"Weather can be both beautiful and beastly in the same hour," he says. "It kills us that we can't control it."
What we can do, says the man who has seen 98 hurricanes in his tenure and spends an average of 30 to 40 days in the field from August to mid-October covering storms, is stay prepared. You already know to have a supply kit at the ready and to fill your gas tank when those computer satellites envision a sea of troubles ahead.
Cantore also suggests one important pre-storm call: "Get your insurance adjuster to explain all that jargon in your policy."
Cantore's fascination with meteorology began in childhood — the Weather Channel is his only job after graduating from
"We used to [stand in storms] at the top and bottom of the hour," he says of his on-air life before the 24-hour news cycle. "Now the agenda is to be out there for the whole storm. It's exhausting and presents a lot more dangers." (Hence the body armor he wears when things get roughest.)
True, such bravery has earned him nicknames like "the John Wayne of weather," but he's also a target of ire for, in a sense, bringing the bad weather: "People say, 'It's never good when you show up in my city!'"