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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 05/14/2010

Meteorologists here, there and high above

By Dan Stillman

Bob Ryan to WJLA almost official

* Does roller coaster weather week end with storms? Full Forecast *

A veteran D.C. weathercaster gets set to return to the local airwaves. A former Houston TV forecaster hopes to try his luck with love. And two trips to space weren't enough for this British-born meteorologist. Here's a brief tour of meteorologists making news locally, nationally and universally...


Bob Ryan

Bob Ryan back soon? The rumor ever since Ryan left his longtime position as chief meteorologist at WRC (Channel 4) in February was that he'd eventually join the weather team at WJLA (Channel 7) led by Doug Hill. It now appears that rumor will become reality, with an announcement "expected within days." This despite a recent report on DCRTV.com that WUSA (Channel 9) was also making an effort to woo Ryan.

Ryan is expected to take over the 11 p.m. news at Channel 7, the Washington Post reports, and also play an important role on TBD.com, the local news Web site scheduled for launch this summer by Allbritton Communications, which owns WJLA, NewsChannel 8 and the Politico Web site and newspaper.

Keep reading for more meteorologists in the news...

Will weather small talk get the girl? Former Houston TV meteorologist Jonathan Novack is a candidate for the next season of ABC's "The Bachelorette." The Houston Chronicle reports that Novack recently said he was leaving KPRC, the local NBC affiliate, "to explore some other areas for his career."

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Nope... it's a meteorologist: British-born meteorologist Piers Sellers is part of the crew slated to rocket into space this afternoon on what is the Space Shuttle Atlantis's last scheduled trip to space. According to Scientific American, Sellers "will carry to orbit a memento representing a famous fellow Englishman--a piece of the apple tree that allegedly inspired Isaac Newton's theory of gravitation." This would be the NASA astronaut's third flight into space.

By Dan Stillman  | May 14, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
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Comments

Steve Carell does the UK weather

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=756_1270403432

Posted by: SteveT-CapitalWeatherGang | May 14, 2010 11:58 AM | Report abuse

BTW you forgot to mention...According to DCRTV, former WUSA9 weathercaster Kim Martucci is expecting; birth is due in October/November. I think DCRTV said that Martucci met her husband on Channel 9...don't know that but I do know he proposed to her while the newscast was on air...sure wish we wouldn't have rain & low pressure for my wisdom tooth extraction Tuesday the 18th; it makes the surgery & recuperation more painful.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | May 14, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

It will be nice to have Bob and Doug together on the same station. I've long considered them the two best local meterologists, though Doug does a better job of explaining things, by far. Bob just skips over too many generalities too quickly.

Posted by: MMCarhelp | May 14, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

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