Weather Watcher - Ava, IL February 15, 2002 at 4:32 AM CST - Updated June 29 at 10:41 PM Name: Mike Jennings Town: Ava, IL Number of years as Weather Watcher: Since 1997 Most interesting weather: Mike says the most interesting weather he has seen is the 12 inches of snow that fell on Thanksgiving 1980. Something extra: Mike spent 24 years working as a coal miner. He has retired and spends his time as a bus driver for Trico District 176. He says, "I like working with kids. They keep me young."