John Hickey joined the Stormtracker 16 weather team in January 2017. You can catch him weeknights on WNEP at 7pm and 11pm and on WNEP2 at 10pm.

Born and raised in Greater Boston, he attended Lyndon State College (Go Hornets!!!) in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. There John obtained his B.S. in Broadcast and Private Industry meteorology.

John best describes himself as “an outdoor cat”. This makes forecasting from the backyard more fun than work!

John began his career at WCAX in Burlington, VT where he got his start “in the biz” while still a senior at Lyndon. From there, it was off to the Southern Tier of New York for a morning meteorologist and reporter gig at WENY. After three years of covering the weather in the Twin Tiers which included the record flooding of the Susquehanna River in 2011 as well as the Elmira tornado in 2012, it was back to the Champlain Valley. This time, John joined the First Alert Weather team at NBC5 (WPTZ). While there, John served as the weekend morning meteorologist, started his own cooking series “In The Kitchen”, and skied/hiked just about every mountain in the Green Mountains and Adirondacks.

When John’s not at work, he’s most likely doing one of his favorite outdoor activities or rooting for his beloved Boston sports teams.

You can reach John at He’s always looking for new hikes and disc golf courses to try!

Recent Articles
  • Power To Save: Composting Rocket

    HONESDALE, Pa. —  One school in Wayne County has a new learning tool — a rocket. Don’t worry, students won’t be blasting off into space. This rocket is used for composting. The rocket is an enclosed food composter at the Wayne Highlands School District. “It is one of a kind in Pennsylvania and this region. We’re proud to say we’re the only school in the area that has something like this,” said teacher Dave Wacker. The food composter idea came […]

  • Power To Save: Composting with Worms

    SCRANTON, Pa. — Most of us think about recycling our cans and bottles but how many of us think about recycling our food? “Believe it or not, half of what is in a landfill, 50 percent, is paper and food. So on an individual level, a person can feel like, ‘I’m doing my part. Yes, I’m recycling and I’m recycling my food,” said Barbara Giovagnoli, Lackawanna County Recycling Coordinator. Enter, vermicomposting which uses worms, specifically red wigglers to turn organic […]

  • Power To Save: Rain Barrels

    HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, Pa. —  Spring’s soggy start probably doesn’t have you thinking about water conservation. The sound of an early spring rain is a reminder that the deadline for the Monroe County Conservation District’s annual rain barrel sale is coming up fast. “It’s a great way to conserve our water resources and to protect our water quality,” said Annie Mikol, a watershed specialist at the Monroe County Conservation District. Rain barrels work by capturing the water that runs off your […]

  • Power To Save: New Environmental Center Course

    COVINGTON TOWNSHIP, Pa. — The Lackawanna College Environmental Education Center near Daleville offers a variety of programs for all ages. A program that started just this past fall provides high school grads with all the necessary skills to apply for a job with the Pennsylvania DCNR. Students at Lackawanna College Environmental Center have the opportunity to have a unique program right here in their own backyard. The Conservation and Natural Resource certificate program covers field biology and park management courses […]

  • Power To Save: Eco-Friendly Salt Storage

    BUTLER TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Several snowstorms in the past few weeks have meant lots of plowing and salting for PennDOT crews. Salting roads helps keep them clear but road salt can be harmful to the environment. “We try to find that balance to make sure that we’re putting down enough help — keep the roads passable but not put down so much that we’re doing excessive damage to cars or damage to the environment,” explained PennDOT official James May. Storing […]

  • Beyond the 7-Day: Next week’s potential storm, the NFL Draft, and you

    After three powerful coastal storms, many have grown weary of this late winter onslaught.  You’re tired of the snow and I hear you.  I’m here to tell you that we are in fact keeping an eye on a *potential* fourth storm for early next week.  *Potential* is stressed because the social media sphere is buzzing with a “BIG STORM coming for NEPA”.  While an accumulating snow is a distinct possibility, this post is intended to break down the various players […]

  • Making Snow and Saving Energy

    ELK MOUNTAIN — A ski resort in Susquehanna County makes snow while staying energy efficient. Running a ski resort is an expensive venture. Resorts such as Elk Mountain have to find ways to provide the top-quality conditions that skiers and riders expect while also keeping the resort profitable. “It’s all little things but they all added up,” said Elk’s general manager Gregg Confer. Cooling the air and water used for snowmaking is one of those things. Another is purchasing new […]

  • Power To Save: Recycle Your Phone, Save Lives

    BERLIN TOWNSHIP — The Wayne County Recycling Center is lending a hand to a program for victims of abuse in our area. Your typical trip to your local recycling center probably involves a trunk filled with cans and bottles but at the Wayne County Recycling Center, you can add in one more item your old cell phone. The Wayne County Recycling Center on Volunteer Drive near Honesdale has teamed up with the Victims Intervention Program, VIP for short. The VIP […]

  • Beyond the 7-Day: A Super Sunday Snowstorm?

    Arctic temperatures followed by 60 degree warmth, drenching rain, and ice jams… January 2018 will be one for the books.  We wrapped January up with a rather average day which just seemed fitting after the wild month that was.  Now we look ahead to February which could very well get off to an active start.  Some snow showers and squalls are possible Thursday night but that’s not the focus of this blog.  I’m looking ahead to the system people are […]

  • Beyond the 7-Day: Tricky Late Week Forecast

    After spending 14 days below freezing, I think we’re ALL looking forward to a little warmth.  A mini January thaw is underway.  Temperatures finally climb above freezing Tuesday afternoon under some sunshine.  Ahhhhh how good it will feel.  Beyond this though, our warm up comes with an asterisk.  First up is a little wintry mix Wednesday night into early Thursday morning.  Warm fronts have a tough time climbing over the rolling hills and secluded valleys of Pennsylvania this time of […]

  • Beyond the 7-day: clearly a clear as mud Christmas forecast

    It’s hard to believe that Christmas is just a little over a week away.  Where did 2017 go?  That’s a totally separate question from the usual suspects this time of year.  Those questions being will it snow on Christmas and/or will it be a white Christmas?  As the title to this edition of “Beyond the 7-day” suggests, it’s not a clear cut answer. The image above shows the 500mb height anomaly for Christmas Day… which is basically saying what the […]

  • Beyond the 7-day: watching mid next week

    The well advertised cooler (read seasonal) air is moving in Tuesday night.  That much has been certain for quite some time now.  What has remained more elusive is the answer to the question “will the colder air come with snow”?  While there’s still no clear cut answer to that question, the long range weather maps started hinting at something today that I’d like to share. The image above shows jet stream level vorticity for this Saturday.  Vorticity is a measure […]