This seems like a very good hire. Mr. Ivory appears to have a passion for meteorology, rather than hiring a "TV forecaster."
Too bad the hire was not more local... from this region or state... being more familiar with the geography of this area. UW-Madison, NIU, and UIUC for example all have excellent meteorology departments and programs. Or perhaps a hire from a market closer to Chicago.
I wonder how many applicants were interviewed/screened for this opportunity. Think there was a flood of applicants or WGN knew where they wanted to go? (contacts, networking, etc...)
Speaking of TV weather... how long has Steve Baskerville been with Ch. 2? Seems like forever. A rare silent, good, steady presence for the station!