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Talking about the weather isn’t just a way to make chitchat — these days, it can turn you into an internet darling.

Take, for example, Saya Hiyama, a weather forecaster for YouTube livestreaming channel Weathernews. During her Feb. 26 shift, the 27-year-old announcer was engaged in a bit of banter on the game of shogi when news of an earthquake came through. Naturally, Hiyama professionally shifted from playful to serious in a heartbeat.

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