In his nearly three decades as a broadcaster at WYFF News 4, chief meteorologist John Cessarich became a trusted source of comfort during frightening times for countless Upstate residents.
Hurricanes, tornadoes, thunderstorms: The scary sounds of the weather’s fury were eased, year after year, thanks to the warmth of Cessarich’s voice. His forecasts may have been rooted in numerical figures, but the legacy Cessarich left behind after he departed his role Tuesday, Nov. 26 after 27 years at WYFF News 4 will be impossible to measure, according to station officials.
“For nearly three decades, John has set the standard for community service,” said John Humphries, WYFF president and general manager.
As the longest-tenured chief meteorologist in the station’s history, Cessarich was celebrated with a 30-minute special, “John Cessarich: A Look Back.” The special featured some of Cessarich’s funniest and most impactful moments, along with touching stories from viewers.
WYFF also honored Cessarich on Nov. 21 with a final “John On The Road” event. Broadcast live from the Peace Center, the event offered a chance for community members to offer their thanks and share some of their favorite memories.
Humphries called the event “a celebration of a community tradition that has positively impacted hundreds of local events and charitable organizations over the past 27 years.”
Cessarich was succeeded by Chris Justus, who was named chief meteorologist.