(WPRI) — Flashback to spring 1987. Reagan was president. Ed DiPrete, our governor. And, a young Tony Petrarca made his forecasting debut on WPRI 12.
As Eyewitness News celebrates 30 Years of Tony, we invite you to share your best memories of one of Southern New England’s most beloved meteorologists.
Feel free to leave your thoughts and memories in the commenting section at the bottom of this post or comment on our Facebook page. In the meantime, here’s what some of Tony’s colleagues have to say.
Tony, you have been a great mentor and friend. From the moment I arrived at WPRI more than 12 years ago, you graciously shared your knowledge and experience of forecasting Southern New England weather. Without a doubt, I am a better meteorologist because of it.
Some of my best memories at WPRI have been covering the biggest storms of the last decade with you… From the December Debacle to the historic floods 2010, to the record snowfall in 2015, to Hurricanes Sandy and Irene, you’ve been a leader in the weather center, the newsroom and the community.
Thank you for your expertise, your dedication and mostly your friendship. Here’s to many more years as a team!” -Michelle Muscatello
Congrats on 30 years Tony! It’s been a pleasure learning about New England weather from you and working with such a great guy!” – Pete Mangione
“Tony is a true professional but even more significant—he is a loving father, devoted son, brother and friend who’s been giving of his time and talent for 30 years. It’s an honor to sit next to him every night. Congratulations, Tony!” – Mike Montecalvo
Tony… from the moment I walked into WPRI 17 years ago you made me feel welcome… and you have always been there with a smile and a laugh ever since… you rock!” -Danielle North
Tony’s love for forecasting the weather is equal to his love for coffee…and that’s a lot of love! – Kelly Sullivan
Tony is the most humble ‘legend’ I’ve ever met. An all-around good guy with a big heart — and a sense of humor to match. He’s been a gift to Channel 12 over the decades. To 30 years more, Tony! Congrats! – Jared Pliner
“As a Rhode Island girl who grew up watching Tony, I still can’t believe I’m lucky enough to call him my colleague. Congrats, Tony! Here’s to another 30 years!” – Kim Kalunian
You make me regret not growing up in Rhode Island. Congratulations. – Mark Dondero
“Tony visited my class when I was in 5th grade. I thought he was the coolest then and I still think he’s the coolest now. I may have the word “Doppler” tattooed on my bicep because of him. It’s a pleasure to get to get to work with him each day. Wishing him the best for the next 30 years!” – Brendan Kirby