John Farley

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Chief Meteorologist

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.


Today's Forecast

Today we'll see clouds with a few showers and high near 80. Then a strong line of storms blows through late this afternoon and into this evening. That will usher in some very nice fall weather starting on Thursday. [field59_video…

Today's Forecast

Look for on & off showers (some heavy) through Tuesday evening. On Wednesday a strong line of storms will blow through. That will usher in some much cooler and drier air starting on Thursday.

Two Tropical Storms in the Atlantic Now

There are 2 active tropical storms in the Atlantic: Peter and Rose.  Peter poses a threat to Bermuda.  It appears that Rose will pose no threat to anyone.

New Tropical Storm

A new tropical storm has formed. Odette is off the Maryland coast and headed out to sea.  The only impact on the U.S. will be big waves from North Carolina to Maine.

Today's Forecast

Look for mainly sunny days with highs pushing 90 degrees, plenty of humidity, and some scattered late storms this weekend.