Happy Trails Meteorologist David Reese!

Meteorologist David Reese in the CBS19 Weather Center snacking on some raisins during severe weather coverage back in April of 2018. David leaves his post at CBS 19 next month. He heads to a position with the National Weather Service in Brownsville, Texas.

Charlottesville, VA > Brownsville, TX

If I’ve learned anything from my stint of 20 years back in the TV News business, it’s this. You’ll make a lot of great friends, but don’t get used to them hanging around too long. Folks come and go. A lot. They move to other TV markets or totally out of the business. My former weather colleague Meteorologist David Reese is one of those leaving the TV side of the business and headed for the National Weather Service next month. NWS just got damn lucky. Really lucky. David is absolutely one of the best mets I’ve ever met. (see what I did!)

David told me a few weeks ago he’d gotten a position with NWS in Brownsville, TX, but Tuesday he announced it to the Twittersphere and his viewers in the tweet above.

I never got my meteorology degree. I was one of those weather guessers from another era where the emphasis wasn’t so much on the science as it was the presentation. David is the real deal. And he’s never failed to show how well he understands meteorology. He’s brilliant. And though he’s a weather science nerd, he’s absolutely one of the nicest and down to earth people you’ll ever meet.

Me in the foreground alongside former CBS19 Meteorologist Jack Durkin (L) and soon departing CBS19 Meteorologist David Reese. I had to honor and pleasure to work with David and Jack for a number of years when I was a relief weather guesser at CBS19 from March 2014 until December 2019. In this photo we’d just finished up some severe weather coverage in 2019. Jack literally drove back in that day in his flannel from a trip to his home state of NY!

Ironically David and I started at CBS19 about the same time. He already knew the weather systems we were using at the station. He was a tremendous help on coaching me through some newer technology. I’d been away from on air weather for a decade (used to do it some back in Memphis) when I stepped back in to do fill-in at CBS19. David’s patience with me is something I will never forget. And, his excitement to teach and watch an old dog learn new tricks! Between he and Chief Meteorologist Travis Koshko they got me up to speed after being away for so long.

I’m sure I’ll still stay in touch with David once he settles in Brownsville NWS. I continue to stay in touch from others that have left CBS19 and all of my formers stations all the way back to the late 80s and early 90s. But, it will feel a bit different knowing David isn’t looking at the skies and models for the Blue Ridge. He mastered forecasting here in an environment that can be one of the trickiest in the country!

David, happy trails to you. I started this post by saying NWS Brownsville is lucky to get you. And in a few weeks, they will learn just how lucky. Good luck down there and we’ll be looking for your name on a few NWS products in the not too distant future!

About tommystafford

Recovering from life as TV news reporter. Airplane & helicopter pilot. Weather guesser. Farmer. Trail runner, dad & husband living in the beautiful Central Virginia Blue Ridge mountains!
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