John Toohey Morales

For 20 years, John Toohey-Morales has been for the source of information and trust for millions of Hispanic viewers when it comes to weather. His accurate weather predictions and non-alarmist style helped save many lives during Hurricane Andrew in 1992, and kept millions at ease in South Florida during the unprecedented eight hurricane strikes to the Sunshine State in 2004 and 2005. His coverage of those hurricanes earned John an Emmy award.

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 New York to attend the meteorology program at prestigious Cornell University.

After graduation, in 1984, he was hired by U.S. National Weather Service to work in San Juan, Puerto Rico; Lake Charles, Louisiana and Washington, D.C. 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.

It wasn't long before the Univision station in Miami began calling. By 1991 John had joined the affiliate and by 1992 he became the Univision Network Meteorologist on the highly rated "Primer Impacto" news-magazine show. In doing so he became a pioneer in Spanish-language broadcasting by becoming the first certified meteorologist on Spanish-language television in the United States. In 1993 he was awarded an Emmy for "48 Horas Antes de la Tormenta" (48 Hours Before the Storm).

Mr. Morales joined NBC Telemundo in 2003, where he is Chief Meteorologist for WSCV in Miami. Since joining the Noticiero 51 team, ratings have surged and the main newscast at 11 pm is now the top ranked in the market, beating all English and Spanish language stations. John has made history at NBC as well, becoming the first Latino meteorologist to anchor the prestigious NBC Today Show from Rockefeller Plaza.

John holds the National Weather Association's and the American Meteorological Society's Seal of Approval for Radio and TV weather-casting, and has won the Broadcaster of the Year award from both organizations. In 1998 he was designated a Certified Consulting Meteorologist. This distinction is awarded after a rigorous, peer-review process to less than 5% of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) members. In what could be considered his most important scientific recognition, Toohey-Morales earned the 2007 AMS Outstanding Contribution to the Advance of Applied Meteorology Award for "pioneering delivery of meteorological forecasts and climatological consulting services to the Spanish-speaking community across the U.S. and Latin America, and for tireless outreach to minority students in the atmospheric sciences."


In 1997 John was invited to the White House by Vice President Al Gore to participate in a conference on global warming and climate changes with other leading national broadcast meteorologists. As a weather consultant he has appeared as an expert witness in cases where weather is a factor, as well as being the consultant for the Governor of Puerto Rico. John is also the author of "Huracanes: Conozca su Enemigo" an everyday reference book on Hurricanes. He enjoys his free time piloting his Cessna 210. He currently resides in South Miami with his family.

 

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