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McCauley signs off/signs in new WFAA8 meteorologist


Meteorologist Steve McCauley welcomed Ashton Altieri Sunday night after some green screen shtick with the newcomer. Photo: Ed Bark

Veteran forecaster Steve McCauley signed off on Sunday’s 10 p.m. WFAA8 newscast after a 13-year-tenure at the station.

WFAA8 also used the occasion to introduce boyish-faced newcomer Ashton Altieri, who will succeed McCauley on weekend nighttime newscasts as well as filling in when needed.

McCauley took Altieri to weather school in a pre-taped bit in which the kid learned to “punch through The Cap” among other niceties. The Cap became McCauley’s calling card during his animated, info-jammed weather segments. It’s your pal when it prevents severe storms from forming, but breakage can cause major problems.

McCauley is leaving WFAA8, which he joined in March 2000, to work full-time on his Ph.D. His last scheduled on-air weathercast for the station was seen by 192,758 D-FW viewers Sunday according to data from Nielsen Media Research. That was easily enough to win the 10:15 to 10:30 p.m. time slot.

WFAA8 says that McCauley will continue to provide information for the station’s “digital platforms,” including Twitter and Facebook. But as his last forecast fades from memory, here’s his explanation of “The Cap,” courtesy of a 2009 video from wfaa.com.

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