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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
  • 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 […]

  • What Will the Cold Wind Blow in

    Our run with above average temperatures is about to come to a sudden ending.  We’ve been talking about this change for more than a week now.  In fact, I wrote a blog post about it a week ago.  Well that change has finally arrived in the form of a fairly potent cold front. The map above roughly shows the height of the jet stream from Monday afternoon.  Notice the ridge or warmth across the East.  That has been a semi-permanent […]

  • A ‘Supermoon’ is Coming

    You may have heard us mention that we have a Supermoon coming up on Monday.  What’s a Supermoon and what does it mean for you?  Hopefully, this blog will help to answer those questions. The Full Cold Moon rises on Sunday, but it's also a Supermoon best viewed early Monday morning! — John Hickey (@JohnWNEP) November 29, 2017 We have the Full Cold Moon coming up this Sunday.  It will be full at 10:47 a.m.  In the wee hours […]

  • Beyond the 7-day: Looking for cold and snow

    December starts Friday which marks the start of meteorological winter.  The Full Cold Moon rises on Sunday further exemplifying what December is all about.  It’s not our coldest or snowiest month on average (that’s January), but it traditionally marks the beginning of a cold and snowy stretch much to the delight of winter weather lovers… and chagrin of those who long for warm summer days.  The end of November and first days of December look rather warm.  Check out the […]

  • What’s the Deal with the Weekend

    The nuts and bolts of your upcoming weekend forecast have been rock solid for three straight days now.  A low pressure system pulling to our north will drag a cold front through the region.  This will bring periods of rain on Saturday and the chance for lake effect flurries and snow showers on Sunday.  However, as the expression goes, the devil is in the details. Image shows 6hr accumulated precip from 18z GFS. Part of the "model trend" to delay […]

  • First Significant Lake Effect Snow Possible Early Next Week

    It's early, but departing system on Sunday likely creates blustery cold Northwest wind over warm Great Lakes for several days. *Could* mean prolonged period of Lake Effect Snow. Worth watching! — John Hickey (@JohnWNEP) November 14, 2017 We’re entering prime season for Lake Effect snow events and the first decent one of the season could be coming up for the second half of the weekend and into early next week.  A low pressure system lifting to our north on […]

  • Bundle Up and Chill Out: Record Lows Possible in Northeast by the Weekend

    SCRANTON — Folks on the East Coast should break out their winter coats. A blast of arctic air will roll into the Northeast by late Thursday, bringing the coldest weather of the season this weekend. Get ready for a quick blast of Arctic air later this week! Going to feel a lot like Jan/Feb on Friday. Record lows may be in jeopardy. Light #lakeeffect #snow likely. #cold #winter #nywx #pawx #beprepared — NWS Binghamton (@NWSBinghamton) November 8, 2017 […]

  • The Solar Eclipse: WNEP Asks an Astronaut

    All week long, many of you have been calling in with questions about the upcoming solar eclipse. To get the answers you’re looking for, Newswatch 16 turned to a former NASA astronaut for help.

  • How Does This Month of May Rank Temperature Wise?

    SOUTH ABINGTON TOWNSHIP — This May has brought us weather conditions that were often dreary and cooler than normal. We found plenty of people out with their dogs, playing soccer, and soaking up the sun as best as they could Wednesday, and tried to avoid thunderstorms. So on the last day of May, we wanted to ask people if they could guess whether or not this May was above average in temperatures, below average in temperatures, or just where they […]

  • What a difference a year makes

    Stormtracker 16 Meteorologist John Hickey Did you know that the WNEP backyard serves as the official spot for snow measurements for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport?  This came to be a couple of years ago when the National Weather Service office in Binghamton approached us with the offer.  Naturally, our band of weather geeks jumped at this opportunity!  When it snows, we give our friends at the Binghamton National Weather Service office a call to report how much snow has fallen for the […]