Kozak has been working as a TV meteorologist for nine years, and he has experienced computer crashes before, but apparently never quite like this.
At 4 am on Monday, he sat down to create the weather graphics for the 4.30 am newscast, but nothing worked.
“I had done all my forecasts and sat down to make the graphics and nothing worked,” Kozak told ABCNews.com
. “Every single graphic was blank."
“When I restarted the computer, nothing came back up,” he said. “Tulsa is a severe weather market and it was one of those things where I thought, ‘Well, we just can’t not do weather.’”
So basically Kozak had only two options. He could either stand in front of the green screen and talk through his forecast, or he could do things the old-fashioned way. Like meteorologists used to do in the stone-age before computers, he got some paper and some markers, and made them himself.
“I just saw some pieces of paper and markers and thought well I might as well just draw the graphics,” he said. “I did it for about an hour-and-a-half, until about 6:15 a.m. when the computers came back.”
thought he might get into trouble with the boss and his viewers, it turns out he has turned into a viral star. Apparently tens of thousands of viewers commented on Facebook after seeing his weather report live.
“It just went viral,” Kozak said. “If you had asked me what the ramifications would be, I would have told you a trip to my news director’s office,” he said. “But it ended up being kind of a cool thing. I’m still kind of floored, to be honest.”
Some of the comments on Kozak's own Facebook page
were as follows:
"Cool, you made national news."
"Nice job - great graphics.. better than an old CG anyway!"
"Great job Andrew caught it on AC360 you now have a fan in Scotland U.K."
For those preferring not to watch the video, here are some examples of his graphics: