Steve Pool has been a member of the KOMO TV family for the past 40 years. The legendary weather caster recently retired, following a battle with prostate cancer, which is in remission. Refined caught up with Steve in light of the current health crisis.
Seattle Refined: Steve! It’s so great to see you. It’s like sunshine on a rainy day. How are you doing?
Steve Pool: Well I’m doing pretty well to be honest with you. A lot of my health things have pretty much gone down so I’m good there. There are a lot of things going on in our world that are troublesome, that’s put a little bit of a damper on it, honestly - but on the other side it’s been terrific to see how everybody is rallying through this.
But there was a silver lining - that 'Wow I get to see my kids all the time!' Both my girls are in college so we just said, 'OK you’re coming back here' so I’ve just had a tie with my kids that you just don’t usually have given all the other circumstances. So that which could be a bad thing was kind of a blessing honestly.
What have you been doing with your quarantine time with the kids and [wife] Michelle?
The routine is pretty similar cause we had the stock - all the food that we needed. But we did get the chance to spend more time together so I’ve learned how to play Nintendo, which they’re very good at and I’m terrible at. I don’t even know - what is that thing? What is it? I thought I just killed that one! But anyway we’re doing that.
Given everything you’ve been through over the past year, year and a half, are you playing it safe, staying inside?
Definitely, definitely. I believe in the science. It’s an amazing thing and once you learn what the science is you have a greater sense, sense of how important it is for us to rally together because at the end of the day, Mother Nature has the wheel. We don’t.
Since you officially retired, are you a backseat weather caster? When you are watching the weather casts of any of the stations are you going - What!?!
Well if it’s a situation that's particularly interesting for me or something that I’ve been through several times, yeah I don’t walk into the newsroom or weather department and go - oh c’mon! C’mon you know it’s gonna rain! What the! You know the main thing I miss is I just miss the people. We all work together to get a job done, and that to me was the best part of it.
Do you have anything to say to your viewers?
I feel really blessed and just straight on - for all of you out there I love you, I appreciate you. As to my immediate future I’m continuing to just think about getting my health all the way back, and protect my family in the wake of all thats happening right now.
It’s always so great to talk to you Steve, because you are always such an upper so thank you for chatting with us. Stay safe.