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Eric Fisher Named Chief Meteorologist at WBZ

Eric Fisher is joining WBZ in Boston as chief meteorologist. He will officially join the CBS O&O August 19.

Fisher returns to Boston from Atlanta, where he has been a meteorologist at The Weather Channel since 2010. He has also worked as a meteorologist for WFXT in Boston and WGGB in Springfield, Mass.

“Eric is a native New Englander who’s very familiar with our area’s dynamic weather, and he has a track record for spot-on forecasting,” WBZ news director John Verrilli said in a statement. “He also has a great deal of experience reporting live, in extreme weather, and his skills will serve the community well when he reports on breaking weather from the WBZ Mobile AccuWeather Lab.”

Fisher will handle the weather forecasts on the 5, 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts on WBZ and the 10 p.m. newscast on sister station WSBK. Todd Gutner, who is currently the evening meteorologist, will shift to mornings, replacing Melissa Mack, who left WBZ earlier this year. Barry Burbank, who has been filling in on the morning newscast since Mack’s departure, will be the weekend morning meteorologist and Joe Joyce will be the weekend evening meteorologist.

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Boston Stations Remember Blizzard of ’78

Wednesday marked the thirty five year anniversary of the Blizzard of ’78 when New England was hit hard by foul winter weather killing 100 people and injuring thousands.

This week, Boston TV stations have been taking a looking back at the snowstorm by which they say all snowstorms are measured while they keep an eye on another blizzard expected to hit the area Friday.

WHDH, the Boston NBC affiliate, FOX owned WFXT and CBS owned WBZ all focused on the differences between then and now, making the point that technology has advanced far enough to help residents avoid the problems presented in 1978. You can watch the report from WHDH after the jump.

In his report, WFXT’s Kevin Lemanowicz said New Englanders blew off warnings about the blizzard because a snowstorm earlier in the month had been poorly forecast. Lemanowicz points out the computer models of today are a far cry from the paper maps of 1978. Weather forecasters thought the snow would begin falling at dawn on February 5, 1978, instead it came mid-morning. “And when we turn back the clock thirty five years and look how they predicted it,” Lemanowicz pointed out. “It’s amazing the forecast was even this close.” Read more