Mist-ery Revealed: @KarlTheFog

Wednesday August 28, 2013 / Posted by Jill F.

You may recall last fall we introduced Boo, the World’s Cutest Dog, as our Official Pet Liaison. Since then, Boo has offered up “Travel Tips for Dogs on the Go”, toured our facilities and advised us on pet travel products. His expertise has been invaluable, and so we’ve decided to bring on another  adviser.

We’re thrilled to announce that @KarlTheFog has agreed to work with the Virgin America team in his capacity as San Francisco’s resident weather adviser.

Karl is a Bay Area native and comes to us with an extensive background in the region’s weather patterns. I had the privilege of sitting down with Mr. The Fog for a little one-on-one.

Name: @KarlTheFog

Title: Virgin America’s San Francisco Weather Adviser

Hometown: Born and raised in Point Reyes, currently living and working in San Francisco.

You’ve led a pretty mysterious life. We’d like to know what makes @KarlTheFog tick. What can you tell us about yourself? What are your hobbies? Favorite music? Dreams and aspirations? 

I live by the motto “fog hard, play hard.” I spend the entire summer working in San Francisco, protecting people from sweating since almost no one has air-conditioning. This year I’ve enjoyed watching (er, delaying) the America’s Cup events too. But when September/October rolls around, I take a few months off to travel around the world. Sometimes I visit family in Newfoundland or England, but I’m also partial to tropical getaways like the Pali Lookout in Oahu. And what do I listen to while I’m traveling? “Last Days of Summer in San Francisco” by Matt Nathanson. Obviously.

Given that you’re a Bay Area native, what are your favorite local haunts?

I enjoy hanging out in my usual spots –Sutro Baths, Mt. Davidson, Cole Valley, and of course SFO. I spend my weekends watching everyone wait in line for brunch (how good can French toast possibly be?) and creating stunning sunsets at Mount Tam. But most of all, I love the beach. Call me a romantic, but there’s nothing like the sound of crashing waves to warm my cold, gray heart.

Let’s get down to business. Why are you the most qualified man – or fog — for the job of advising Virgin America on weather? And what exactly does the job entail in your own words?

Yes, it is a big job, but it’s one that I feel I’ve worked hard to earn. I spend a lot of time at SFO so I really know the ins and outs of airline operations. And weather is my life. Literally.

In this role, I will advise Virgin America guests of how I plan to affect their travel and I’ll offer tips for how to make the most of their time in San Francisco. I’ve been wanting to write more for some time now, so I’m looking forward to contributing to Flyer Feed as a guest blogger. I’ll also keep guests updated through my Twitter and Instagram accounts.

Speaking of SFO, you’ve taken a lot of heat over the airport’s frequent ground delays in the past. What’s up with that?

Where would the charm of San Francisco be without my cool embrace? The truth is I’m a bit of an aviation buff. So I like to lurk around the airport, checking out all the beautiful aircraft. But when I do, the airport runways can’t operate at full capacity due to low visibility, and that occasionally triggers something called a GDP, or Ground Delay Program. But seriously, why would you want to leave the Bay Area anyway?

Good point. In June you came out with a @KarlTheFog Flight Tracker to inform travelers of your presence. What’s the forecast for August?

I think you meant to ask “what’s the forecast for #Fogust?” I plan to spend the last days of summer in the city — it’s my favorite place to chill. But I do like to travel, so you never know when I may decide to hop on a Virgin America plane and visit the Northwest or maybe even visit my stratus cousins out East.

Sounds good. Be sure to send us a #VXSelfie from the plane if you do.