Meteorologist Gil Simmons
Meteorologist Gil Simmons joined Storm Team 8 in February 2003.
Gil served on active duty in the United States Marine Corps as a meteorologist/oceanographer for six years forecasting weather conditions all over the world.
He then moved back to Connecticut to forecast the weather locally.
Gil received two Emmy nominations for his weather coverage in Connecticut and was awarded 2002 Best Weathercast in Connecticut by the Associated Press.
A native of Foster, Rhode Island and Killingly, Connecticut, Simmons is a graduate of Western Connecticut State University, a member of the American Meteorological Society and National Weather Association. He recently obtained the prestigious Certified Broadcast Meteorologist seal of approval from the American Meteorological Society. Gil is one of only two Meteorologists with this title in Connecticut.
Hobbies include snowmobiling, motorcycle riding, running, skiing and you guessed it.........weather! As a matter of fact Gil maintains his own weather website www.weather4connecticut.com in his spare time. You can also find him on his facebook page talking weather (click here) or on twitter (click here).
Gil also sets time aside to participate in a variety of community fundraisers and events. He jumps into an icy lake every Thanksgiving Day morning to help raise money for Muscular Dystrophy. He also donates time to groups fighting Multiple Sclerosis, The American Heart Association, Connecticut Red Cross, Curechief Foundation, St. Jude, Veteran groups and many others with great causes.
Gil visits schools around the state weekly with the NEWS 8 Mobile Weather Lab to teach and share his weather knowledge.
He looks forward to delivering the weather every weekday morning on NEWS 8!