather
A new partnership between BJC and KMOV News Channel 4 aims to improve the safety of people living throughout the St. Louis region and beyond.
The BJC SkyCam network provides a real-time look at weather in the St. Louis area. The KMOV weather team will be able to broadcast from cameras mounted on BJC hospital locations throughout the St. Louis metro area, offering an additional safety measure against dangerous weather.
“Radar provides a good indication of what’s going on, but it does have its limitations,” says Steve Templeton, chief meteorologist for KMOV in St. Louis. “Being able to actually see what’s happening is much more valuable, especially during inclement weather.”
Templeton says he believes the partnership between BJC and KMOV may help to save lives. “When you can actually see a storm or tornado moving into your area, you know you need to go to a safe place. The cameras definitely add clarity to what’s happening in the moment.”
According to Templeton, a majority of the storm systems that hit the St. Louis area pass through from the west. “The way our BJC SkyCam network is positioned can give us a very real picture of what is headed our way,” he says. “The KMOV meteorologists in the studio will be monitoring all of the SkyCam cameras, so even while I’m on the air, they may switch to one of the cameras to show our viewers exactly what’s happening, as it happens.”
June Fowler, BJC senior vice president, says the idea behind sponsoring the cameras is to help BJC carry out its mission of serving the community. “As we have seen across the country in recent years, weather can have a tremendous impact on the health of a region,” Fowler says. “The BJC SkyCam network is just one more way BJC can continue to support our communities.”
View the BJC SkyCam cameras on KMOV.com >>