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Kevin Chill Heard | 3/12/2014, 1:03 p.m.
Meteorologist Angelica Campos Photo by MYCHAL LILLY

Angelica Campos breaks down why it’s been so d#mn cold!

By KEVIN CHILL HEARD

@houseofchill

Managing Editor

Arriving at Fox8 for an interview with meteorologist Angelica Campos, I was informed by Richard “Zoom” Scott that we would have to wait a minute. Earlier that morning Campos was “Kickin it with Kenny,” and fell out of a boat into the water. She needed to get dry and change.

Surprisingly, Campos was there in no time and in good spirits about how Kenny caused her boat to flip over while he stood on dry land cracking jokes.

A native of Costa Rica, Campos and her family moved to Georgia when she was 13 years old. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geosciences and Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State University, and a degree in Mass Communications from the University of West Georgia. Campos has also done the weather in Spanish for TV stations in Puerto Rico, Mexico and several Univision stations in California.

With these last few months seeming like the coldest temperatures and the most snowfall we’ve seen in a long time, we needed to get her expert analysis on “why it’s been so damn cold!”

Chill: How long have you been in Cleveland?

Campos: I’ve been in Cleveland going on four years.

Was the weather in Cleveland shocking to you?

No, because I worked in Pennsylvania before I came to Ohio and I was there four three years. The weather was a shock initially when we moved to the United States. I had never experienced a winter, never owned a jacket. I think within a week after we moved, it was an ice storm. I had never seen ice on trees. I had never been that cold. Growing up in Costa Rica, we would take a shower in the morning, you went out with your hair wet and it was hot and humid and it dried on its own. Here, you can get sick not drying your hair; you can get pneumonia.

My son, who has to walk and catch the bus from school wants to know when is the “Snowpocalypse” going to be over?

Well, I don’t think it’s going to be over for a while. The month of March will trend below average and it is very possible that April will be cooler than normal. Having the ice on Lake Erie and almost 100 percent frozen, that means that later in the season if the water stays cold with the warmer air over it you can still have Lake Effect snow late in the season. We haven’t had that much in the last couple of years, so it’s going to be a very different spring … (she laughs and adds) or “extended winter.”

I don’t know if you’ve ever heard this, but it’s a Cleveland myth that says when the lake is frozen you can drive your car over it to Canada. Is there any truth to that or is that myth busted?

I don’t know if it’s possible, but it would be very dangerous. I think there is a very small section of Lake Erie that is solid. The rest of it, even if it’s thick enough to sustain our body weight it could break – and definitely not a car! I think they tried that somewhere in Michigan and it was completely a failure. Nooo, don’t try it!