It's been a month of change for meteorologists at KARE 11, starting with the Twin Cities NBC affiliate firing Sven Sundgaard on May 1 and a week later Jason Disharoon announcing his departure from the station.
While it's still unclear why Disharoon decided to leave, Sundgaard's next step is taking his forecasting skills to YouTube. On Monday, the 39-year-old Cottage Grove native launched what he's calling "Explore with Sven: Weather."
"As I promised, I still want to try to bring you weather information. It's still something I care a lot about and I know it impacts everybody," said Sundgaard in his first video. "This is a bit of an experiment so bear with me here over the coming days."
The product is a more natural form of Sundgaard, as he's not in a suit and isn't standing in front of a green screen with the TV graphics afforded to meteorologists at major market stations like KARE.
He's also able to deliver more of his personality, as evidenced in the latter stages of the video forecast in which he's previewing an expected warming trend over the next week.
"I'm hoping for it, I like the heat personally. Maybe I can get out kayaking again and have more pictures like this," he said, flashing a smile while presenting a shirtless photo of himself on the water.
KARE 11 has not publicly addressed Sundgaard's firing other than saying he was let go for "continued violations" of "news ethics," which came days after Sundgaard shared a post from a rabbi that referred to those protesting coronavirus stay-at-home orders as "Nazi sympathizers."
Four days later Sundgaard addressed the situation in a brief Facebook post, saying: "Many have asked me about KARE11’s post regarding my employment and separation from employment. Here's what I have to say about that for now: I disagree with and dispute my former employers claims and I am considering my options at this time."