Introducing Woodstock to the Area’s Youngest Weather(kid)
Oliver Caldwell is 6 years old and crazy about all things weather. In August, his parents “finally” let him have his own social media channel, a parentally managed Instagram account where he shares daily hyperlocal weather forecasts from their home in downtown Woodstock. Each day, Ollie’s followers tune in for the Woodstock weather forecast and a current update outdoors, followed by his signature sign off, “That was the weather. My name is Ollie. Bye.” We enlisted the help of his parents, Michael and Katie, to get to know more about the rising star.
If you’re interested in hyperlocal weather forecasts delivered by a 6-year-old, follow @weatherwithollie on Instagram.
When did you first know you wanted to have your own weather channel?
Honestly, I actually don’t remember! I think when I was 5 … actually, no. I never wanted my own channel, actually. I’ve always wanted to be a storm chaser. Right now, I’m just doing my channel because it’s the closest thing I was allowed to do. At 6 years old, I still have a long way to 18 when I can storm chase.
What’s your favorite part about being a local weather forecaster?
By getting to stand out in big weather, and seeing all the followers I get is amazing, too!
Were you ever scared of thunder and lightning when you were younger? Do you have any tips for anyone who is scared?
Not really. Only if it’s really, really loud … then, I am scared. I don’t have any tips. Actually, plug their ears when the thunder starts.
How would you describe covering your first tropical storm, Fred, from Woodstock?
Honestly, it was just really stormy. And I loved it!
How does it feel knowing your fans call you one of the most trusted sources for weather reporting in Woodstock?
Really amazing. And good! Honestly, I didn’t know that I was that!
What is your favorite type of weather?
Stormy, especially natural disasters. Tornadoes!
Would you rather live someplace hot or someplace cold?
What’s your favorite type of cloud?
Ones with rain in them. Actually, no, a wall cloud!
Can you tell us about your plans for this channel?
I want to grow the following this year. If we get to 300, we might have a surprise. Can you tell other people about my channel?