Longtime WRAL meteorologist Mike Moss will retire at the end of the year, after 25 years with the station.
WRAL announced Moss’ departure in a memo to staff Tuesday morning. The station shared the memo with The News & Observer.
Moss is a Rocky Mount native and graduate of N.C. State University, where he got his bachelor’s degree in meteorology. He got his master’s in meteorology from Florida State. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force with 12 years active duty, and served as an Air Force Reserve weather officer for another 16 years. He was deployed for almost five months in 2005.
In the WRAL memo, news director Rick Gall credited Moss with the station’s “Ask the Meteorologists” web feature (now known as “Ask Greg”) and said he was the original point person for the station’s School WeatherNet system. “He’s long been a skilled meteorologist and steady presence on the weekend morning news, helping our viewers with their weekend plans,” Gall wrote. “There’s a lot we’ll miss about Mike as he shifts into a much-deserved retirement.”
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WRAL’s chief meteorologist Greg Fishel praised Moss’ skills in a phone interview on Tuesday.
“With the Air Force background and everything he’s done in broadcasting — it’s like he brings that high degree of discipline from the military to what he does as a civilian worker,” Fishel said. “And it not only serves him very well, it serves everybody that’s around him very well.”
Moss is married to wife Sandy, and they have two cats.
Gall said the exact date of Moss’ retirement is yet to be determined.
The station recently added Kat Campbell to its weather team. Campbell, a Winston-Salem native, came from WAFF in Hunstville, Alabama, and also worked for WCTI in New Bern.