Citizen's Spotlight: Jason Parrish - Chief Meterologist

Name: Jason Parrish

Age: 36

Family: Wife, Nicki and 3 children (Delaney, Coleton and Gavin)

Title/Profession: Chief Meteorologist, WBOY-TV

Hobbies: Travel, reading and exercise (dedicated gym rat!)

Years in news/weather? 13 years

Where are you from and how did you get here? Just outside of Fairview, West Virginia. I moved back to West Virginia in 2005 after spending 3 years in Atlanta at The Weather Channel.

What are your plans when you retire? Time with family, travel and community service.

What qualities of your mother/father influenced you the most? My father’s hard work and my mother’s dedication to family.

What is the most difficult part of being a meteorologist? A busted forecast is always a difficult pill to swallow. After putting a lot of time into a forecast and not seeing it develop is incredibly frustrating.  West Virginia is a very challenging place for a meteorologist!

What is the best piece of advice you ever got? From Frank Skubis, my high school basketball coach:”Winner’s Do!”

What is the strangest occurrence you have witnessed? Witnessing crazy weather is always strange and fascinating to me.  Thunder snow along with multiple tornadoes tops the list.  Mother Nature never disappoints.

What is the worst thing that has ever happened to you during a live TV broadcast? Wow, where to start.  Dropping weather clickers, coughing and sneezing spells on the air along with weather computers locking up to just name a few!

Are you involved in other community activities? If you are, why? I am a volunteer firefighter.  It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and is incredibly rewarding.

What is the biggest risk you see facing our community today? Young adults leaving the area to find their futures in other states.

What advice would you give our readers? I’ve seen first hand that life is so fragile.  Because of that, try to embrace and enjoy every day.