Matt DiNardo is the meteorologist on Good Morning Richmond, 8News at 9am and 8News at Noon. He came to WRIC in April of 2004, from WKTV in Utica, NY. Matt holds a Bachelor of Science degree in the field of Atmospheric Science/Meteorology from the State University of New York at Albany. In 1996, Matt was awarded the AMS Television Seal of Approval and in 2010 he received the upgraded seal, Certified Broadcast Meteorologist.
Matt's fascination with weather began at an early age when he witnessed his first blizzard, which was the great New England Blizzard of 1978. At his home, in Stony Brook, Long Island, NY, he saw 27" of snow accumulate and was amazed that so much snow could fall from one storm. During 8th grade, in a course called Earth Science, Matt became hooked. He absolutely loved the weather section and was exposed to some of the simple reasoning behind weather systems and their development. In 9th grade, Hurricane Gloria, passed over Long Island and from that point on, he began to read, study and watch the weather, almost minute by minute.
During Matt's time at WKTV, he again witnessed and forecasted some very wild weather, from the July 1995 Derecho, the 1998 Labor Day Tornado at the NYS Fairgrounds, and more snowstorms and lake effect snow than he can remember or wants to remember.
Matt is the recipient of the Superior award for 2011 in the category of Outstanding Effort by an Individual Weathercaster At a Television Station and has been awarded the 2011 Best Weathercast of the year by the Associated Press of Virginia. In 2010, Matt was nominated for an Emmy, for his work as a meteorologist and was awarded first place from the Associated Press of Virginia for Best Weathercast. While at WKTV, Matt received three first place awards from the Associated Press for the Frankfort Flood, Schuyler Train Wreck and the Christmas Day Nor'Easter 2002.
Matt is married to his wife, Darlene, and they have one child, Alexandra. In his off time, he spends time with his family and is very active with is daughter and her sports. He is an avid golfer and loves to fly fish. Matt's favorite kind of weather is sunny, hot and humid. You might hear him say, "The hotter the better, because it is further away from snow."
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