Chief Meteorologist for WWSB ABC 7
Bob Harrigan has been forecasting weather in the Bradenton & Sarasota area now for 30 years. He graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Atmospheric science and worked for the National Weather Service as a weather observer, and as an instructor in weather forecasting and micro-computer classes at the University of Kansas. Bob has been designated a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist by the American Meteorological Society.
Bob has a unique perspective on Hurricanes, experiencing the power of these storms close up when he flew into the eye of a 115 mph hurricane named Bertha aboard the famed hurricane hunter aircraft in 1996 . In 2004, he boarded another hurricane hunter aircraft, NOAA’s P3 Orion, and flew into an even stronger storm named Ivan. Strong storm systems can pop-up quickly here in Florida, and Bob always makes sure his audience is armed with knowledge and his personal experience to help them get through severe weather when it threatens the populations of the Sarasota-Bradenton area. “It’s essential for survival to know safety tips that can save lives.” To that end, he provides a series of valuable hurricane and severe weather seminars each year for residents, educates children in Manatee, Charlotte, & Sarasota County area schools, co-produces an annual hurricane television special, and engages and speaks on the state and national level with other weather experts and emergency management personnel.
Bob has been voted by the Bradenton Herald readers as the “Best Television Meteorologist” in the Tampa bay area over 5 times and voted the “Best Television Personality” by Sarasota Magazine several times. He volunteers his time with countless non-profit organizations, routinely raising money and awareness for local causes.
Bob Harrigan resides in Bradenton, FL with his wife Susan and daughter Emma Grace where you’ll find him enjoying family life, the beauty of our area, golfing, and fishing the local waters.