Alex Sosnowski

Well, I first became interested in the weather in the 1960s while watching giant snowstorms in the Northeast. I was at an aunt's house in "Weatherly" Pennsylvania during a vicious thunderstorm that dropped 3 inches of pea-sized hail. We made snow cones! Lightning hit a telephone pole in the back of the house; another strike hit a pole in the front of the house. A year or two later my home was destroyed by the swollen waters of the Susquehanna River during Agnes in 1972 in Kingston, Pa. So, I guess God was trying to tell me something. I remember hearing Elliot Abrams and John Kocet on WARM radio in Scranton soon after that, as well as seeing Dr. Joel Myers, Dr. Joe Sobel, Elliot and Mike Steinberg on Weather World in the mid-1970s… which pretty much solidified the whole deal.

I also remember having a terrifying experience when I hit a patch of black ice on I-80, while driving from University Park to my parents place in the early '80s. I was a student at PSU at the time and was having second thoughts about meteorology earlier that week. The experience changed my mind for good. I thought 'why weren't these roads treated?' I felt I had to do something about it… to save people's lives by keeping them safe and forewarned.

First CD/DVD you ever bought?
Electric Light Orchestra's Greatest Hits
What made you choose weather/meteorology/broadcasting as a career?
I lost my home as a young teenager during a flood.
Weirdest job you've ever held?
Collecting rainfall samples in the middle of the night at PSU Hazleton Campus. It really ticked off the R/A. I had to take samples on the roof of the dorm, climbing up and down the ladder in the room next to the R/A.
Favorite sports team? Philadelphia Eagles/Phillies/Flyers/Sixers... in that order.
Music? I will listen to just about anything.
Movie genre? Epics/Science Fiction/Biography
Any weird talents?
Yard crasher… Ripping out shrubs/landscape beds to plant new/nicer ones.
Right or left handed?
Lefty
Last movie you watched/book you read?
"Toy Story 3"…I had tears in my eyes at the end! Favorite Movie: "Phar Lap."
Favorite day of the year?
Sunday… good workout/stress-free day.
Celebrity you (or other people) think you resemble? Chevy Chase maybe?
Who would play you in a movie? Clint Eastwood
Song you hate the most?
"Cocaine" by Eric Clapton. They played this song over and over again at Jr./Sr. prom in high school.
Any superstitions you believe/practice?
Sitting in the same spot as usual while watching an Eagles game.
Favorite/most addictive form of social media?
Facebook
If you could go back or forward in time, where would you go?
1980s… lots of time to bike then.
Favorite Kevin Bacon movie?
"Apollo 13"
Coffee or Tea?
Coffee…. Tea is for wusses!
Do you "label" yourself any certain stereotype?
I hate smoking/excessive drinking.
What's a word you say a lot?
Blizzard. LOL
Favorite age you have been so far?
24… when I never seemed to get tired.
Your current desktop picture?
Tropical fish.
Most influential person in your life?
Eric Heiden and the gang from 7-Eleven Cycling.
Favorite season?
Spring
What is your earliest memory?
My parents crying when JFK was shot. I was 2½.
PC or MAC?
Used to be MAC, now PC.
What kind of tree or animal would you be?
Oak… it lasts a long time.
If you were a car – What kind would you be?
Dodge Challenger... a really cool underdog.
If you could be any fictional character – who would you be?
The Terminator
What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
Veggies, wine, milk, cheese, spaghetti, sauerkraut, kielbasa.
One meal for the rest of your life – what would it be?
Lasagna.
Hobbies / Special Interests / If Golf, what's your Handicap?
Bowling… average 193. Cycling too, but unfortunately not much time for that these days. Raising tropical fish... I have four tanks at home.
Favorite place to vacation?
Cape May, N.J. / Lake Seneca, N.Y.

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