A surprisingly sprightly Al Roker this morning completed his epic trek across America, setting an all-new world record for the Fastest time to report a weather forecast from all 50 US states.
NBC’s resident weather anchor arrived back in New York City, following his gruelling attempt at the GWR title, having taken planes, trains and automobiles to complete the journey in just 7 days and 18 minute, smashing the minimum of 50 days to achieve the record.
Dubbed the “Rokerthon 2”, Al made his first report for the attempt in Hawaii on 6 November live on NBC’s TODAY show before going on to travel around the country delivering weather news in each state, with his forecasts airing on a variety of NBC platforms across the US.
Al’s incredible journey was spurred on by a phone call from Vice President Joe Biden. The adventure also saw the TV presenter become an honorary Chicago Bears football player, get cheered on by comedy stars Tina Fey and Amy Poehler from an RV, and befriend several goats along the way.
The feat comes exactly a year after Al set the record for the Longest uninterrupted live TV weather report for 34 hours, at NBC Studios in New York as part of last year’s GWR Day.
Closing out Rokerthon 2, Al’s arrival back to New York included a homecoming parade with special guests the Rockettes, Mr. and Mrs. Met (of the NY Mets), his high school marching band and more. Following his New York weather report, adjudicator Alex Angert was on site to present his certificate.
Despite not having slept since early Wednesday evening, the veteran TV presenter showed no real signs of tiredness.
Watch Al’s final weather report and certificate presentation above, and you can watch a fun recap of Al’s week on the road below.