A Twitter user got the clapback of a lifetime when he decided to question how Al Roker is able to give weather updates.
The user replied to a Nov. 15 tweet from the “Today Show” that included a clip of the longtime weatherman discussing the macro-scale extra-tropical cyclone snowstorm known as a Nor’easter, which affected 123 million Americans residing along the East Coast.
“Still not sure why @alroker is doing weather reporting when he’s not even a meteorologist,” tweeted Bruce Freundlich, or @taxfoe, on Sunday, Dec. 9.
Several Roker fans chimed in to defend the “Today” staple.
“He’s also a talented TV personality DOING HIS JOB! Get over it!”
“That not nice. Al is a good guy and I like his weather reports. If you don’t like it don’t watch him. It not nice to say mean things.”
“Again .. 11 followers.”
“He’s a fellow SUNY Oswego Alum. He knows winter weather!!”
But Roker didn’t need the help for long. He hit back at @taxfoe himself tweeting, “Me either, but I’m still cashing the checks. Merry Christmas!”
Roker has been a full-time part of NBC’s flagship morning show as a featured anchor and weatherman since January 1996, and although he has an American Meteorological Society Seal of Approval, he only took one meteorology course to fulfill a science requirement while obtaining his communications degree from the State University of New York at Oswego, according to Biography.com. Still, he leveraged that to land a weekend job as a weatherman at a CBS affiliate in Syracuse, N.Y. By the time longtime weatherman Willard Scott was ready to step away from “Today,” he recommended Roker, his protégé, to replace him.