Cat interrupts weather forecast and becomes the star of the show

Weatherman Jeff Lyons, like many of us, has been working from home.

But life has gotten in the way of Jeff doing his job. And by life we mean his cat.

Betty the naughty kitty has been interrupting his weather forecasts and refusing to get out of the way.

So Jeff has decided to pick Betty up and let her be part of the show.

Naturally, Betty the weather cat has become the star she was born to be.

Now Jeff, who has been the chief Meteorologist at WFIE-TV 14News in Indiana for the past 34 years, has to do his forecasts with Betty in tow.

‘You’re tuning in to watch the cat, I realise that, but it’s going to be cold tonight,’ Jeff jokes in his video clips.

We caught up with the weather veteran who says he’s glad to bring smiles to people’s faces.

‘I began working from home when the Covid-19 social distancing began here in mid-March,’ Jeff tells

‘It has been interesting and challenging at times, but also a lot of fun.

‘My cat, Betty, usually hangs around when I am working. My wife, three kids and I have spoiled Betty with lots of love and attention in her 11 years.

‘One evening, when I was doing the weather in my dining room, Betty wandered in, so I picked her up to show the viewers.

‘That was last week, and now we hear from people around the world!’

Jeff reckons people enjoy watching Betty on their screens so much because the news is so depressing at the moment.

And as most people aren’t going outside anyway, they’re unaffected by the weather (sorry, Jeff).

‘People like having a distraction during this time, and they are begging to see more Betty!’ added Jeff.

‘I figure it’s the least we can do if it will make people happy.

‘I’ve worked in local TV for 34 years, and have never experienced anything quite like this, but I’m glad we can cheer folks up.’

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