Extraordinary Ordinaries: FOX 13 legend continues forecasting in retirement

Not many of us can say that we have a weather forecast specifically tailored to our own address.

However, residents at University Village Retirement Home are enjoying that very luxury, and have been for the past few years.

"We actually have a lot of outdoor activities. Residents are very physically fit and always outdoors and traveling. We have five cars, three buses constantly on the road, so it's very important to get those alerts so we can keep everybody safe," said Tim Parker, Executive Director of University Village.

And Parker says those alerts come from one of their own residents, former FOX 13 Chief Meteorologist Roy Leep.

"It actually made me very nervous when he came here, being such a celebrity in my mind, but when you get to know him, you find out he's a great human being- a fantastic Christian man,” said Parker. “I've leaned on him for matters even outside of weather. He's just a great guy."

Leep retired from WTVT in 1997 after more than 40 years as a meteorologist. Leep's passion and love for weather started well before his first newscast in the 50s.

"I had a flag pole with flags that would represent different weather conditions” he remembered, adding that he’d raise the flag matching the forecast each day. “This was in the 40s, so my love and passion as far as this life is concerned- as far as this world is concerned -is the weather. It has been and it still is."

Leep might be retired, but he’s still providing that crucial information to his neighbors. It’s just from behind the scenes now.

"So now we have two in-house TV channels that are devoted to the weather 24/7. I’m not on them pointing to maps like you folks at FOX 13, but it's still being produced by me. Pinpoint forecasting for 34 acres, pinpointing to the residents and the employees here," Leep said.

Technology has improved since Leep’s four decades as a professional weather expert, but if you ask Leep, there is one thing that will never change about the job.

"It's gratifying. I hear people talking about the weather conditions and my idea is that they just know where to get those conditions. It is a good conversation opener, and it always leads to a better conversation.”

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