Longtime KUSI weatherman John Coleman dies at 83

Longtime KUSI weatherman John Coleman dies at 83

The news of his death was confirmed by his wife Linda Coleman. But that wasn't always the case, and for many years, The Weather Channel was the go-to source for storm-tracking and five-day forecasts.

Born in Alpine, Texas on October 15, 1934, John Coleman got his first break in TV back in 1953, when he was still a University of IL student, and he provided evening weather reports, among other things.

John Coleman, a Weather Channel founder, left, and Frank Batten, publisher of the Norfolk, Va., Virginian-Pilot and Ledger-Star, and chairman and chief executive of Landmark Communications, Inc., left, in 1981.

After helping launch The Weather Channel, he served as president and CEO for about a year. Coleman worked at several local stations in Chicago and the Midwest before joining "GMA" when it launched in 1975, staying with the program for seven years.

"Thirty-five years ago John Coleman and others founded The Weather Channel to answer a demand for around-the-clock weather information", The Weather Channel said in a statement released Monday. Coleman, in a KUSI news segment in 2013 while discussing a global warming research, chastised national media for reporting on it from "an environmental point of view and their continuing liberal, political agenda."His ideas combined with his weatherman career made him make appearances on cable news outlet talking about climate change.But there were no reports about the funeral yet".

After leaving the Weather Channel, Coleman spent 20 years with KUSI-TV, San Diego, as a meteorologist. He found his grand calling in 1984, though, becoming the first meteorologist for San Diego's then-new morning show at news station KUSI.

"This is a big loss for the weather community", said Alex Tardy, a forecaster at the National Weather Service.

More recently, Coleman expressed controversial views on climate change and insisted global warming is a hoax. Coleman left the network and continued forecasting on stations in NY and Chicago.

"He brought a lot of energy and color and enthusiasm to forecasting", Tardy said.

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