GREEN BAY (NBC 26) — Cameron Moreland’s career with NBC 26 started in 1996, just months after the station launched its first newscast ever.
“We dropped off the tape at NBC 26," Moreland reflected. "And when we got home, I got a phone call, and they offered me the job, just like that. It was crazy.“
From working the weekends, to early mornings, Cameron became our chief meteorologist in 2001, and soon the official Packers weatherman.
“My forecast was going to be going through Lambeau Field before the game when the players are on the field and fans are in the stands," said Moreland. "The Packers and the weather go hand-in-hand, and it’s such a big deal. I was going to be part of that. It was just absolutely incredible.“
Through the three-degree guarantee, Cameron has helped raise almost $200,000 for nonprofits all over our area.
“Three-degree guarantee here in Northeast Wisconsin? That’s going to be impossible!" he remembered people thinking when he first suggested the segment. "I mean, we’ve got the Bay, Lake Michigan, we’ve got down-sloping, all these different micro-climates that just kind of come together here in the Fox Valley, and it was like, that’s going to be terrible, it’s going to look awful, we’re going to be missing it all the time.“
Some things have changed over the past 25 years.
“When we first started NBC 26, no Facebook, no Twitter, no Instagram, no iPhone, nothing like that," said Moreland. "I was basically just getting my first cell phone at the time, now we can’t live without them. I don’t even know what I would do with all that time back then that I now use for social media.“
But some will always remain the same.
“Hundreds of people have come in and out of the doors of NBC 26 over the last 25 years," he said. "But we’ve always been able to just put together such a great team all working in the same direction to deliver the best product for our viewers here in Northeast Wisconsin.“
For Cameron, the most rewarding part of the job is hearing from viewers.
“An 11-year-old girl up in Oconto County who wrote me a letter and told me, 'Thank you for letting me know and my family that there was a tornado coming towards our house. I feel like if we weren’t watching you, then we would’ve gone crazy,'" he recalled.
Another one of his favorite NBC 26 moments includes the blizzard of 2018.
“I remember going out on a limb and forecasting really hefty totals that just seemed crazy to me," he said. "And then to see that it actually came true and we got the storm of the century, our biggest storm in over 100 years, and just how amazing that was with the thunder and the lightning and heavy snow blizzard conditions and drift that were ten to 15 feet high, that was probably overall my favorite weather event since I’ve been here.“
As for Cameron's infamous tie collection, our Chief Meteorologist guesses he currently owns around 60 unique Packers ties.
"I think it’s a world record, it’s got to be a Guinness Book of World Records, for most Packers ties in a private collection, I would think," he said, laughing.
One thing to look forward to this year: for every single Packers Game Day Forecast at Lambeau Field, Cameron will wear a tie that he’s never worn before on air.
“We fell in love with Northeast Wisconsin," said Moreland. "The community is fantastic. The people, amazing. And the weather is incredible, I mean, I really enjoy forecasting the weather here, because you know the old saying goes, 'If you don’t like the weather in Wisconsin, just wait a minute.'"