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LINCOLN — The Weather Channel wasn't horsing around when it sent its top correspondent, Jim Cantore, to Nebraska on Thursday to experience an oncoming snowstorm.
But somebody wearing a horse head was.
While Cantore did a live report Thursday afternoon amid the wind-whipped snow at 10th and Q Streets in Lincoln, a man wearing a costume horse head walked into the background of the shot, waving and posing.
It elicited laughter from about 20 people who had gathered to watch the weather celebrity at work.
“That's hilarious,” said one of the onlookers, who were mostly students from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, which canceled classes Thursday.
“We just came down because we were bored,” said another onlooker, Jeff Maddox, a UNL freshman from Sidney, Neb.
The man in the horse head cantered off before a reporter could catch his identity.
Cantore, who is based in Atlanta, is famous for his live reporting for the Weather Channel as hurricanes make landfall, tornadoes approach, and blizzards dump snow.
He said Lincoln was chosen Thursday because the snowfall there was forecast to be heavier than in Omaha.
By midafternoon, though, Cantore was worried his second trip to Lincoln for a weather event had been less than a blizzard-fest.
“It looked good for a while,” he said.
Cantore last came to Lincoln in April after a massive tornado outbreak was forecast. The threatening weather led to the cancellation of the spring game for the Nebraska football team, but it fizzled as a twister outbreak.
Still, Cantore said Thursday, he saw two lightning strikes hit Memorial Stadium during the visit.
Between live shots, Cantore, wearing a red-and-white Nebraska woolen scarf, posed for photos and signed autographs.
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