The video of a West Virginia meteorologist reacting to a spider that appeared on his weather map during a live report this week has gained international attention and thousands of shares on YouTube and other social media platforms.
WOWK-TV’s Bryan Hughes let out a shrill scream after noticing the large black spider that apparently crawled across the camera lens just as he was about to deliver Thursday’s forecast.
“Ahh! Geez Louise!” he screamed when he saw the spider, which appeared much bigger when projected onto the screen.
“Why did that just happen? I nearly lost my lunch!” an exasperated-but-amused Hughes continued. “Oh man, saints alive, we’ve gotta get out there and kill those things.”
After the WOWK posted a video of the broadcast online, the clip quickly became a viral hit.
As the video spread across the Internet, Hughes tweeted that he “couldn’t help” the reaction he had. “Honestly! I screamed like a little girl,” he wrote. “Now, where’s the matches and gasoline?”
I couldn't help it. Honestly! I screamed like a little girl. Now, where's the matches and gasoline?!? https://t.co/ik6PHMdZvm— Bryan Hughes (@Bryan Hughes) 1463668276.0
It even gained the attention of the BBC, who engaged in some friendly banter.
“Our @bbcweather presenters are made of tougher stuff!” the British outlet joked.
Our @bbcweather presenters are made of tougher stuff! 😉 https://t.co/teGpRrh3I6— BBC News (UK) (@BBC News (UK)) 1463749757.0
Hughes, who clearly found the situation just as humorous as everyone else, fired back a reply.
I dare you to a Spider face off! Can you handle an 8 legged monster?!? https://t.co/wfmU9ltcrF— Bryan Hughes (@Bryan Hughes) 1463756139.0