The following is a news release from NBC 10.
A Fond Farewell to Storm Team 10 Meteorologist John Ghiorse
CRANSTON, R.I. -- It is with mixed feelings that NBC 10 announces the retirement of longtime Storm Team 10 meteorologist John Ghiorse at the end of this month.
John has been a part of the NBC 10 team for 26 years. He has most recently been forecasting weather for the noon, 5:30 p.m. and Weekend Sunrise newscasts.
"John Ghiorse has been a special part of the NBC 10 family for many years, and we appreciate all his hard work and commitment during his time here. He will certainly be missed at the station and we wish him the best of everything and a 10 on the Ghiorse Factor for his retirement," said Lisa Churchville, president and general manager of NBC 10.
John Ghiorse rejoined WJAR on March 16, 1998, where he has been an integral part of Storm Team 10, which includes meteorologists Gary Ley, Mark Searles, Kelly Bates and R.J. Heim.
"I feel very privileged to have worked with John for the past decade. His career in our Southern New England television market spans four decades. John is a pioneer and an icon in our business and will be greatly missed. We all wish John and Connie good health and great happiness in their retirement," said Gary Ley, Storm Team 10 chief meteorologist.
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John's return to WJAR in 1998 brought him full circle to where he had served as meteorologist from 1968 to 1983. As a youngster, John grew up loving New England weather and that passion has continued to grow throughout the years. He began his career in meteorology serving on active duty as a weather officer in the U.S. Air Force. John received his undergraduate degree in chemistry from Harvard and studied meteorology at Penn Sate.
John's first job in television forecasting began in 1966 at WTIC (now WFSB) in Hartford, Conn. He then forecasted at NBC 10 for 15 years before becoming the chief meteorologist at WLNE (ABC 6) in Providence.
He is a member of the American Meteorological Society and has held its Broadcasting Seal of Approval since 1967. John specializes in marine weather forecasting and weather education for boaters.
"As I end my television career at Channel 10, I will always be grateful for the opportunity I've had to work with the finest talent in broadcasting at the very best television station in Southern New England. There will always be a warm spot in my heart for everyone I have worked with over the years, especially those colleagues and friends with whom I've spent many hours 'in the trenches' producing news, weather and sports day in and day out. In my opinion, the quality of their work both on front of the camera and behind it has been and will continue to be unequalled," John said.
During his time at WJAR, John has had the honor of receiving the Silver Circle Award of the Boston/New England Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 2007.
John is known for developing the Ghiorse Factor, which has become a viewer favorite as a quick guide for reviewing outdoor conditions based on a scale of zero to 10.
"The way I see it, we are not saying goodbye to a Rhode Island icon, it is an opportunity to celebrate the man and his great work - Mr. John Ghiorse. John has been a favorite of viewers and co-workers for over 25 years. We congratulate John and wish he and Connie much enjoyment in their retirement," said Betty-Jo Cugini, vice president of NBC 10 News.
"Lastly, it has been an honor and a privilege to be one of very few who have been given an opportunity to deliver vital weather information to the people of Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts. I thank them for their support and kindnesses over these past 41 years. Weather will always be part of my life and I now look forward to reveling in it in a more relaxed manner. I can now enjoy a snowstorm from a different perspective," John said.