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NBC Weather Guy Jeff Ranieri Moves West

Ranieri_5.22.jpgTVNewser has learned Jeff Ranieri, one of the original meteorologists for the now-defunct NBC Weather Plus, is leaving NBC’s New York headquarters and has joined NBC’s San Francisco/San Jose station KNTV.

Ranieri had been anchoring weather for MSNBC and the Today show as well as field reporting from big weather stories. Weather Plus was shuttered in December after NBCU’s $3.5 billion acquisition of the Weather Channel last year.

Launched in 2004, the original Weather Plus meteorologists included Ranieri, Bill Karins, Elise Finch and Jackie Meretsky. Karins is the only original member still working for NBC News.

Ranieri’s Facebook status, updated around 8am this morning reads, “Let the new adventure begin!”

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Weather Plus, Minus Four More

meretsky_12-30.jpgTVNewser has learned today is the last day on the job for most of the remaining on-air talent of the former NBC Weather Plus: Jackie Meretsky (pictured), Gary Achibald, Todd Santos and Britta Merwin. Meretsky, who provided forecasts for MSNBC mornings including “Morning Joe” is currently on maternity leave. Archibald, Santos and Merwin worked mainly on MSNBC or CNBC programs as well as for the now shuttered 24-hour digital channel.

That leaves just Weather Plus originals Bill Karins and Jeff Ranieri as on-air meteorologists for the networks of NBC.

NBC announced in October it would shut down Weather Plus, following the acquisition by NBCU of The Weather Channel. “We’re going to look at everybody and make a determination about what we’re going to do,” said NBC News president Steve Capus at the time.

NBC, MSNBC and CNBC have been using Weather Channel meteorologists more and more in recent weeks.