The world of broadcasting and meteorology recently mourned the passing of one of its most prominent figures, John Wetherbee. Wetherbee was widely revered in the field of radio meteorology for his physical presence and towering expertise. His career, marked by groundbreaking efforts and significant contributions, has left an indelible mark on the industry. This article seeks to explore his life, career and legacy by paying tribute and honoring his immense impact.
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John Wetherbee was known to those in the field of radio meteorology as “Big John” due to his impressive stature and passion for meteorology from an early age. Originally from Georgia, his passion for weather forecasting quickly spread as his career expanded across Ohio, California and Illinois but never lost the connection to his home state of Georgia. Began his meteorological journey in the late 20th century and quickly became a respected figure in the broadcasting community for his insightful forecasts; Wetherbee became an icon in the world of broadcast meteorology thanks to his profound forecasting abilities that made his weather observations so accurate that they became legendary in the broadcasting community across the world. Around the world.
In the late 1990s, Wetherbee pioneered a revolutionary approach to radio meteorology. He launched a unique radio weather service in 1997 that changed the way weather forecasts were delivered to the public. In partnership with Envision Radio Network, Wetherbee’s service has provided tailored forecasts for many radio stations across the country. His innovative methods and dedication to the field have made him a beloved figure among audiences and colleagues alike.
Wetherbee’s contributions to meteorology were diverse. Wetherbee holds unique roles as Chief Meteorologist for CBS television stations across multiple cities, such as Atlanta, Savannah, Nashville and Chattanooga. His expertise is not limited to just one area; He has influenced radio markets across America – Los Angeles, Portland and Chicago among them – Wetherbee has been recognized by the American Meteorological Society with the highest certification honoring the expertise and skill of grandfather.
It is with a heavy heart that we acknowledge the passing of John Wetherbee. His passing from this world has left a void in the field of meteorology and broadcasting. Known for his iconic greeting, “And we’ll make it a great day!”, Wetherbee’s voice and presence were a source of comfort and credibility for his audiences. However, his legacy lives on through the countless lives he touched and the significant contributions he made to the world of meteorology.
John Wetherbee doesn’t just broadcast weather forecasts; His career is about making a difference in people’s lives. His passion for meteorology was matched only by his enthusiasm for college football – two reflections of his ebullient personality. Wetherbee has been honored by induction into both the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame (2014) and the Georgia Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame (2024), honors that speak volumes to its influence and his legacy; Today we remember him fondly but his mark will live on for generations in the field of meteorological broadcasting!