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Meteorologist Colin Hackman Leaving WECT

colin hackmanMeteorologist Colin Hackman is leaving WECT, the NBC affiliate in Wilmington, N.C. “My family and I have decided, to concentrate more time and energy toward each other, and towards our growing business Go Time, assisting non-profits with fundraising,” he wrote on Facebook.

Hackman has worked at the station on and off since 1996. He began his career at the station as a teleprompter operator and studio camera operator and eventually joined KRNV in Reno as a reporter. He returned to WECT in 2004 and is currently the morning and noon meteorologist.

“I have been at this station on and off since 1996 (at 19 years old), and am forever grateful for the people here who’ve extend such grace, compassion and love,” Hackman wrote. “Thank you WECT for believing in me, for giving me an opportunity to be a provider for my family, and also for giving me friends and memories that will never be equalled.”

Hackman hinted that his replacement will be a “familiar face” to WECT viewers.

WOAI Names Albert Flores Chief Meteorologist

albert flores_304x200Albert Flores has promoted to chief meteorologist at WOAI, Sinclair’s NBC affiliate in San Antonio.

“Albert is a consummate pro, an integral part of our superior weather team and the most recognized face for weather in San Antonio,” WOAI general manager John Seabers said in a statement. “We are thrilled to have him step into this leadership role for WOAI.”

Flores has been the station’s morning meteorologist since 2011. He will shift to the 5, 6, 6:30 and 10 p.m. newscasts May 27.

“I am thrilled to serve our community as the Chief Meteorologist for News 4 San Antonio. I look forward to leading an experienced team of television meteorologists that will work hard to make sure our viewers are safe and well aware of the weather around them 365 days a year,” Flores said.

Chase Thomason Leaving OKC for SLC

chase thomason_kforMeteorologist Chase Thomason is heading back to Salt Lake City to work for CBS affiliate KUTV.

Thomason is currently a meteorologist for Oklahoma City NBC affiliate KFOR. His KFOR bio says he was raised in Salt Lake City.

He told TVSpy he will be starting at KUTV in early June.

Before coming to KFOR in August 2012, Thomason worked at KJTV in Lubbock, TX.

Local Meteorologists Interview Obama on Climate Change

Eight meteorologists are in Washington, D.C. today to interview President Obama on climate change. The interviews were timed with the release of a new study assessing the effects of climate change in the United States.

Participating in the interviews are John Morales of WTVJ in Miami, Jim Gandy of WLTX in Columbia, S.C., Megan Glaros of WBBM in Chicago, Bill Martin of KTVU in San Francisco, Jeff Renner of KING in Seattle and Janice Huff of WNBC in New York (pictured below with Martin). NBC News’ Al Roker and ABC News’ Ginger Zee will also sit down with the President.

The interviews will take place at 2:45 p.m. in the White House Rose Garden.

Adrienne Green Joins WMAR as Meteorologist

METEOROLOGIST ADRIENNE GREEN JOINS WMAR ABC2Adrienne Green has joined Scripps owned Baltimore ABC affiliate WMAR as meteorologist.

“We are very excited to add Adrienne to the ABC2 weather team!” WMAR news director Kelly Groft said in a statement. “Adrienne knows the area well and will round out our team, bringing us added team weather coverage on sunny days and severe weather days.”

Green comes to WMAR from AccuWeather where she worked as an on-air meteorologist for about three years.

Meteorologist John Gerard Joins WFOR

john gerardMeteorologist John Gerard is joining WFOR, the CBS-owned station in Miami, as the weekend weather anchor. In his new role, which begins June 15, he will also be the primary fill-in for chief meteorologist Craig Setzer.

“With his wealth of experience in the South Florida market and his expertise in general, John Gerard makes an excellent addition to our weather team,” WFOR news director Liz Roldan said in a statement.

Gerard moves to Miami from San Antonio, where he has been a meteorologist at WOAI for the past four years. He has previously worked in South Florida at WPLG and WTVJ in Miami.

Joel Nichols Set to Join KSHB in Kansas City

joel nichols promoWeathercaster Joel Nichols is joining KSHB, the NBC affiliate in Kansas City, The Pitch reports. Nichols most recently worked at rival KMBC, the ABC affiliate in Kansas City.

“Joel Nichols will be joining 41 Action News later this summer,” KSHB creative services director Randy Thurman said. “We are excited to have him on our team.”

Nichols worked at KMBC for 25 years before signing off in January. According to The Pitch, KSHB has been running promos advertising Nichols’ return (pictured).

WTVA Meteorologist Orders Staffers to the Basement as Tornado Sweeps Through Tupelo

Employees at WTVA, the NBC affiliate in Tupelo, were forced to seek shelter during a live broadcast this afternoon as a tornado approached the area (video above).

“This is a tornado emergency for Lee County,” chief meteorologist Matt Laubhan said moments before the evacuation. “This is a tornado ripping through the city of Tupelo as we speak. And this could be deadly.”

Around 3 p.m., Laubhan informed viewers that the station, which was reportedly running on backup power, was sheltering most people, “except the absolutely essential staff.”

The station later tweeted, “We are safe here.”

Meteorologist Austin Caviness Leaving WXII

austin cavinessAustin Caviness is leaving WXII to become the pastor at Salem Fork Christian Church in Dobson, the Triad Business Journal reports. Caviness has been a meteorologist at the Winston-Salem NBC affiliate since 1997.

“All of us at WXII 12 hate to lose Austin, but we fully support his decision to go into the ministry. We thank Austin for his years of service to our viewers and wish him and his family the very best,” WXII president and general manger Hank Price said in a statement.

Caviness will officially sign off from WXII at the end of May.

KDFW to Add Ali Turiano as Weekend Meteorologist

turiano_outsizedAli Turiano is joining Dallas-Fort Worth FOX owned station KDFW as weekend meteorologist on May 28.

“I have always dreamed of being a part of the Dallas community and am looking forward to calling the “Big D” my home,” Turiano said in a statement. “North Texas’ varied climate and great community make this job a dream come true.”

Turiano recently announced she was leaving News 13 in Orlando after six years there. She has also worked at WENY in Elmira, NY , and WICU in Erie, PA.

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