Meteorologist becomes ‘raining’ champ on Jeopardy!
Eric Ahasic works for the National Weather Service outside of Minneapolis.
A Minnesota meteorologist is quickly becoming a household name due to his impressive start on the game show "Jeopardy!".
Eric Ahasic, a meteorologist at the Minneapolis area office of the National Weather Service, has spent his entire adulthood trying to get on the show, but his persistence is now paying off.
Ahasic is on a streak, defeating a 16-day super champion and answering more than 90 percent of his questions correctly.
Some in the weather field might say there’s a better percent chance that Ahasic will get the question right than a cold front has of producing 100 percent coverage of precipitation.
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During a recent episode of "Jeopardy!" host Mayim Bialik asked the 32-year-old why he decided to enter the meteorology field.
"Like a surprising number of meteorologists, I have an origin story. When I was six years old, growing up in Illinois, we had a tornado go through my hometown. And ever since that day I’ve been fascinated by the wonder of nature," Ahasic told the host.
Ahasic’s quick rise to fame has not gone unnoticed, colleagues from around the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have turned to social media to offer their well-wishes to their fellow meteorologist.
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Part of the contestant’s success on the game show appears to be finding the Daily Doubles, that he almost always answers correctly.
In addition to the Daily Double questions, the meteorologist appears to excel in categories of geography and science.
While not taking part in game shows or producing weather forecasts, Ahasic told Bialik that he likes to spend time with cat named Potato – who does not eat potatoes, by the way.
Ahasic is not the only resident in southern Minnesota that has a fascination with cats, his neighborhood is full of feline companions.
"So my neighborhood is known for the density of window cats," Ahasic said on the game show. "Cats just hang out in windows. And one of our outstanding hyperlocal journalists actually set up a tour where people will sign up their houses and their cats and then basically walk around the neighborhood and see people’s cats. And several hundred people will show up to this. We have to block off streets. It's an event. It's an event of the summer."
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How much more viewers learn about Minneapolis’ own will depend on how long Ahasic is able to outdo the competition.
So far, the meteorologist has four wins under his belt, far short of the 74 consecutive games that super champ Ken Jennings holds the record for.
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