Few kids discover their career path at the age of nine, but when Hurricane Gloria blew through Rhode Island in September of 1985, NBC40 Chief Meteorologist Dan Skeldon immediately aspired to become a weatherman. So after transforming his bedroom into a makeshift weather center and providing his first weather forecasts over the intercom at Cumberland(RI) high school, Dan earned a degree in Meteorology from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.
Dan got his start in the world of broadcast meteorology in 1998, forecasting frequent snowstorms as the morning meteorologist for WLUC-TV6 in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. He then continued his snowbound television career as the weekend and then the chief meteorologist for WVNY-TV ABC22 in Burlington, Vermont. Dan came to NBC40 in December of 2003, spending the last decade predicting the sometimes fickle, sometimes frustrating, occasionally humbling, and always challenging world of South Jersey weather.
The tumultuous times of late, highlighted by Hurricanes Irene and Sandy as well as our June 2012 derecho reinforce Dan's passion for weather forecasting, and energize his desire to better increase preparedness in advance of all potentially destructive and deadly weather events. To that avail, Dan works with local, county, and state emergency management offices throughout the year. Dan has spoken at weather conferences and on panel discussion at all levels, from Ocean City and Cape May County local emergency preparedness conferences to the National Hurricane Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana in March 2012.
Recent storms have also spotlighted the great value of social networking in both weather forecasting and information dissemination. Dan has found overwhelming support for this through his Facebook and Twitter pages, and invites you to join him online and share your feedback!
Dan loves to bring the fascinating world of weather to South Jersey kids, as he has visited hundreds of classes and dozens of schools across the area, and also leads group tours of the NBC40 studios. If interested in either, feel free to contact Dan through the social networking sites above. You can also email Dan at firstname.lastname@example.org.