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NBC Connecticut Names New Chief Meteorologist

Ryan Hanrahan
Ryan Hanrahan Photo Credit: NBC Connecticut

Ryan Hanrahan has been named as the First Alert Weather team’s new chief meteorologist, effective immediately, at NBC Connecticut/WVIT. 

He will deliver 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,” Hanrahan said. “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, 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, N.Y. 

Hanrahan joined NBC Connecticut in 2005, after studying atmospheric science in graduate school at SUNY Albany. 

During his tenure at NBC Connecticut, he has done forecasts for 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, Mass. 

In 2016, he was awarded a New England Regional Emmy in the “Weather Anchor” category in recognition of his weather forecasts and coverage.

Owned by NBCUniversal, NBC Connecticut / WVIT delivers local news and weather across multiple platforms, including more than 40 hours of newscasts each week on WVIT, news segments on CT COZI TV and online at

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