Fifth grader Ryland Mishura, 11, had his dream come in front of a live national audience.
Mishura was invited onto “Weather Center Live” with meteorologists Alex Wallace and Maria LaRosa. The 11-year-old looked sharp in his blue shirt and patterned tie as he delivered a spot-on forecast of the weather.
“We’re going to see those showers coming in,” Ryland said with gusto. “From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. we’re going to see those cloudy skies.” After running solo on the local report for Mullica Hill, New Jersey, Mishura joined his hero Wallace for an on-camera assessment of the national weather.
The boy’s family was flown to Atlanta by Make-a-Wish New Jersey. His mom Jennifer made a request to the foundation last year, “Watching Ryland give the forecast on TV was a very emotional and proud moment for my husband and me,” says Jennifer, who called the experience “magical.”
Her son suffers from a rare genetic disorder called isovaleric acidemia — a metabolic disorder.
According to Philly.com, Mishura has been watching the Weather Channel daily since he was seven. “If the weather is bad, Ryland is grabbing his coat and running outside,” Jennifer said. “He then FaceTimes his friends and they discuss the storm.”
“He went to town! He was circling things [on the telestrator] that he was talking about… He blew me away, ” said meteorologist LaRosa.