Teenager Haslett CJ Riemer’s daily weather report brings sunshine to the community

LANSING, Michigan — You may have heard the following quote: “Wherever you go, whatever the weather, always bring your own sunshine.” Well, this week’s Good Neighbor is all about that.

Meet Haslett’s teenager, CJ Riemer.

CJ, 17, has been giving a daily weather report on Facebook since April 2020.

CJ wakes up every morning with a weather theme that he incorporates into his daily forecast.

CJ’s mom, Cheri, says it started after CJ received a weather machine for Christmas a few years ago.

“One of the main reasons we started these weather reports was to help with speech. Because many children with Down syndrome or Down syndrome need help with their speech. Muscle tone is not there,” Cheri said. “So we worked on the articulation. We feel he can communicate better. He carries on more conversations and that has really made a difference.

CJ’s dad, Randy, says CJ loves being on camera.

“CJ, he loves performing, and that’s definitely not me,” Randy said. “He thrives on just being in front of people and entertaining. He likes fun things. He likes to dance and tell jokes too. He loves coming up with themes.

CJ’s weather reports are very popular on social media. CJ’s friend, Jacob, and his mother, Rachel, are two of his regular followers. Rachel says they watch CJ daily.

“Every morning before breakfast, Jacob says, ‘I want to see CJ’s weather report.’ He can’t wait to see what dance moves, what the theme is. He loves it,” Rachel said.

CJ’s friend and former teacher Stacey Porritt also looks forward to CJ’s daily reports.

“I’ve been a special education teacher for 28 years, and I love when my students can find their passions, and what they’re passionate about and can share that with the world,” Porritt said. “I love everything CJ brings to our community.”

Cheri says CJ is a blessing!

“He taught us so much. I mean, he’s just such a blessing. People say “Oh, he’s so lucky to have you as a parent” and you think, you were wrong. We are lucky to have him. It teaches us to live in the moment and not take things too seriously, which I can do sometimes, and it reminds me of mom, take a cold pill,” Cheri said.

You can find CJ’s daily forecast every morning on WCJR Weather on Facebook.

We would like to thank CJ Riemer for always bringing a bit of sunshine to brighten up the day!

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