Founder of The Weather Channel and longtime San Diego weatherman, John Coleman passed away on Jan. 20, 2018, at the age of 83.
According to KUSI News, Coleman passed away Saturday night at his home in Las Vegas surrounded by family.
Born in Texas, he began his television career in Illinois.
Coleman started his career in 1953 at WCIA in Champaign, Illinois, doing the early evening weather forecast while he was a student at University of Illinois.
Coleman was the first weatherman on ABC’s Good Morning America and founded The Weather Channel in 1980.
He spent two decades as a weatherman for KUSI News in San Diego before retiring in 2014 after more than 60 years in broadcasting.
Coleman was honored by the American Meteorological Society as Broadcast Meteorologist of the Year in 1983.
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Photo credit: In a July 30, 1981 photo, Frank Batten, publisher of the Norfolk, Va., Virginian-Pilot and Ledger-Star, and chairman and chief executive of Landmark Communications, Inc., left, and John Coleman, weather channel founder during a news conference, July 30, 1981 in New York. (AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler)
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