Veteran meteorologist Barry Burbank is the meteorologist for the WBZ-TV weekend news. Burbank is the region’s longest tenured morning meteorologist having launched his career with WBZ-TV on March 3, 1978.
Burbank joined WBZ-TV in 1978 as the station’s weekend and relief meteorologist after beginning his career in February 1976 as the weeknight forecaster at WCSH-TV 6 in Portland, Maine. He was Maine’s first professional television meteorologist. Over the past two plus decades, he has provided extra storm coverage on WBZ News Radio 1030 and produced weather forecasts for several other New England radio stations.
Burbank has led a distinguished career, receiving numerous accolades for his work. Most recently, Burbank received the 2006 Award for Outstanding Service by a Broadcast Meteorologist, a national honor presented by the American Meteorological Society. He was also chosen to become a member of the Boston/New England Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences’ Silver Circle in 2005. This honor is given to distinguished individuals who have made significant contributions to television over the course of at least 25 years. A native of Maine, Burbank, as one of 12 Charter members, was inducted into the Sanford High School Hall of Fame, which recognizes former graduates who have made significant contributions in their chosen fields.
Burbank is a member of the American Meteorological Society and is a recipient of its Seal of Approval for Excellence in Television Weathercasting. He has served as treasurer of the Eastern New England Chapter of the National Weather Association and is a member of the Blue Hill and Mount Washington Observatories. He has been a member of the Board of Managers of the Andover/ N. Andover YMCA and over the years has volunteered much time helping various charitable organizations.
In 1972 Burbank earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology from Lowell Technological Institute in Lowell, Massachusetts. Burbank is planning on rejoining his alma mater, now known as the University of Massachusetts Lowell Campus, as a member of the Board of Advisors of the College of Arts and Sciences. He received the Distinguished Alumni Award from that University in 1984.
Burbank has been married for over 25 years and has three children. He currently lives with his wife on the North Shore of Boston.
WBZ-TV is part of CBS Television Stations, a division of CBS Corporation.
The final feeder bands of rain from Tropical Storm Irene will spiral into the Boston area in the next couple hours while the steadier, torrential rain exists over northern New England.
Wednesday’s tornado outbreak is likely the most violent weather event to occur in Massachusetts in many of our viewers’ lifetimes.
You can expect a rainy Saturday, with steady rain falling in the morning and early afternoon. It should taper somewhat in the evening.
Here is the latest on the forecast for the Boston Marathon. It is still looking good for the runners and the spectators.
Expect warmer than average weather for the Boston Marathon Monday.
The situation remains very serious with reports of numerous roof failures and collapses coming in, most of them focused in southeastern Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut.
Snow is coming Wednesday and it may start lightly during the afternoon commute.
The mid-day weather models are in and here is the latest on the next snow storm. We continue to believe that this will not be a blockbuster event.
A very powerful nor’easter produced treacherous conditions across all of southern New England Wednesday.
The latest forecast models now suggest a huge snowstorm will miss southern New England.