Weather Channel Founder John Coleman Dies at 83: Reports

January 21, 2018 Updated: January 21, 2018

John Coleman, the American broadcaster who founded The Weather Channel in 1981, died at the age of 83.

Coleman died at his home in Las Vegas on Saturday, Jan. 20, his wife, Linda Coleman, told KUSI-TV.

He was the first weatherman on ABC’s Good Morning America. He was also a weatherman on KUSI News in San Diego before his retirement in 2014, the station reported. In 1983, Coleman was honored by the American Meteorological Society as Broadcast Meteorologist of the year.

In recent years, Coleman became an outspoken critic of the global warming theory. “It is the greatest scam in history,” he said in 2007. “I am amazed, appalled and highly offended by it. Global Warming: It is a SCAM.”

According to an archive of a Hot Air report, what caused him to make that statement was a football game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys on “Sunday Night Football.” NBC, as part of its “Green is Universal” week, cut off the studio lights for portions of the pre-game and halftime shows.
“I couldn’t take it anymore,” he said. “I did a Howard Beale.”

On Sunday, a number of people mourned his passing, with some saying that he was the greatest weatherman of all time.



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