A strong winter storm classified as a “bomb cyclone” hit Philadelphia on Thursday, dumping four inches of snow at Philadelphia International Airport and creating near-blizzard conditions at the Jersey Shore
Many in the Philadelphia region were happy to see the storm pass through and head further into the Northeast, but few more than Jessica Tara Cox, wife of Anaheim Angels slugger and Millville, N.J., native Mike Trout.
Jim Cantore, The Weather Channel’s most recognizable meteorologist, said on SirusXM that he’d been communicating with Trout all week about the storm, referring to the American League MVP and six-time all-star as a “total geek” about the weather.
“I’ve been talking to Mike Trout all week. He’s so excited about this storm right now. He’s been blowing up my phone,” Cantore said on MLB Network Radio. “There’s no question that he would have been a meteorologist if he wasn’t a phenomenal baseball player.”
Cantore continued: “He really loves weather. He’s a total geek about it and it’s great talking to him.”
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Cox confirmed on Twitter that her husband was so excited about the storm, he had been flooding her phone with messages and maps.
“He’s about one weather map photo short of me muting his text message alerts,” Cox said, ending her Tweet with the hashtag “#theobsessionisreal.”
He’s about one weather map photo short of me muting his text message alerts… 🤦🏼♀️📲 #theobsessionisreal
— Jessica Tara Cox (@JessTara) January 3, 2018
Of course, Trout’s obsession with the weather is no secret. Last year, Trout gave a blizzard update on The Weather Channel, calling in to report there were six-foot snow drifts near his parents’ home in Millville.
Trout is so obsessed, he follows several weather-related accounts on Twitter, including @NJWeatherBlogs, @NJSnowFan, @NEWeatherWx, Planalytics meteorologist Peter Mullinax (@wxmvpete), several AccuWeather meteorologists, and Cantore, whom he started exchanging messages with in 2015.
“All of a sudden, I get this direct message from Mike Trout,” Cantore told Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan. “He’s asking me about the storm. Not like, ‘Hey, Jim, it’s Mike.’ He just went right into the details. He was genuinely curious about what the models said.”
Trout told Passan he has a special folder on his phone labeled “Weather,” where he can scroll through different forecast models, such as the Global Forecast System, European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, North American Ensemble Forecast System, and keep watch over both short- and long-range forecasting.
“A sick vacation for me would be to go to upstate New York when a big snowstorm hits.” Trout said.