NBC Connecticut Names Ryan Hanrahan Chief Meteorologist


HARTFORD, CT – NBC Connecticut / WVIT today announced Ryan Hanrahan as the First Alert Weather team’s new Chief Meteorologist, effective immediately. He will deliver real-time weather forecasts for the station’s weekday evening newscasts from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and at 11 p.m.

“Ryan delivers accurate, no-nonsense forecasts. I am confident he will thrive in this new role,” said Susan Tully, President and General Manager of NBC Connecticut. “His expertise and Connecticut roots blend to provide an unmatched knowledge that our viewers can trust.”

“Becoming a Chief Meteorologist in Connecticut has been a dream of mine since I was a kid growing up on the shoreline,” added Hanrahan. “I’m thrilled for this opportunity and excited to continue to share my love of weather and science with our viewers and in my home state.”

A native of Guilford, Connecticut, Hanrahan’s interest in weather was sparked by the 1989 tornado in Hamden, as well as hurricanes Gloria and Bob. After graduating with a bachelor's degree in Meteorology from Pennsylvania State University, he worked at WNYT, the NBC affiliate in Albany, New York. Hanrahan joined NBC Connecticut in 2005, after studying atmospheric science in graduate school at SUNY Albany. During his tenure at NBC Connecticut, Hanrahan has forecasted many of the state’s biggest storms including hurricanes Irene and Sandy, the October snowstorm of 2011, the blizzard of 2013 and the 2011 tornado in nearby Springfield, Massachusetts. In 2016, he was awarded a New England Regional Emmy in the “Weather Anchor” category in recognition of his weather forecasts and coverage.

About NBC Connecticut

Owned by NBCUniversal, NBC Connecticut / WVIT serves its audience with local news and weather information across multiple platforms, including more than 40 hours of newscasts each week on WVIT, news segments on CT COZI TV and online at The station is Connecticut’s leader with Facebook and Instagram followers and provides mobile users on-the-go breaking news updates and weather information through a customized application. NBC Connecticut’s commitment to excellence in journalism has been recognized with numerous Emmy Awards, and the prestigious Peabody Award and Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award.


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