Award-winning meteorologist John Morales joined NBC 6 as Chief Meteorologist in 2009. John is the longest tenured broadcast meteorologist in South Florida, serving as a reassuring presence for nearly 25 years.
His accurate weather predictions helped viewers during Hurricane Andrew in 1992, Hurricane Irene in 1999, and throughout the numerous hurricanes in the mid 2000′s.
In 2005, John was honored with the second of his three Emmy Awards for his coverage of Hurricane Wilma. In what could be considered his most important scientific recognition, John earned the 2007 American Meteorological Society Outstanding Contribution to the Advance of Applied Meteorology Award. He is one of very few broadcast meteorologists elected to be a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society.
Born in Schenectady, New York of an Irish-American father and a Puerto Rican mother, John was raised in Puerto Rico and later returned to his roots in upstate New York to attend the meteorology program at prestigious Cornell University. After graduation in 1984, he was hired by the U.S. National Weather Service to work in Puerto Rico, Louisiana, and Washington DC. During his government career, John became a Lead Forecaster before accepting a position as Chief of the South American Desk at the National Center for Environmental Predictions.
From 1991 through 2002, John served as Chief Meteorologist for the Univision Network and its Miami station, WLTV. From 2003 through 2008, he served as Chief Meteorologist for the local Telemundo station, WSCV Channel 51. While there, he became the first Hispanic to substitute as meteorologist on NBC’s weekend edition of the Today show and did so multiple times.
Among his many credentials, John holds the National Weather Association and the American Meteorological Society Seal of Approval for Radio and TV weathercasting, and has won the Broadcaster of the Year Award from both organizations. In addition, he is accredited by the American Meteorological Society as a Certified Consulting Meteorologist and a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist.
In 1997, Morales participated in Vice President Al Gore’s White House conference on global warming and climate change. John returned to the White House at the invitation of President Barack Obama in 2014 for the release of the National Climate Assessment.
He is the author of “Hurricanes: Know Your Enemy,” an everyday reference book on hurricanes, and co-author of “Weather Services for the Nation: Becoming Second to None,” a National Academies of Science report on the state of America’s National Weather Service.
John has received Emmy Awards at each television station where he has worked, including in 1993 for “48 Hours Before the Storm,” and in 2010 for “Hurricane Season 2010.”