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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
  • Power to Save: Kids Learning About Water in Lackawanna County

    PECKVILLE, Pa. —  Pennsylvania American Water’s 8th annual Wonderful World of Water camp is the place to be for kids to learn about all things water. “It’s a great opportunity to get kids outside. They’re learning about water. They’re learning about their natural environment. They’re having fun and that’s the most important part,” said Susan Turcmanovich, affairs manager. This year’s camp is held at the Valley Community Library in Peckville. The camp is open to kids ages 7 to 11 […]

  • Power To Save: NeighborWorks NEPA Helping Folks Save Power

    SCRANTON, Pa. — A big improvement project is underway in Scranton. Part of the work being done provides both light and energy savings. NeighborWorks NEPA volunteers are working all week to make home improvements in Scranton. It’s part of an annual event which helps out older modest income homeowners. “Do some things to help maintain their homes as well as make them safer and modify them as they get older so that they can live comfortably and independently there,” explained […]

  • Beyond the 7-Day: Drenching Downpours – We Meet Again

    After a few relatively dry days… our luck is changing for the rest of the work week.  A pattern very similar to last week is setting up.  It’s unlikely that we’ll see nearly as much rain as we did last week… but it won’t take as much much rain to create problems because the ground is already quite saturated. A western Atlantic ridge is creating an upstream atmospheric traffic jam.  A deep long wave trough with three short wave troughs […]

  • Beyond the 7-Day: Potential Soaker Next Week

    After some downpours early in the week, we’ve enjoyed a couple of dry days across the region.  We should have another beauty on Friday and have a dry start to the weekend before things begin to change for us. Initially, we’ll track a coastal low that will spread some rain our way for Saturday night into Sunday morning.  Highest rain totals look to be across Eastern PA.  The image above shows a weather model depiction of the mid-level flow flow […]

  • Power To Save: Ways to Save on Your Electric Bill

    WILKES-BARRE, Pa — If you’re bummed about that costly electric bill this month, you’re not alone. PPL Electric Utilities regional affairs director Tracie Witter has some tips to save money on your bill for next month. “Probably the simplest thing that you can do as a renter or a homeowner is to close the blinds, pull the shades on the sunny side of your home,” Witter advised. Another easy thing you can do is ditch the air conditioner for a […]

  • Beyond The 7-Day: Two Storm Chances

    It has been a great run of low humidity and sunshine for the last three days but that is changing this weekend.  Humidity, temperatures, and storm chances are all on the rise. Image above is a visible satellite shot from Friday afternoon.  Both jet stream troughs that will impact our weather locally are in view.  Each one is labeled accordingly.  Saturday’s “ripple of energy” looks to be a little less amplified than Tuesday’s, thus packing less potential punch.  However, it […]

  • Power To Save: Rain Gardens

    SCRANTON, Pa. — Heavy downpours are typical during summer storms but there’s a big problem. Where does all that rain go? “The more we cover the soil of the earth with asphalt and concrete, the rain that falls from the sky during storm events can’t enter the ground to become stormwater,” explained Bernie McGurl, executive director of the Lackawanna River Conservation Association. Stormwater runoff picks up debris from streets and parking lots and carries it into rivers, creeks, and streams. […]

  • Power To Save: Memory Artist

    WEST PENN TOWNSHIP, Pa. —  After a loved one passes away, it can be difficult to donate or throw away their clothes because of the sentimental value placed on them. One woman in Schuylkill County is turning those sentimental clothing items into memorable keepsakes. Inside a small home studio near New Ringgold, you’ll find Trina Schellhammer hard at work taking old clothes and transforming them into lasting memories. “I was always looking for a hobby,” Schellhammer said. “My husband had […]

  • 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 […]