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At-home storm tracker with cerebral palsy meets favorite meteorologist

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UPDATE:  A man with a real passion for weather got an inside look at how Mark Schnackenberg and the KWWL weather team track storms.

Kyle Hennessy of New Hampton finally got to meet his favorite meteorologist at the KWWL studio today.

When we first met Kyle, we asked if he watches KWWL's Mark Schnackenberg and he responded, "Yeah I sure do...but I don't always agree with him."

Even though their forecasts may be different, they both share a love for weather.

Schnackenberg jokingly said to Kyle, "I heard you don't always agree with my forecasts...?" Kyle responded, "Sometimes."

Schnack said it was an honor meeting Kyle today.


Tracking the storms from home, a New Hampton man with Cerebral Palsy has his very own severe weather lab.

28-year-old Kyle Hennessy uses 3 IPads, TV,  and his Xbox to track storms throughout the country. 

A week ago, he had a busy night tracking tornadoes but now it's snow. He posts updates on his Facebook page saying, "I am tracking the storm using special equipment (Xbox 360)."

His mother Kim Hennessy says, "He spends every night checking the weather and when something is coming, he is really in tune with all of it. He really enjoys it."

Kyle is deaf and has Cerebral Palsy, but that doesn't stop him. He gets all his information with the tap of his feet. 

Kyle says, "I love tornadoes and thunderstorms."

It's been a passion since he was in high school.

"He started watching the storm chaser shows and the movie Twister," Kim says.

Getting his love for storms through the TV, including one of his favorites from KWWL...even though they might not always see eye to eye.

When asked if he watches KWWL's Mark Schnackenberg he responds, "Yeah I sure do...but I don't agree with him."

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