PHOENIX - Americans love their sushi, which is evident by the nearly 4,000 sushi restaurants across the U.S.
Consumption of the Japanese food-art in the U.S. results in $2 billion in revenue every year, according to the Sushi Encyclopedia. Big appetites for raw fish make for big bank accounts. If however, you don't wish to spend a lot at a Sushi restaurant you can make it at home.
While not as easy or common as grilling chicken or boiling pasta, making sushi can be enjoyable and fun. All you need is someone to show you how. At Ra Sushi, the staff at the restaurants host Sushi 101, a class where you make it and then eat it.
The hands-on classes allow "students" to learn the basics of sushi-making. From the rice to the roll and even saki pairings, you'll get an easy-to-follow lesson that will wow your friends with delicious results.
Classes are booking up quickly at Ra Sushi locations across the Phoenix area, so book early if interested.
National Weatherperson's Day
February 5 is National Weatherperson's Day. We caught up with ABC 15 meteorologist Amy Murphy and asked her how difficult the job really is.
"Basically a shift in the wind can totally scrap your forecast," said Murphy. "Then you can be in the grocery store and people will come up behind you and say, 'Yeah well I have size inches of partly cloudy in my driveway!'"
Even advanced doppler radars and sensor networks can't always stay ahead of nature's plans. Combine that uncertainty with the nature of live television, and most people would work up a sweat just thinking of the pressure.
"Everyone thinks the weather [report] is scripted and when viewers find out you actually adlib over the maps, they seem so much more impressed," said Murphy.
Of course, broadcast meteorologists don't attempt to impress.Their work can save lives and prevent economic losses.
Keeping audiences informed of important weather alerts influences decisions that can keep school busses off dangerous roads or effect operations of hospitals and other critical establishments.
In Phoenix, Amy Murphy and her colleagues at ABC 15 keep track of sunny skies in central Arizona, snow in the north and dust storms in the south.
They're not the only weather watchers in town. In Phoenix, meteorologists of the National Weather Service monitor changes in our atmosphere and climate for the federal government.
They issue severe weather warnings, watches and advisories 24-hours a day.
Without meteorologists, our modern society wouldn't be nearly as productive.