July 10, 2014 at 1:20 pm

WXYZ's Rexroth upbeat following surgery to remove eye

WXYZ Chief Meteorologist Dave Rexroth appears to be in good spirits after his surgery Wednesday to remove an eye after a fireworks accident, even joking about getting a new prosthetic eye.

“Yesterday was surprisingly a good day,” Rexroth said, according to a WXYZ-TV report. “Even though I had my eye removed, it was the start of moving forward with healing. Eventually, I will get a new left eye. I told the prosthesis people I would like Max Scherzer super powers. I got no reaction. Apparently they don’t follow the Tigers much in Iowa. Thank you all so much for the supportive comments and prayers!”

WXYZ-TV posted a photo and comment from Rexroth on Twitter Thursday morning.

Surgery went well Wednesday for the weatherman, who lost vision in his left eye when it was cut in a fireworks accident July 4 while visiting his family in Iowa City, Iowa.

Iowa police have not released the circumstances of the incident. Sgt. Scott Gaarde confirmed that fireworks are illegal in the state, but said, “At this time we do not have an active criminal investigation into the usage of fireworks in this particular incident.”

Rexroth, the station’s chief meteorologist since August 2010, provides weather updates during the 5, 6, 7 and 11 p.m. newscasts. He is expected to return in September.

WXYZ encouraged viewers interested in sending Rexroth a get-well message to:

» Send a photo to sendit@wxyz.com

» Post a message on WXYZ’s Facebook page

» Leave a note on his Facebook page

» Tweet him @rexroth7wxyz

TBriscoe@detroitnews.com