Tony Petrarca

Chief Meteorologist Tony Petrarca
Chief Meteorologist Tony Petrarca

Tony joined WPRI-TV in March of 1987 and has 30 years of experience studying and forecasting New England weather. He is a native Rhode Islander and grew up watching WPRI 12.

As a child, Tony would track snowstorms and hurricanes on his “weather wall” at home, and always dreamed of becoming a meteorologist. He thanks his parents for their love and support in helping him achieve his dream.

He is a graduate of Toll Gate High School in Warwick, RI and Lyndon State College in Lyndonville, Vermont, where he earned a B.S. Degree in Meteorology.

Tony is a member of the American Meteorological Society and holds the Society’s highest standards for a television meteorologist with the “A.M.S. Broadcast Seal Of Approval” award. In 2012, he was inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ Silver Circle in recognition of his 25 years as a meteorologist.

He has also been nominated 6 Times for the New England Emmy award for his work and was voted Most Accurate Meteorologist 7 times by Rhode Island Monthly Magazine annual reader’s poll, as well as numerous Civic awards. He has also won the Associated Press Award for “Best Weathercast” in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006. One of Tony’s career highlights was spending a winter weekend atop of Mt. Washington, N.H. which later turned into a half hour Emmy nominated weather documentary entitled “On Top Of New England”.

In the past 30 years, Tony has forecasted everything Mother Nature has to offer here in New England including 3 blizzards, multiple Nor’easters, the Historic Floods of 2010, Tropical Storm Irene, Hurricane Sandy in 2012, the 2013 Blizzard, and the 1995-1996 winter, which brought more than 100 inches of snow, countless severe thunderstorms, and even the occasional tornado threat.

Tony never really left school. In the last 25 years, he has visited more than 600 elementary schools teaching children about weather. With his influence and guidance, many students decided to study weather in college.

Tony’s motto is to give back to the community that he grew up in and he does just that. He has donated countless hours to various charitable organizations including the “Tomorrow Fund,” “Meeting Street School,” “East Bay Coalition For The Homeless,” “Crossroads Homeless Shelter,” “The Fogarty Center,” “Hasbro Children’s Hospital” and was a member of the Board of Directors for the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Tony is the co-host for the annual Meeting Street Telethon and former host of the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethon. He also serves as a Eucharistic minister at Sacred Heart Church in West Warwick, RI.

Tony is the proud father of two young children.

You can reach Tony at:  tpetrarca@wpri.com

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