For nearly three decades, John Cessarich has been the trusted face WYFF 4 viewers turn to for weather alerts. Today, Cessarich announced he plans to retire in late November.

“For nearly three decades, viewers have trusted John during severe weather, snow storms and hurricanes,” said John Humphries, WYFF 4 president and general manager. “He has worked tirelessly to keep viewers safe and give them an accurate forecast. His dedication embodies everything we strive to be as journalists.”

Cessarich began his award-winning career in Chicago as a national weather

John Cessarich
John Cessarich has been chief meteorologist on the early evening and 11 p.m. newscasts. Photo provided

reporter on the radio. His broadcast career Palm Springs, California to Albany, New York to Atlanta. Cessarich was also one of the first meteorologists hired to launch The Weather Channel in 1982.

Cessarich says he’s felt a personal connection to WYFF’s viewers and the community he’s called home since 1991.

“So many of you make me feel like I’m part of your family,” Cessarich says. “Where there’s severe weather, I want to make sure my community family, along with my immediate family, are safe. That’s how I’ve approached my weather forecasts, and I thank you for watching and trusting me all these years.”

The community connected to Cessarich through his popular “John on the Road” segments which took him to destinations and festivals across the Upstate. He also made regular visits to area schools for weather presentations.

“He’s been a trusted source for weather coverage, but he’s also an energetic personality in this market who viewers love to watch,” said Bruce Barkley, WYFF news director. “John is warm, friendly and will never turn down a good cake!”

Cessarich’s career honors:

  • 14-time recipient of the South Carolina Broadcasters Association (SCBA) Television Personality of the Year
  • Eight-time winner of the Southeast Regional Emmy for Best Weathercaster
  • 2018 SCBA Masters Award honoree
  • Silver Circle by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS), Southeast Chapter inductee
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