John Farley

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Chief Meteorologist

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John Farley has worked as a Meteorologist for more than 20 years and is honored to be the Chief Meteorologist for ABC Columbia. He understands the challenges of forecasting the ever-changing weather of the Midlands. That was never more important than on Saturday night October 3rd, when the worst storm of a generation dropped up to 21 inches of rain right here in Columbia. During that storm, John spent the night and following day in continuous coverage, warning viewers of the perils of the flooding. He says, “It’s a period of 36 hours that has left an indelible imprint on me. Seeing our neighbors, whose lives are now changed forever because of the power of this storm, is very impacting.”

Before joining ABC Columbia, he was the Chief Meteorologist for NBC Affiliate in Columbia for 5 years. Prior to that he was at KNTV, the NBC affiliate in San Francisco, where he was the Chief Meteorologist for 9 years. John is an EMMY Award winning meteorologist, and is a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) with the American Meteorological Society. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Meteorology from San Jose State University, in San Jose, California, where he received the honor of Graduate of the Last Decade from the College of Science in 2001.

While in Graduate School, John worked with a team to create mathematical models that forecast the fog at San Francisco International Airport. His team was given the Excellence in Aviation Award from the FAA in 2002. John Farley is happy to report that the FAA still uses those models today. While in California, John also worked as a consultant for a power company which provides gas & electricity to roughly 16 million people. His responsibilities included temperature, wind, snow, and severe weather forecasting, as well as providing long-term electricity generation forecasts for proposed wind farms.

John loves to talk weather and he has visited with thousands of students over the past 20 years. He lives in Lexington with his wife and three children. They are all thrilled to call the Midlands home.


Just How Much Snow Did We Get

Below is a map put together by Eric Webb (@webberweather).  You can see that most of us north of Columbia got about 2 inches of snow (light blue), while some spots in Kershaw County got more than 3 inches of…

Today’s Forecast

Now that it's stopped snowing, the cold air is going to settle in.  Highs on Saturday will only reach the low 40's and by Sunday morning, the temperatures will dip into the upper teens.  Stay warm!

Columbia Finally Got 1 Inch of Snow

Today Columbia Metro Airport (CAE) measured at least 1 inch of snow. Why is that significant? Because the last time that happened was nearly 8 years ago - February 12, 2014.  Yes, it's been 2900 days since at least 1…

Wintry Mix This Afternoon-Evening

We're going to see a wintry mix, starting this afternoon, and continuing until after midnight.  The first wave will be freezing rain and sleet, followed by snow.  Accumulations will be on the light side, so the most significant impacts will…