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Grumpy Iowa sports reporter moans his way through hours of live blizzard coverage [VIDEO]

‘Can I go back to my regular job?’: Grumpy Iowa sports reporter moans his way through live blizzard coverage in hilarious video after being reassigned to morning weather duty

  • Mark Woodley was forced to cover a blizzard in Waterloo, Iowa, on Thursday
  • He was forced to do coverage as temperatures were between -0.4F and -5.8F
  • Plunging temperatures and freezing temperatures have swept the United States 

A grumpy Iowa sports reporter moaned his way through hours of live blizzard coverage after being reassigned to early morning weather duty – as a once-in-a-generation bomb cyclone swept across the US. 

Mark Woodley, a sports reporter for KWWL in Waterloo, Iowa, was clearly disgruntled when he was given a live broadcast slot from 4.30am to 8am on Thursday morning.

A hilarious compilation of video clips from his coverage shows the journalist make witty remarks about the cold as he is wrapped up in the sub-freezing weather. 

According to Local Conditions, Mark would have been outside at -0.4F (-18C) at the start of his shift, which dropped to -5.8F (-21C) by the end. 

The Twitter clip, which now has almost 3 million views, begins with his co-presenter asking: ‘Mark, how you feeling out there?’ The sports reporter responds: ‘The same as I felt eight minutes ago when you asked me that same question.’ 

Plunging temperatures are wreaking havoc across the United States – with flights cancelled and experts warning that frostbite could affect bare skin within five to ten minutes. 

The Twitter clip, which now has almost 3 million views, begins with his co-presenter asking: ‘Mark, how you feeling out there?’

The sports reporter responds: ‘The same as I felt eight minutes ago when you asked me that same question. I normally do sports. 

‘Everything is cancelled here for the next couple of days so what better time to ask the sports guy to come in, about five hours earlier than he would normally wake up, go stand out in the wind and the snow and the cold and tell other people not to do the same.’

As the show progresses – and the weather gets even colder – Mark becomes increasingly impatient with the task at hand.  

Dressed in a thick black puffer jacket as snow falls in the background, he goes on: ‘I didn’t realise there was a 3.30 also in the morning – until today.’ 

A hilarious compilation of video clips from his coverage shows the journalist make witty remarks about the cold as he is wrapped up in the sub-freezing weather. Mark said: 'I didn't realise there was a 3.30 also in the morning – until today'

A hilarious compilation of video clips from his coverage shows the journalist make witty remarks about the cold as he is wrapped up in the sub-freezing weather. Mark said: ‘I didn’t realise there was a 3.30 also in the morning – until today’

Plunging temperatures are wreaking havoc across the United States – with flights cancelled and experts warning that frostbite could affect bare skin within five to ten minutes. Pictured: A resident shovels snow off a driveway in Urbandale, Iowa

Plunging temperatures are wreaking havoc across the United States – with flights cancelled and experts warning that frostbite could affect bare skin within five to ten minutes. Pictured: A resident shovels snow off a driveway in Urbandale, Iowa

Mark was outside as temperatures were between -0.4F (-18C) and -5.8F (-21C) in Waterloo, Iowa. Pictured: Cars in Des Moines, Iowa

Mark was outside as temperatures were between -0.4F (-18C) and -5.8F (-21C) in Waterloo, Iowa. Pictured: Cars in Des Moines, Iowa

Mark said he hoped his coverage would encourage people to pay attention and to take the weather seriously. Pictured: Vehicles drive on Interstate 380 as snow falls in North Liberty, Iowa

Mark said he hoped his coverage would encourage people to pay attention and to take the weather seriously. Pictured: Vehicles drive on Interstate 380 as snow falls in North Liberty, Iowa

‘I’m used to these evening shows that are only 30 minutes long and generally on those shows I am inside. So this is a really long show. Tune in for the next couple of hours to watch me progressively get crankier and crankier.’ 

Mark told Insider that filming took place next to KWWL’s main news station, so he could warm up between takes. 

Even so, the incredibly cold conditions made the few minutes he was outside extremely uncomfortable.  

He continued: ‘I’ve got good news and I’ve got bad news. The good news is that I can still feel my face right now. The bad news is that I kind of wish I couldn’t.’

Then looking even more disgruntled, he said: ‘Can I go back to my regular job? I’m pretty sure that you guys added an extra hour to this show just because somebody likes torturing me.’ 

The reluctant weather broadcaster said later on that he hoped adding a few witty remarks would make the report more interesting and would encourage people watching to listen in and to take it seriously.

At the end of his shift, as it began to lighten outside, Mark appears considerably more cheery at the prospect of going home.  

‘Live in Waterloo for the last time this morning. Thankfully!’ he said, as he finished his shift. 

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