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NYC mayor declares 'Al Roker Appreciation Day' in honor of weatherman's 60th birthday

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NEW YORK — Al Roker didn't have this honor in his forecast.

Mayor Bill de Blasio surprised the beloved "Today Show" weatherman on his 60th birthday Wednesday and declared it Al Roker Appreciation Day across the city.

De Blasio presented Roker with a mayoral proclamation featuring a photograph of the home where Roker grew up in St. Albans, Queens.

PHOTO: This image released by NBC shows New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, third from left, presenting co-host Al Roker, second left, with a proclamation declaring it Al Roker Appreciation Day during a broadcast of the "Today" show on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014,  in New York. Joining the mayor and Roker are co-hosts Natalie Morales, left, Tamron Hall, center, Matt Lauer, third right, Meredith Vieira, and Willie Geist, right. Roker turned 60 on Wednesday. (AP Photo/NBC, Michael Loccisano)
This image released by NBC shows New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, third from left, presenting co-host Al Roker, second left, with a proclamation declaring it Al Roker Appreciation Day during a broadcast of the "Today" show on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, in New York. Joining the mayor and Roker are co-hosts Natalie Morales, left, Tamron Hall, center, Matt Lauer, third right, Meredith Vieira, and Willie Geist, right. Roker turned 60 on Wednesday. (AP Photo/NBC, Michael Loccisano)

De Blasio's appearance came during the second hour of the NBC morning show.

The program aired a retrospective on Roker's life and career and had other surprises planned to mark the start of his seventh decade.


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