Tom Clark

Chief Meteorologist

I was born in Delaware County near Philadelphia and brought up in the nearby suburban town of Drexel Hill. There I had my first weather station at my parent’s home with a rain gauge out in the yard, an assortment of barometers, thermometers and indicators in my room and wind instruments mounted up on the roof.

My passion for the weather really got started after my fear of thunderstorms as a young boy turned to fascination as a teenager. I kept a daily record of the weather using my own observations and paid close attention to weather reports on radio and television.

After my graduation from high school a few years passed before I would enroll at Delaware County Community College. There I made the grade to be accepted at Penn State to major in meteorology. I struggled with the math and physics but my passion and perseverance paid off and after some blood sweat and tears I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in meteorology in 1980. Also in that year I fell in love with a girl who was also majoring in meteorology at Penn State and soon Noreen Roberts became Noreen Clark.

This was when my first contact with WNEP occurred. My class mate Paul Douglas asked me to work with him in a private weather service that he had started called Total Weather. One of our clients was WNEP-TV and we would call the station each afternoon to inform Jay Kristopher about the upcoming forecast. Total Weather was the first brand of weather seen from Jay’s Backyard at WNEP. Soon Paul got the nod to do weekend weather at the station so he would commute back and forth from school every weekend.

After graduation Paul and I moved closer to the station so that he could resume his duties as an on-air meteorologist for WNEP and I could continue on with the radio side of our business. When Paul became the station’s chief meteorologist there was an opening for doing weekends. After many hours of practicing on camera I auditioned for the job and was soon hired. Indeed my heart was pounding during my first show but I was on cloud nine and working seven days a week between doing the radio and the TV was not an issue at the time.

When Paul moved on to another TV market I auditioned for and was promoted to Chief Meteorologist for WNEP. The rest is history. I have now held that position for close to 30 years and I’ve loved most every minute of it. When we added more newscasts Noreen became one of our on air meteorologists and she has held that position for close to 29 years. Wow! That’s a long time but I can assure you that we don’t have a ‘stormy marriage’. Indeed I have been blessed working at a WNEP and with the station having such a loyal following of viewers. Our daughter Kristin is also a meteorologist having also earned her degree from Penn State. Ironically she now works for Paul Douglas as part of his private weather service based in Minneapolis.

My hobbies include landscaping, gardening, cars, aviation and collecting things like wrist watches and older styled weather instruments. For now one of the things I most look forward to is to see my daughter in a happy and loving marriage and for Noreen and I to become grandparents.

Recent Articles

  • A ‘Blood Moon’ is Coming, When You Can See the Lunar Eclipse

    Posted on: 2:31 pm, April 8, 2014, by , updated on: 05:53pm, April 8, 2014

    Set your alarm for anytime between 2:00am and 4:30am on Tuesday, April 15 so that you won’t miss an opportunity...
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  • Global Warming… Really?

    Posted on: 2:26 pm, January 23, 2014, by , updated on: 01:50pm, January 23, 2014

    While we continue to moan and groan about these ridiculously cold temperatures some would be inclined to poke fun at...
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  • Antennas Made of Ice?

    Posted on: 1:54 pm, January 16, 2014, by , updated on: 01:27pm, January 16, 2014

    These pictures show what appears to be radio antennas on the roof of a truck on an icy morning recently...
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  • 2013… Good Weather… Most of the time.

    Posted on: 3:38 pm, December 23, 2013, by , updated on: 06:01pm, December 20, 2013

    Our weather in 2013 was for the most part agreeable. Indeed we had our fair share of cold, heat, rain...
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  • Wassall and Cranberry Grapefruit Punch

    Posted on: 9:00 am, December 14, 2013, by , and , updated on: 05:02pm, December 13, 2013

    Newswatch 16′s Tom and Noreen Clark Share their recipe for Christmas Wassall  and Cranberry Grapefruit Punch  Wassall 1 gallon apple cider 3...
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  • Catch A Glimpse of Comet ISON

    Posted on: 2:46 pm, November 19, 2013, by , updated on: 07:34pm, November 28, 2013

    A comet by the name of ISON (EYE-sahn) is rapidly approaching the sun and this week the comet is supposed to...
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  • Heat Wave Tips

    Posted on: 4:11 pm, July 15, 2013, by , updated on: 04:07pm, July 15, 2013

    Safety tips for our first official heat wave this summer! To have a heat wave one must reach temps at...
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  • Lightning Safety Tips

    Posted on: 3:57 pm, June 25, 2013, by , updated on: 04:16pm, June 25, 2013

    Lightning Safety Awareness Week is June 23rd to June 29th The most important thing to keep in mind during the...
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  • Beautify Your Backyard: Long-lasting Blooms

    Posted on: 6:06 pm, June 7, 2013, by , updated on: 09:06am, June 11, 2013

    Knockout Roses This group of plants is known for their hardiness and length of bloom from early June thru November....
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  • Beautify Your Backyard: Early June Blooms

    Posted on: 3:45 pm, May 22, 2013, by , updated on: 03:35pm, May 22, 2013

    Tom Clark and Rob Rave check out some great early June blooms to help beautify YOUR backyard.
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  • Beautify Your Backyard: Fragrant Blooms and Pest Control

    Posted on: 10:05 am, May 13, 2013, by , updated on: 12:16pm, May 8, 2013

    Tom Clark and Rob Rave check out some fragrant blooms and share some tips on controlling pests.
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  • What’s New on the Radar?

    Posted on: 4:19 pm, April 26, 2012, by , updated on: 06:42pm, April 26, 2012

    As we approach the month of May we start thinking about severe weather season. Before the end of 2012 the...
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