Van Denton came to WGHP TV 26 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.

5-time Emmy Nominee for best weather in the Mid-South region of the United States.

2015 Voted America’s Favorite Weathercaster in poll of more than 600 weather people in 45 of the largest TV markets in 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 26 years and he and his wife have 2 children.

Van anchors the weather for WGHP, Monday-Friday from 5-7pm and 10-11pm.

Recent Articles
  • Piedmont Triad could see freezing rain later this week

    Wednesday night into Thursday is the period we need to watch closely for possible freezing rain. Rain returns during the overnight and some may see the rain start as or mixed with sleet. The best chance for this is north and west of the Triad, but we could see a shorter period of this even in the Triad. As temperatures cool to near 32, a few pockets of freezing rain will also be possible in the Triad for a few […]

  • The latest from Van Denton on Hurricane Michael’s impacts here in North Carolina

    Hurricane Michael, now a strong Category 4 storm, is forecast to move faster to the northeast over the next 24 hours and be over North Carolina as a Tropical storm on Thursday afternoon and evening, said FOX8 Meteorologist Van Denton. Winds here in the Piedmont-Triad will generally be around 20 mph with potential gusts to around 40 mph. Winds will be higher in the eastern and southern part of the state where 30- to 50-mph winds will be more common […]

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    GREENSBORO, N.C. — The Fourth of July fireworks show in downtown Greensboro has been postponed due to inclement weather. The show is scheduled for 9 p.m. Saturday. Parking is at the corner of East Market and North Davie streets. A line of showers and thunderstorms moving from east to west (opposite of the direction we normally see) is bringing showers and thunderstorm this evening. An easterly air flow is helping to bring our temperatures down a few degrees. It is […]

  • Winter Weather Advisory issued as wintry weather expected for northern Piedmont

    A wintry mix is falling across the FOX8 viewing area as a storm is marching across the region this evening and tonight. A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued for Alamance, Caswell, Forsyth, Guilford, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry, Wilkes and Yadkin counties. The advisories in Guilford, Forsyth and Alamance last from 8 p.m. Saturday to 5 a.m. Sunday. A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for the mountains, with heavy snow and freezing rain likely. There is a better chance for […]

  • Here’s the latest from Van Denton on the chance for snow in the Piedmont Triad

    Expect precipitation to start in the immediate Triad near mid-day Saturday. It will likely start as a rain/snow mix. Mostly rain south and more snow in the north. The rain/snow line is going to be near or just north of the Triad much of the weekend. At times it is also expected to slip into southern Virginia. Confidence is high for a heavy snow in southwest Virginia into the northwest mountains of N.C. (mainly northeast of Boone). Less snow in […]

  • Winter Weather Advisory issued for parts of the Piedmont Triad

    Temperatures are running about two to three degrees colder than models were showing this afternoon for this time period. This means we could get a little more snowfall. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for parts of the Triad. To see closings and delays, click here. A line of showers and thunderstorms has been moving through Tuesday night and this has also helped lower the temperature a few more degrees. To get thunderstorms with temperatures in […]

  • Van Denton’s first call for chance of snow in the Piedmont Tuesday night, Wednesday

    Temperatures will be much cooler Tuesday and the colder air will continue to filter into the area into tomorrow night. There are several areas of low pressure that will impact the area over the next two days. One important low will be a strengthening low off the coast. This will be responsible for pulling colder air down from the north. A second low pressure area and upper level energy will return to the area late Tuesday night and Wednesday. This […]

  • Snow ending west to east late Monday afternoon through early evening in the Triad

    Snow will be ending west to east late Monday afternoon through early evening. Snowfall has been heaviest in the north where four to six inches fell in the counties bordering Virginia and a general two to four inches across the northern Triad. Snowfall was around one to two inches across the southern Triad. Areas south of Asheboro generally had a trace to less than one inch. Skies will clear Monday night with lows in the upper 20s. Watch for areas […]

  • Van Denton provides update on chance for snow on Sunday, Monday

      It still appears two systems will impact the Piedmont Triad this weekend. The first will happen Friday night, with clouds and a few light patchy showers late tonight that could be mixed with a few flakes or sleet (mainly north). Some will get nothing tonight. Also, a few showers may linger in the morning, if you get one, it will be light, less than 0.05″. There will be a break in the afternoon and early part of Saturday night. […]

  • Snow is falling! How much are we going to get?

    FOR CLOSING AND DELAYS Click Here It’s officially snowing in much of the Piedmont Triad! But exactly how much are we going to get? A Winter Storm Warning is in effect for most counties in the FOX8 coverage area, including Guilford, Forsyth, Alamance, Davidson, Randolph, Rockingham, Davie, Stokes, Surry, Yadkin, Wilkes and Alleghany counties. The warning is in effect until 4 p.m. Saturday. FOX8 chief meteorologist Van Denton says: “When looking at amounts for your area notice the legend (see below). […]

  • The latest: Weather models still show chance of snow this weekend

    After seeing some of the new model data, I am noticing a trend of confidence that the precipitation should make it farther west. Given higher confidence in precipitation, I am boosting numbers for snowfall in areas across the north, Triad and west. Models still show five to 10 inches. Given the warm ground and the fact that we expect the air temperature near the surface to also remain above freezing most of the day into the early evening there should be […]

  • Latest from Van Denton: Breaking down how much snow the Piedmont Triad is likely to get

    By now most of you are feeling the cold air. Our window of opportunity for snow starts as early as Thursday night and remains until early Saturday morning. We will not get precipitation the entire time, that is just when the chance gets started. We also may still see this fall as a mix of rain and snow. Although during the coldest periods, it will more likely be snow. We do not expect any freezing rain. Models vary still with the […]