Van Denton

Chief Meteorologist

Van was born and raised in North Carolina and has spent all but one year of his life in the state. That one year was spent in Myrtle Beach, SC before coming to WGHP in 1990.

As a child, Van collected weather equipment and began keeping weather records. Today he still maintains a home weather station which can be seen at his website http://www.vansweather.com.

Along with observing weather, he tried his hand at forecasting during his youth. For several years, he put together a winter weather outlook for friends and family. In 1980, he sent this forecast to WPTF TV 28 (the NBC affiliate in Raleigh/Durham in 1980). To his surprise, Hap Hansen, then weatherman for WPTF TV, gave him a call and asked if he would like to present this forecast on the air.

In October of 1980, Van and his family made the trip to the studios where the forecast was presented over the airwaves on the 6 PM news and the highlight included a 14 inch snowfall for December 27, 1980 to be the first snow of the season. "The days leading up to this date became very stressful as I became worried that the forecast would not work out. I did not realize how big of a deal that one night on the air would become. Everyone that knew me, knew about this long range forecast. What are the odds?" On December 27, 1980, it did snow and it snowed all day. "We did not have the 14 inches that I had forecast, but the ground was covered." This experience was the turning point that pushed Van into the direction of broadcast meteorology. The positive experience also is the inspiration for the Weather Kid segment that he began in 1997.

As a senior in high school, Van had another unique opportunity and this was to fill-in for Chief Meteorologist Skip Waters at WCTI-TV (ABC) in New Bern. Van was 17 years old and anchored the 11 PM Friday night weather when Skip was out of town. "I was very nervous to be on TV that night, but, it was my first official weather weathercast."

* 1987 Earned Bachelor of Science in Meteorology from NC State
* 1989 Awarded the AMS Television Seal of Approval.
* 1992, 2000, 2001 and 2002 Nominated for Emmy Awards for Best Weathercasts in the Mid-South region of the United States.
* 2002 Honorable Mention (1st runner-up) Best Weathercast in North Carolina from the Associated Press
* 2003 and 2006 Voted Best Meteorologist in the Triad in the Reader's Choice Awards

Currently, Van prepares the forecast and anchors for The FOX8 5:00 News, The FOX8 6:00 News and The FOX8 10:00 News. Van's forecasts come complete with his 3 Degree Guarantee.

Van and his wife have two children and are active members of Green St

Recent Articles

  • Weather Blog: 2014 cold outbreak facts

    Posted on: 12:30 am, January 6, 2014, by , updated on: 08:22pm, January 8, 2014

    The recent cold outbreak is one that we will remember for years.  It certainly lived up to and even exceeded...
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  • Weather Blog: When does winter really begin?

    Posted on: 10:22 pm, December 16, 2013, by , updated on: 10:41pm, December 16, 2013

    According to the calendar, winter begins this Saturday, Dec. 21, at 12:11 p.m. For most people, this date is recognized...
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  • Cold rain continues, icy spots possible

    Posted on: 10:41 am, December 7, 2013, by and , updated on: 11:56am, December 8, 2013

    Cold rain continues through Monday and some icy spots could appear on the roads in the Piedmont. But the icing...
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  • Weather Blog: Are you ready for the Season Change?

    Posted on: 10:53 pm, September 18, 2013, by , updated on: 09:48pm, September 24, 2013

    Just 65 days ago we were at the peak of summer heat, on July 15th. As we closed out July...
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  • Weather Blog: Will this be a good fall foliage season?

    Posted on: 10:26 pm, August 26, 2013, by , updated on: 09:03am, August 27, 2013

    Next to snow, fall color has to rank at the top of my list of seasonal offerings.  2013 has been...
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  • Weather Blog: Why are airports used for official readings?

    Posted on: 4:42 pm, July 19, 2013, by , updated on: 05:41pm, July 19, 2013

    I am often asked why we use the airport for our temperature reports when no one lives at the airport? ...
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  • Weather Blog: It’s been a wet year so far

    Posted on: 9:32 pm, July 5, 2013, by , updated on: 02:29am, July 6, 2013

    Now that we are just past the half way point of 2013, I thought it would be a good time...
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  • Storm threat continues this weekend

    Posted on: 10:45 pm, June 28, 2013, by , updated on: 11:01pm, June 28, 2013

    The chance of storms is likely to continue throughout the weekend. On Saturday there is a chance of showers and...
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  • More rain ahead for the weekend

    Posted on: 6:47 pm, May 3, 2013, by , updated on: 11:02pm, May 3, 2013

    A cool northeast flow continues to dominate our weather, but we did get enough dry air on Friday to see...
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  • Strong storms possible Friday

    Posted on: 9:38 pm, April 18, 2013, by , updated on: 10:12pm, April 18, 2013

    A strong cold front is headed our way and will bring in clouds tonight and a chance for showers and...
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  • Sun, chance of rain on tap for Easter weekend

    Posted on: 10:13 pm, March 29, 2013, by

    A low pressure system will pass to our south late Friday night bringing clouds to the region overnight. It may...
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  • Cold and rainy weekend ahead

    Posted on: 7:10 pm, March 22, 2013, by , updated on: 10:48pm, March 22, 2013

    Cold air remains over the area, but it will not be as cold tonight as it was last night. We...
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