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Fans of former WKRC-TV meteorologist Michelle Boutillette are lighting up the web over her return to  Channel 12 on weekends.

How else can I explain that my July 2015 story, "Michelle Boutillette Returns To WKRC-TV Newscasts,"  was trending on our website 2-1/2 years later?

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Maybe you've heard her on the national "Bob & Tom" radio show, or seen her at NBA Indiana Pacers games in Indianapolis. Soon you'll see Vanessa Richardson on WLWT-TV's "News 5 Today."

WLWT-TV is "actively recruiting" for a full-time traffic reporter in addition to replacing weekend morning meteorologist Jennifer Schack,  says Branden Frantz, Channel 5 president and general manager.

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Colin Mayfield from Louisville's WLKY-TV will join WLWT-TV's "News 5 Today" anchor team in January, when morning anchor Mark Hayes moves to evenings.

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Randi Rico’s first visit to New York City will be a memorable one – she’ll do a “Today” show forecast for Al Roker, then help dunk him in a dunking booth live on NBC.

WLWT-TV’s perpetually upbeat morning meteorologist was nearly speechless Tuesday when she learned – during the “Today” broadcast –that she won an online vote to appear on the show Thursday, the first day of the November TV ratings’ sweeps. (She tells me about her Thursday morning TV schedule below.)

“I'm crazy nervous Al,” she told Roker on the show. “I'm excited. I’ve never been to New York.”

Rico topped finalists from Manhattan and Minneapolis in the show’s month-long Pink or Swim promotion raising funds for breast cancer research.

It’s just temporary, but viewers will see meteorologist Michelle Boutillette on WKRC-TV at 8 a.m. Sunday doing forecasts for the Liz Bonis-Adam Clements anchor team.

She says she’s doing some freelance fill-in work to replace Josh Knight, who left “Good Morning Cincinnati” Sunday for WJLA-TV in Washington D.C., a sister Sinclair station.