Life isn’t always sunny, but Tim Adams’ disposition is. The KNDU weather forecaster and “Weather Guesser Extraordinaire” said his most important mission is to be as uplifting as possible.
“If there’s a way to make someone smile, I will,” he said. “Even if it’s a cloudy, stormy day, it’s good for someone. There’s always a silver lining.”
Adams said he approaches his forecast like he’s talking to his best friend. If he can make someone’s day or make someone smile, he will do it.
Those who watch Adams on KNDU are familiar with the way he talks to his audience just like they were in the room with him, and can probably guess he has a collection of joke books. But before he went on the air, Adams served in the Navy for 29 years, including active duty and in the Reserves. He traveled overseas to Bosnia and Eastern Europe and was part of the response after 9/11.
Viewers may have noticed the American flag he wears every day.
“As long as we have good men and women overseas giving their time and putting their lives on the line, we should respect them back here,” Adams said.
When Adams retired from the Navy, he became a news cameraman at KXLY in Spokane. He volunteered to help out when the station’s weather forecaster was out for the day, and discovered meteorology was the perfect combination of his passions: people, communications and science.
Although broadcasting encompassed most of his naval career, Adams pointed out that he was voted “most likely to be a scientist” at his middle school graduation.
Adams calls weather forecasting a mix of “science, art and skill.” He admits he doesn’t always get the forecast right, but he considers it like his game of golf: some days he wins, some days he loses.
“If I’m the one who figured out it was going to rain on the Fourth of July, I get excited,” he said with a laugh.
When he isn’t in front of the weather map, Adams keeps busy with his wife, Dorothy, their seven children and six grandchildren, and Columbia Center Rotary Club. He also has completed 30 full marathons, and this year was his 36th Lilac Bloomsday Run in Spokane.