Meteorologist Patrick Hammer, who was let go from KSTP last year, is back on the air for KARE 11.
"Laura went into false labor on New Year's Eve, and I was contacted by KARE last minute," Hammer told the Pioneer Press. "Luckily, the champagne hadn't been uncorked yet, so I scrambled in on New Year's Eve."
He told the newspaper it was "surreal to be in the KARE backyard" and he "felt a part of the team right out of the gate."
Some local journalists and weather watchers reacted to Hammer's return on Twitter: