We had elaborate plans for tonight's broadcast. The idea was this: since we originate from this spectacular building (30 Rock) each night, why not take to the roof and highlight the City of New York, our headquarters most nights of the week? That was until a line of "popcorn" thunderstorms (so named by meteorologists because they can pop up and explode out of nowhere given the right atmospheric conditions...like today) rolled through the New York area during our afternoon editorial meeting. Our weather, usually west to east, is today northeast to southwest. Flight delays at JFK are now officially posted at four hours, LaGuardia and Newark slightly less. Radar has been of no use because where there are no storms now -- there will be intense storms in 30 minutes. We're going to make a NASA-like "go/no go" decision in the next few minutes...this will be fun.
To go with our coverage package tonight on New York, Rehema Ellis has a great piece on an educational success story [editor's note: you can read a blog from the principal below], and we spent the morning with the mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg. He takes the subway to work most mornings, and so did we.
Brian and Mayor Michael Bloomberg on the 4 train Tuesday morning. Photo credit: Office of the Mayor
In other news tonight, there's the fight to save an immigration deal, the so-called "honor killing" in London, the new data on an aging American generation, the first FDA-approved over-the-counter diet drug (there are complications) and what we're calling "watchgate"...did wildly enthusiastic Albanians steal the President's watch, or did he remove it for safekeeping? It was actually a topic at the White House briefing today.
Please take time to read today's Medal of Honor recipient biography. We are watching the skies and talking to the WNBC-TV forecast center here in New York. We'll have a fine broadcast either way...indoors or out! We hope you can join us for the Tuesday edition of Nightly News tonight.