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CLINTON (13abc Action News) - He may seem like an
unlikely weatherman. A long-time Kroger bagger brings customers the sunny
forecast and a bright smile, every shift for the last 26 years.
"This is my life. This is my
This is home for Tom Allen. For
more than 25 years, he's been working at this Port Clinton Kroger, updating
friends, family, and customers on the weather they'll see out these double
"Nice for Thursday," he
reads from the 13abc weather update. "Great for Friday. Today: Showers
likely, high 62. Tonight: showers ending after midnight."
No matter the weather, twice a
day, the forecast shows up in the breakroom or inbox.
"He's always loved the
weather. I mean everyday you come into work and you
see the weather update," Kim Auxter said.
Kim has worked with Tom for over
25 years - and says he no longer needs to check the forecast at home.
"He loves seeing the
customers. They love seeing him," Auxter said.
"For a lot of years, I do
watch you guys," Allen said.
Like most weathermen, Tom's
passion for weather goes back to childhood.
"I love the weather. Bad or
good, it doesn't matter to me. Only thing I need is nice weather to play
softball," Allen says of his Special Olympics sport of choice.
you'll find Tom working hard and helping customers unload.
"There's all different kinds
of customers I like. My family, my friends shops here. My friend Amy shops
here, too," Allen said.
That's Amy Cantu.
"He's an amazing young
man," she said.
Cantu's an advocate with the
Ottawa County Board of Developmental Disabilities.
"I have known Tom since he
was a little boy. His family, part of his family were neighbors of mine."
Cantu coaches some of Tom's special olympics teams. He updates
the forecasts for her away games, too.
"I have been getting the
weather report from him by email for I can't tell you hwo
many years," Cantu said.
Tom heads out for vacation later
on today. But the forecast won't come to an end. He'll update the Kroger
family, even from the road.