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Glenn “Hurricane” Schwartz has seen it all and planned it all.
NBC10’s longtime chief meteorologist is due to sign on for the last time this week, after 27 years at the station. Schwartz’s time at NBC Philadelphia is part of 42 years working in television news — and half a century working as a weatherman.
It’s only fitting that his longest role would be in the city where he was born and raised, but Schwartz had a significant impact on the industry at large.
For example, from the founding of The Weather Channel in 1982 until 1986, the station hadn’t actually ventured outside to cover the intense weather. When Hurricane Elena hit Florida, Glenn “begged” for the chance to ride out in the storm and was buffeted by the wind from all directions. The slice gave rise to his nickname — and the now routine “into the storm” coverage.
A graduate of Central High and Penn State (where he missed the start because, no kidding, a hurricane), Schwartz spent the early years of his career in Atlanta, on local news and TWC.
By the time he returned to Philadelphia in 1995, he was a seasoned professional, ready to guide residents of the Delaware Valley through events like the 1996 blizzard, Hurricane Sandy, assorted heat waves, cold and everything.
From his reputation as a Philadelphia sports fanatic to his passion for fashion — especially his iconic bow tie — Philadelphians and area neighbors have learned a lot about Schwartz over the years. As he heads into a final airing, it’s clear he hopes to continue sharing with his neighbors.
In a report published alongside Announcing the retirement, he wrote, “I’m interested in many things, including continuing to write and expanding my other communications with the public about our common destiny: the climate emergency.”
So it won’t be on NBC10 anymore, but Hurricane Schwartz still aims to observe the earth, always ready to send what it learns on its relentless weather journey.
Here are some memorable moments from his storied career.