Chief Meteorologist Andy McCray is proud to call the Quad Cities home! He joined the Local 4 News team in the fall of 2002 after working at TV stations in Rhinelander, WI, and Rockford, IL.
Andy graduated from the Ohio State University with a Bachelors of Science in Meteorology back in the late (19)90s. While in Columbus he interned at two TV stations but long before his college days he'd already decided he wanted to be a meteorologist! Already a Weather Channel fan at the ripe age of 8 years old, his family won a holiday decorating contest in Dayton, OH. Part of the prize was one of the local television stations broadcasting the weather live from the McCray's front yard! Andy couldn't get enough and he knew one day he'd be forecasting the weather on television!
Fast forward a few years – Andy was awarded the National Weather Association Seal of Approval in 2004. Every 3 years his seal is renewed based on his continuing meteorology education, including attending seminars all over the country.
Something else Andy is proud of – organizing the WHBF-TV effort to become one of the first television stations in the country to be recognized by the National Weather Service as StormReady. In the spring of 2012, the station became one of the first 10 TV stations in the country to receive such recognition!
Andy enjoys talking about the weather and is always willing to chat about the next thunderstorm or the next chance for snow! If you see him out and about feel free to share some of your weather stories with him! He spent 5 years teaching Intro to Meteorology at Black Hawk College in Moline.
Andy's also a big sports fan – always cheering for the Buckeyes – and likes to play golf and go for an occasional run now and then. He used to play basketball (not professionally,) but that came to an abrupt end when he hurt his right leg in December of 2012. If you remember watching for a couple months and seeing him sit at the desk instead of standing at the weather wall - that's why!
Nothing makes him happier though than spending time with his wife, who he met right in the Quad Cities.
- Favorite Quad Cities weather memory – Jan/Feb 2011 Blizzard
- Favorite TV show of all time – The Wonder Years
- Favorite Movie – Back to the Future
- First car – 1986 Chevy Camaro
- Favorite Ice Cream – Whitey's Chocolate Peanut Butter Revel
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