Best Meteorologist (2014)

John Morales

What do Hurricanes Andrew, Irene, and Wilma have in common? Other than the billions of dollars in property damage, the terrifying hours of pelting wind and rain, and the weeks of misery for millions of South Floridians, there's one other thread linking the meteorological monstrosities: John Morales. In a transitional city where the constants are few, Morales is a rare bedrock in the media landscape, a topnotch, cool-as-cucumber presence at the weather desk. And he's hardly resting on his forecasting laurels — Morales is one of the most decorated weathermen in the nation. Raised in Puerto Rico and educated at Cornell, Morales joined Univision and its local affiliate, WLTV, in 1991, moved to Telemundo in 2003, and joined NBC 6 in 2009. In between, he's found time to author or co-author two books, advise Al Gore on global warming trends, and become the first Hispanic to appear as the Today Show's meteorologist. He has also won three Emmys, and in his free time he teaches at St. Thomas University and pilots airplanes. In other words, he's exactly the guy you want in your neck of the woods, glued to a weather computer when the next tropical wave whips off the coast of Africa and churns toward hurricane strength in the Caribbean.


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