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Rich Thomas

Rich Thomas has been giving you the weather for 32 years at WSFA 12. Rich became an avid weather enthusiast at the young age of  9, growing up on the shores of Lake Erie in Sheffield Lake, Ohio, just west of Cleveland. At age 13, he began attending American Meteorological Society meetings as a student member. The following year he became the National Weather Service's youngest cooperative observer for the state of Ohio.

Rich received an honor's scholarship to the University of Southern Mississippi where he majored in Broadcast Communications with a minor in Journalism. Later he received his meteorological  education at Mississippi State University. 

Rich came to Montgomery in 1977 to work at WHHY/Y-102 radio Among his duties, were disc jockey, music director and weathercaster. He came to WSFA 12 in August of 1981 as weekend meteorologist and P.M. Magazine co-host. He became Chief Meteorologist duties in 1983.

Rich is a member of the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association, and regularly attends many of their national conferences. His weathercasts bear the Meteorological Seal of Approval of The National Weather Association.

In 2007, The National Weather Service presented Rich with the Mark Trail Award "for saving lives and property through the promotion of NOAA Weather Radio."  He is a three time winner of the Associated Press Best Weathercaster award, most recently in 2011. 

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