Chad Merrill joined the Storm Watch 4 weather team in December 2022 as a part-time meteorologist and was recently promoted to Chief Meteorologist in March of 2023. He has worked as a meteorologist in the private industry and media over the last 20 years. This includes WJAC-TV in Johnstown, Pa., WHAG-TV (now WDVM) in Hagerstown, Md., and WTOP Radio in Washington, D.C.
Chad was formerly a senior meteorologist at Earth Networks in Germantown, Md., before moving to southern West Virginia. Merrill is currently the weather prognosticator for the Hagerstown Town and Country Almanack and weather columnist for the Cumberland Times-News. You can still hear Chad’s weather forecasts on occasion in the Washington area on WTOP Radio.
Chad earned his NWA Seal of Approval in 2022. This is one of several certifications that meteorologists can obtain in their field.
Chad grew up in western Maryland and was always intrigued by the micro-climates that exist in the mountains. He once did a science project comparing the accuracy of the Old Farmer’s and Hagerstown Town and Country Almanack. He studied meteorology at California University of Pennsylvania, now known as Penn West California in southwestern Pennsylvania.
He is excited to take on the forecast challenge in southern West Virginia, report on weather stories that matter to our viewing area and experience the great outdoors here in the Alleghenies (including the New River Gorge National Park, of course)! He is an avid runner and skier.
WOAY-TV is a family-owned television station located in Oak Hill, WV. WOAY covers nine counties in total: Fayette, Greenbrier, Raleigh, Summers, Monroe, Mercer, Wyoming, and McDowell Counties in West Virginia and Tazewell County, Virginia.