TC meteorologist Bruce DePrest announces retirement


Channel 3 WFSB chief meteorologist Bruce DePrest announced on Monday that he will retire at the end of the year, after more than four decades of weather forecasting in Connecticut.

DePrest made the announcement during the channel’s 5 p.m. show. He plans to retire on New Year’s Eve.

“It’s been a long time, 43 years in a market, and the longest serving presenter in WFSB history!” DePrest tweeted Monday night. “I still have more than 6 weeks left, so I still have work to do!”

“Bruce DePrest is the best of the best. His genius in all things weather and forecasting is truly amazing. His kindness and patience have made him a favorite colleague of so many for decades, WFSB-TV Vice President and General Manager Dana Neves said in a statement. “For viewers, he was a calm, reassuring voice in the storm – literally. He will leave giant shoes to fill and he has shaped the WFSB Early Warning Weather team for so many years that his presence will be felt even after his retirement. He will be missed terribly.”

DePrest joined the channel, CBS’ local Connecticut affiliate, in 1984 as a weekend weatherman, serving in the job for 14 years before moving to a morning show. He was promoted to chief meteorologist in 2002.

Before joining Channel 3, DePrest worked as a meteorologist at the Travelers Weather Service in Hartford from 1979 to 1984, the outlet said in a statement. He received his Bachelor of Science in Meteorology from Lowell University in 1978.

He is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society and holds the organization’s seal of approval for television weather broadcasting, as well as a member of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, the outlet said.

DePrest’s retirement wishes began rolling in shortly after the announcement.

Gerry Brooks, formerly of NBC Connecticut, tweeted that he was “always proud to say we were colleagues”.

Fox 61’s chief meteorologist Rachel Frank offered her congratulations, calling DePrest a state legend.

“You are an amazing meteorologist and a very humble person,” tweeted freelance meteorologist Zack Duhaime. “I have learned a lot from you over the years and you have helped me get to where I am today.”


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