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Van Denton came to WGHP TV more than 25 years ago after working in New Bern (WCTI-TV 12, ABC) and Myrtle Beach (WBTW-TV 13, CBS). After arriving at WGHP on April 1, 1990, he anchored the weather at 11pm, Monday-Friday and a few months later the 5pm weather when WGHP became the first station in the market with a 5pm news. For 6 of these years, he had a chance to work with the late Frank Deal and did team weather with Frank at 5:30pm once that newscast was added. Frank was with WGHP from 1969 until 1996. There have only been 2 Chief Meteorologists at WGHP since 1969. Not too many stations have that kind of stability.

He earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Meteorology from North Carolina State University in 1987 and received the AMS TV Seal of Approval shortly after.

He is a 5-time Emmy Nominee for best weather in the Mid-South region of the United States.
Voted best meteorologist in the Triad by:
*Reader’s Choice Awards
*Triad Style
*Rhino Times

In 1997, he started a weather segment called Van’s Weather Kids and in 1999 gave a presentation to the national American Meteorological Society (AMS) Broadcast Conference in Orlando, Florida on the Weather Kids program. After this presentation, many other stations around the country began the segment too.

This program had been a dream for Van since he visited a station as a guest at 15 years old. In October 1980, he had sent a winter forecast to a Raleigh TV station, WPTF (NBC for the market in 1980) and was invited to give the winter forecast on the air. They did not normally invite kids to be on the air, but did in this case. The highlight was the first snow was forecast to be December 27, 1980, and was presented on-air 2 months in advance. On December 27, 1980, it did snow and he was invited back to the station and this opened many doors toward the television career. After realizing how significant this experience had been for him, he thought it would be great to do this for others. When Frank Deal retired in 1996 he brought the idea to the General Manager and News Director and they came up with Van’s Weather Kids. He had saved the names and phone numbers of young people he had met between 1990 and 1996 and called these young people to start the program. Once others saw it, the letters started pouring in from others wanting to be a part of the program. This program was nominated for 2 Emmy Awards.

Van credits two people for inspiring him in his career. The late Skip Waters at WCTI in New Bern where he interned and got his first job as a tv meteorologist. Skip even allowed him to fill-in and anchor the weather on a Friday night at 17 years old when he took a vacation day. He also learned a lot about the business from Frank Deal with whom he remained good friends until his passing in 2010.

He has been married for 25 years and he and his wife have 2 children.

Van anchors the weather for WGHP, Monday-Friday from 4-7pm and 10-11pm.

Recent Articles
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    Van Denton has the latest on the possible winter weather next week

    Cold weather continues and will get even colder this weekend. Before that, a weak area of low pressure will move along the coast and bring a chance for light snow and rain to eastern North Carolina and could send a few flurries back to the Piedmont on Friday, highs in the upper 30s. Clearing will take over Friday night with lows in the lower 20s. Saturday will be very cold and dry with highs near 30 and lows Saturday night […]

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    Van Denton says chance for rain showers tonight; could mix with snow

    There is a chance for a shower overnight and the air will be marginally cold enough aloft to support a few snowflakes if the precip falls with enough intensity. The best chance will be after midnight to just before daybreak. Precip should be light and patchy and no issues are expected. At most a dusting/light coating in areas where a good shower could form. I’ll have details at 5 and 6.

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    Van Denton breaks down the strong storm that hit Davidson County on Wednesday afternoon

    Here is some more information on the storm over Davidson County this afternoon. I have gone through every sweep and found this rotation at 1:10 p.m. northeast of Lexington and west of Thomasville. 34 mph does not sound impressive, but on radar that does get my attention. This was at the time when many experienced wind damage. Straight line winds were around 60 mph. The spin does not appear to be as strong, but still that is a noticeable spin. […]

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    Why is the sleet taking so long to melt? Van Denton has your answer

    Why is the sleet taking so long to melt? We often talk about the standard ratio of snow to rain (10 to 1). On average 10 inches of snow when melted down will equal 1 inch. 90 percent of the snow is made up of air. If the air is really cold, it can be 20 or even 25 to 1. Sleet is a solid ball of frozen water. As snowflakes fall from the cloud, they melt in a warm […]

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    Here’s the latest update on the winter storm moving through the Piedmont Triad

    The winter storm is here! Most of the area reported sleet with some freezing rain this afternoon. The freezing rain could be a real problem across the southern Piedmont. Southern Davidson County and Randolph County to Montgomery County will see more ice than snow. 1 to 3 inches of sleet & snow is possible over the southern Piedmont with between 1/10 and 1/4 inch of freezing rain. Winston-Salem, Lexington, Greensboro and Burlington could see 3 to 6 inches of snow […]

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    Latest weather models in — winter storm about to hit Piedmont Triad

    A winter storm with significant ice and snow is on the way. Everything appears to still be on track with snow and some sleet starting late tonight after midnight from the southwest reaching the Triad near 4 a.m. A gradual transition to more sleet and some freezing rain will advance from southeast to northwest during the morning (as a relatively warm layer moves in above the surface near 5,000 feet). The areas that stay snow and sleet the longest will […]

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    Latest weather models in — Van Denton has your winter storm update

    After a little tease of a light dusting to just under an inch today, the big storm arrives late Thursday night and is with us Friday before tapering off on Saturday. There is a lot of moisture with this system and the Triad is in the zone where precipitation will be mixed. Areas north of the Triad and west are more likely to remain mostly snow and or sleet. This will likely lead to more than a foot of snow […]

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    Winter Weather Advisory issued for Piedmont Triad – the latest from Van Denton

    FOX8 Chief Meteorologist Van Denton provides the very latest on today’s snow and the storm later this week: “Don’t dismiss today’s quick burst of flurries and snow showers. The ground is frozen and this could cause more issues than normal given that it could put a thin layer of ice on some roads. The National Weather Service has now issued a Winter Weather Advisory for this threat. Mid-afternoon through early evening is the time period we are threatened. Earlier in […]

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    Snow is on the way — Van Denton has your latest update

    Temperatures have dropped quickly this evening. A few high clouds will roll in late and that will slow down the drop. Still, we expect to dip into the mid teens with reading near 10 in rural areas. A strong upper disturbance will move across on Wednesday and bring with it a few snow flurries and snow showers. A few spots may pick up a dusting to 1/2 inch. Highs in the mid-30s. Clearing out tomorrow night with lows back to […]

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    The latest from Van Denton: Snow showers, flurries Wednesday; possible winter storm later this week

    After a very cold day, we have a head start for a cold night. A few high clouds will roll in late and that will hold us up a couple degrees. Still, we expect to dip into the mid teens. A strong upper disturbance will move across on Wednesday and bring with it a few snow flurries and snow showers. A few spots may pick up a dusting to 1/2 inch. Highs in the mid-30s. Clearing out tomorrow night with […]

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    Flurries, snow showers possible on Wednesday; more on Friday? Van has your forecast

    We could see a few flurries or snow showers on Wednesday. This Wednesday event is from an upper-level disturbance that will cross the mountains and as it does, it will weaken. Still, I would not be surprised to see some snow flurries and/or snow showers in the afternoon and early evening. This should not be a significant event, but a quick dusting is possible for a few spots. With showers, we do not know exactly where those spots will be […]

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    Van Denton explains possibility of snow this weekend in the Piedmont Triad

    FOX8 Chief Meteorologist Van Denton said Wednesday that there is a potential for snow this weekend in the Piedmont Triad. “There are two systems headed our way in the coming days,” he said. Here is how he explains them: 1. A gulf system will travel north with rain late Friday and early Friday night. Possibly some snow from this in the mountains. 2. Another system is shown on a few models coming up from the gulf traveling a little farther […]


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