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Q&A: Meteorologist Tammie Souza back in Chicago

Tammie Souza back in Chicago

Whatever happened to Tammie Souza of Channel 10 weather?

Eric Deggans, the Times TV/media critic, reported this story late last year, writing that Souza was returning to Chicago, where she had worked as a meteorologist, so she could reunite with her family.

When Souza joined WTSP-Ch. 10 in October 2008, she became the first female chief meteorologist in Tampa Bay TV history. She succeeded Dick Fletcher, who died in February 2008.

But Souza's husband, Greg Hendricks, had difficulty finding a job in Florida comparable to his job teaching industrial arts in the Chicago area, and never moved to Florida. That prompted Souza to commute between the cities — even after the pair adopted a baby boy, Caleb, who is now a little over 2 years old.

So when she got the chance to return to WFLD, the Fox affiliate in Chicago, she took it. We caught up with her in late April, during a family vacation to Tampa. She wrote in an e-mail: "Greg, Caleb and I are doing great. Caleb is thrilled to see Mommy everyday. Mommy is thrilled too."

But she does miss the bay area. "I miss my friends at 10 News and keep in touch with many of them," she wrote. "Many viewers in the bay area have been keeping in touch with me through e-mail and Facebook, too. One family recently wrote me to say 'Okay, the joke has gone on long enough. You can come back to Tampa now.' "

Souza is doing the WFLD weather broadcasts on weekends and Mondays through Wednesdays.

And she's busy. "Believe it or not, I haven't completely unpacked yet," she wrote. "I only had two days between jobs and it's been busy since I returned to Chicago.

"Speaking of which, I returned in time for the third-largest blizzard in the city's history. As a meteorologist it was fun, though. I even made snow angels in the middle of Lake Shore Drive since there was no traffic."

You can leave a message for Souza at www.myfoxchicago.com/dpp/about_us/personalities/tammie-souza-meteorologist-20110127.

Mothballs are poisonous

Is it true that mothballs are a deterrent to squirrels, rats and other rodents?

It may deter them, but it is hazardous and not recommended, Timothy Daly, agricultural and natural resources agent with the Gwinnett County (Ga.) Cooperative Extension, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

There are two varieties of mothballs and both are considered irritants and are toxic if swallowed, particularly if they are the variety of mothballs containing the chemical naphthalene, Katherine Gilmore with the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine told the newspaper.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals' Animal Poison Control Center has managed 113 cases of mothball poisoning in the past year, most of which occurred during spring and summer months.

Q&A: Meteorologist Tammie Souza back in Chicago 05/05/11 [Last modified: Thursday, May 5, 2011 10:21pm]
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