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The weather legend was born April 13, 1918



This week we remember a local legend who used a simple felt-tip marker to write his way into history: Nash Roberts, born in New Orleans on April 13, 1918 — 100 years ago this week. During more than six decades on local television, the man everyone called simply "Nash," became the city's first television weather forecaster. Over the years, viewers came to trust his forecasts so much that the question "What does Nash say?" was how many gauged the severity of an impending storm. Roberts served in the Navy during World War II, where he was the first meteorologist to fly into the eye of a typhoon to plot the storm. In 1948, Roberts was hired by WDSU-TV on a freelance basis to track the path of a hurricane. Three years later, he became the station's full-time meteorologist, the first TV weathercaster in the South. He spent 22 years at WDSU before moving to WVUE-TV and, in 1978, WWL-TV. He retired from nightly forecasting after 10 years at Channel 4 but stayed on as the station's hurricane expert. Roberts retired in 2001 and died in 2010.

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