KSDK METEROLOGIST: CINDY PRESZLER
One thing that’s predictable about midwestern weather is that it’s unpredictable. As the old joke goes, “If you don’t like the weather in St. Louis, wait a day!” Cindy Preszler is all too familiar with our crazy weather patterns. While growing up on a farm in South Dakota, Preszler learned to appreciate the weather from her farmer father. “Farmers depend on the weather for their survival so he taught me how to look at the clouds, feel the atmosphere, and watch how the animals react to changes,” she says. Her interest began at an early age and hasn’t waned in the 31 years she’s been a meteorologist. Preszler has been on air across the midwest from Nebraska to Georgia to Kentucky and Chicago, including a 3 year stint at The Weather Channel in Atlanta. She’s found a home for the last 15 years in St. Louis. “I love this city and the people. Plus I met my husband at Forest Park so I guess I’m here to stay!”
Thousands of viewers tune in each night to hear her weather report on KSDK. So Preszler must not only deliver the news, good or bad, but look great while doing it! What’s her secret? She gave Hantastic readers the inside scoop on what it’s like to be in her shoes…literally!
You are on-air daily and I have to say, you always look amazing! It must be hard to pull off a new outfit for each broadcast. How do you do it? I’m imagining closets upon closets full of clothes! Where are your favorite places to shop in St. Louis?
You are correct about my closet , I think most women would love to have this much space! My husband does get a little corner of it though. I am a shopper at heart, it’s like therapy for me. The colors, fabrics and new styles are so much fun. I do recycle my dresses at The Women’s Closet Exchange on Gravois. Since I personally buy all my clothes, (the station does not supply wardrobes any more) I have to get rid of it eventually. Viewers want to see new things on us!
My favorite stores range from Ann Taylor and White House/Black Market to Macy’s and Dillard’s. Nordstrom has a great selection of dresses too. You may have noticed I don’t wear many suits anymore. They are stiff and old looking in my opinion while dresses are fresh and comfortable.
There have to be some rules for on-air attire. Do some patterns/colors/fabrics look better than others? You are usually standing for much of the broadcast, so I would think a comfortable shoe is important.
The colors we wear are typically bold: red, royal blue, fuchsia, and of course black. Solids work best. I have to wear two battery packs attached to a wireless mic and an IFB (ear piece) so they have to attach to something out of sight. I wear velcro leg pouches to hold the wires and batteries. Sometimes they show on-air and viewers think there is something wrong with my legs. But, no it’s just the necessary equipment! My tailor actually came up with the design and now all the women here at the station own them. I do wear heels on-air but flip flops or slippers when I’m off-air. My feet hurt if I stay in heels all night!
I’ll bet you get a lot of viewer feedback about your wardrobe! Do you have any superstitions about something you wear affecting the weather outcome?
I get tons of comments from viewers about my clothes! Mostly good, but once in a while someone may not like what I’m wearing. No superstitions, although some viewers have thought we were going to have bad weather when I wore my hair up. In actuality, it was due to the lack of time to fix my hair that day!
Last question- After years in this business, what have you learned not to wear on television?
I do have a bit of advice about that: If you are going to be on TV, do not wear a dress that shows darts… enough said!