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: Latex Paint Disposal

    SCRANTON, Pa. — Like a lot of folks, you probably have some old paint cans lying around, but before your just throw them in the trash, you should find out about the right way to dispose of them. First and foremost, we’re talking about latex paint can disposal. Be sure to read the label on the can you’re looking to get rid of. If the label says it has a latex base, you’re good to go, if the can is […]

  • Power To Save: Hypertufa

    SUGARLOAF TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A woman in Columbia County is using old towels and washcloths in a unique way. “I was raised by two people that lived through the depression,” Kay Stanton said. “We didn’t waste anything.” Stanton lives in Sugarloaf Township, north of Benton, where she has been repurposing things for quite some time. “I came into a roll of snow fence years ago. That’s the old wooden snow fence,” Stanton said. “That was my first project.” Since then, […]

  • Rebates Offered for Energy-Efficient Building

    WAYNE COUNTY, Pa. — Eco-friendly building contractors can get cash rebates from PPL’s new homes energy efficiency program. Grimm Construction received a $68,000 rebate from PPL for all the energy-efficient items the contractor built into Hamlin Heights, a senior living facility in Salem Township, near Hamlin in Wayne County. “All the refrigerators, all the dishwashers, right down to the range hoods, and all the HVAC equipment that heats and cools the building is all Energy Star efficient,” said Grimm Construction’s […]

  • Power to Save: Energy-Efficient Lights in Kingston

    KINGSTON, Pa. — If you’ve driven on Market Street or stopped by Keiper Park in Kingston, you may have noticed some changes. New lights are going up and they are energy efficient. “Not only is it designed to make the park look nice but it’s to save money for the taxpayers and to save money for the organized leagues that pay for the lighting around the fields,” said Paul Keating, Kingston Municipal Manager. The new LED lights are part of […]

  • Power To Save: Hospital Building Eco-Friendly Power Plant

    PLAINS TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center is trying to improve patient health at their hospitals with a commitment to energy efficiency. Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township is building an eco-friendly utility plant similar to one that Geisinger already has at its hospital near Danville. “Everything we can do to improve the efficiency we’re doing here which should result in about a 40 percent reduction in our energy cost,” said Al Neuner, Geisinger vice president […]

  • Power to Save: Solar Power Upgrades

    TUNKHANNOCK TOWNSHIP, Pa. — The Pocono Raceway has a 25-acre solar farm and thanks to that, the track hasn’t had a power bill since May of 2010. “When you look at it from above, it looks like a lake if you see if from the right angle,” said Ben May, the Pocono Raceway president. “The power it produces covers the entire needs of the raceway. We don’t save the power so it goes back to the grid to the tune […]

  • Power To Save: E-Cycling

    SCRANTON, Pa. — Warmer temperatures mean it’s time for spring cleaning, but spring cleaning is more than just raking leaves and picking up branches. Getting rid of old or unused electronics can be a little tricky but Best Buy is making things easier for you. “Dumping is causing a lot of issues within the state and also the country. So that is why Best Buy started their recycling program,” manager Maura Azzarelli. For smaller items like power cords, the process […]

  • 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 […]