Jim Gandyjimgandy@wltx.com News 19's Jim Gandy brings over 25 years experience as a professional meteorologist to News 19 and has been a major force in South Carolina weather forecasting for 15 years.Gandy assumed the position of News 19 Chief Meteorologist December 31, 1999, making Columbia television history for the new millennium in the process.He
has since become known as South Carolina's Weatherman. In 1974, Jim graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Meteorology.He continued his education from 1992 to 1997 by doing postgraduate work in Atmospheric Science at the University of South Carolina.His
first job was with the Center for Storm Research
in Houston, Texas.In 1975, he went to work at WREG-TV in Memphis as the first meteorologist ever to appear regularly on television in that city.Jim moved to Oklahoma City in 1977 to join the meteorology staff of KTVY-TV (now KFOR-TV).Five years later, he joined the consulting firm WeatherData, Inc. in Wichita, where he served as Director of Technical Operations, providing weather forecasts for the Kansas State Network. In June of 1984, Jim joined WIS-TV in Columbia as Chief Meteorologist.
14-year tenure, he
became well known for his
forecast of Hurricane Hugo, his
coverage of the 1993 superstorm, and the Lexington County tornado outbreak in 1994.Jim
was awarded the American Meteorologist Society's Seal of Approval
for weathercasting.The State newspaper named Gandy Best TV Weather Forecaster in 1993, and "Columbia Metropolitan Magazine
" named him Best TV Weather Personality for five consecutive years.Jim
is listed in Who's Who in the South and Southwest
, Who's Who in Science and Technology, Who's Who in the World. In 1998, Jim joined Gannett Television, where he worked as a meteorological consultant with the weather staffs of the company's 22-station broadcast group. Gandy is a member of the American Meteorological Society, the National Weather Association, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Planetary Society, and the New York Academy of Sciences.
In an effort to bring the science of meteorology to schools, Jim
has taught a course called Weather Science for Teachers through the Center for Science Education at the University of South Carolina
In addition, Jim
wife, Ann, are entrepreneurs.Their children's clothing store, Cartoon Connection, keeps them busy, when Jim
isn't forecasting Midlands' weather, chasing a storm or keeping a watchful eye out for the next hurricane… all of which make him South Carolina's Weatherman.