Matt DiNardo came to WRIC-TV in April 2004 and has been the morning and 9 a.m. meteorologist since his arrival.
Matt’s passion has always been weather. He was first fascinated by weather when he was a young boy growing up on Long Island and the area that he lived in was paralyzed by the Great New England Blizzard of 1978. That blizzard brought 29 inches of snow to his hometown of Stony Brook, New York. In the third grade, sitting in Mr. O’Leary’s classroom, at 1 o’clock in the afternoon the sky turned pitch black, the lightning began and it was ferocious. As the other students got up and moved away from the windows, Matt ran toward them. Not really a good move, since he wasn’t listening to his teacher and was later sent to the principal’s office. The event that sealed the deal making him want to become a meteorologist was Hurricane Gloria in 1985. The eye of the storm cross the central part of Long Island and his hometown and it was the most amazing thing he had ever seen. Matt was outside for the entire duration of the storm, as it hit during the daylight hours. Trees and power lines were coming down and again his mom was yelling to come inside, but Matt wasn’t listening.
Matt received his Bachelor of Science degree in the field of Atmospheric Science from the State University of New York at Albany, in 1993. During his time in Albany, Matt had the chance to do many internships and volunteer work in his field of study to see if this was truly what he wanted to do for his career. None would prove more valuable than his internship at WTEN-TV in Albany, where he first met his friend and longtime mentor Steve Caporizzo. Steve was an integral part of Matt’s development into becoming an on-air meteorologist.
Shortly after graduating from SUNY at Albany, Matt was given an opportunity to become an on-air meteorologist at WKTV in Utica, NY. He did weekend weather for a year and then was promoted to morning and noon weather. Several years later, Matt was promoted again to the position of Chief Meteorologist, where he stayed for 7 years. Matt was in Utica for a total of 11 years and enjoyed his time there. The people in the community were wonderful, the area was very pretty being nestled at the foothills of the Adirondacks and the weather was challenging, especially forecasting lake effect snow.
With over 25 years in the business, Matt has had a rewarding career. Matt is a member of the American Meteorological Society and holds the Certified Broadcast Meteorology (CBM) seal. Matt received an Edward R. Murrow award for his coverage for the Florence Tornadoes that struck central Virginia on September 17, 2018. Matt has also received two Emmy awards by The National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for his work as an On-Air meteorologist, in 2012 and 2015 and he has been fortunate to be nominated four other times. He has been recognized by the Associated Press of Virginia with a superior award for Outstanding Effort by an Individual Weathercaster in 2011, 2013 and 2015, and a meritorious award in 2014. While in Utica, NY, Matt received three superior awards from the Associated Press of New York for the Frankfort Flood, Schuyler Train Wreck and the Christmas Day Nor’easter 2002.
Matt spends quite a bit of time, when not at work speaking to different groups, classrooms, civic organizations or retired groups. Matt typically speaks to roughly 75 different groups per year.
Matt and his wife, Darlene, were married in June 2001 and they have one daughter, Alexandra, who absolutely steals Matt’s heart. Matt spends many countless hours with her on the softball field, as she is a travel softball player, specifically a catcher. When Matt has some free time, he enjoys playing tennis and is an avid fly fisherman.