FOX 26 weatherman Jim Siebert bids a tearful farewell after latest forecast


After 15 years on the air, FOX 26 Houston chief meteorologist Jim Siebert announced Wednesday night that he will be leaving the network and Houston to be with his family.

In a moving farewell, Siebert told viewers that he and his wife decided to be closer to their children and that they would miss the city, where he covered harsh weather conditions and some of the biggest natural disasters in history. the state of Texas.

“Today is my last day here at FOX,” Siebert said. “We love everyone here, but my family has grown up and they’ve moved out west and my wife and I are going to be moving out west and reuniting with our family. So tonight is my last night.”

The network aired a set of highlights from Siebert’s time with the company ahead of his final forecast, showcasing the extreme weather outfits and reports he had become known for.

Anchor Kaitlin Monte wept as she praised Siebert’s leadership and poise in the newsroom.

“You know, one of the most amazing things about you, Jim, is that you put a bar on our newsroom. You’re a meteorologist who put a bar on you because you refuse to scare the people or to exaggerate,” Monte said. “The number of things you’ve taught us behind the scenes and the number of things you’ve taught Houstonians…your trust in people and your friendship with us is incredible.”

A veteran of Hurricanes Ike and Harvey, Siebert has been a fixture on the Houston media scene for a decade and a half. he previously worked as a professor of meteorology at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas as well as a weekend meteorologist at KOB 4 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. As a youth, he aspired to join the Air Force and become a fighter pilot, but transferred out of an ROTC program after seeing cadets in class before ending up in boring office jobs. .

Fittingly, Siebert ended his final night at FOX 26 with a thank you message and a recitation of a catchphrase he told viewers in times of trouble.

“It was an honor for me to be here,” said Siebert. “I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: ‘Be calm, be alert, be wise.’ Make good decisions and if you take life and weather the storms that way, you’ll be fine.”


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