Bob Harrigan

ABC 7's Chief Meteorologist Bob Harrigan has been forecasting Suncoast weather for more than 30 years. You can watch Bob's forecasts weekdays at 5 pm, 5:30 pm, 6 pm, 7pm, and 11 pm. Bob graduated from the University of Kansas with a degree in Atmospheric science. Before coming to Sarasota in 1985, Bob worked for the National Weather Service as a weather observer, and as an instructor in weather forecasting and micro-computer classes at the University of Kansas. Bob has a unique perspective on Hurricanes. He was able to experience the power of these storms close up. In 1996 he flew into the eye of a 115 mph hurricane named Bertha aboard the famed Hurricane hunter aircraft. In 2004 he boarded NOAA's hurricane hunter aircraft, the P3 Orion, and flew into an even stronger storm named Ivan. Strong storm systems can pop-up quickly here on the Suncoast, and Bob always makes sure viewers are armed with knowledge to help them get through severe weather when it threatens our area. Bob has been voted by the Bradenton Herald readers as the "Best Television Meteorologist" in the Tampa bay area over 5 times. He has also been voted the "Best Television Personality" by Sarasota Magazine many times and recently 3 in a row from 2014 through 2017. Besides weather Bob enjoys playing golf and fishing. In fact you can catch his fishing segment "Fishin' with Bob and Capt. Jonnie" on Thursdays at 11 p.m. and again on Friday's 5:30 newscast. Bob volunteers his time with countless non-for profit organizations, raising money and awareness for some wonderful causes. He provides valuable hurricane and severe weather seminars each year for Suncoast residents. "The Suncoast is the lightning capitol of North America, and it's essential for survival to know safety tips that can save lives." Bob has been designated a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist by the American Meteorological Society. Additionally, Bob Harrigan has been recognized by Bradenton-Sarasota's Spark Growth as an area "Thought Leader" and was a featured panelist for their talk about technology, weather, and the future. Bob resides in Bradenton with his wife Susan and daughter Emma Grace.

Recent Articles by Bob

  A bit of a chill in the air as temperatures stay below average through Saturday morning

The first full day of Spring will be cooler than average as winds shift to the NW

Better weather on Wednesday as high pressure moves in across Suncoast

  Last full day of Winter will feel like it here along the Suncoast

  Cold front to bring some changes to Suncoast over the weekend and beyond

Cold front to bring some clouds with a chance for showers over the weekend

  Weather stays nice and warm through Friday and then a cold front moves in for the weekend

Cold front to change things up for the weekend as rain chances increase

  Warm weather to last through the work week, chance for rain over the weekend

  Beautiful Spring weather will continue through the weekend

  Warming up as we get set for the weekend

  Another cold start to Thursday but a warm-up on the way

  Cold blast of air moving in on Tuesday along with a few showers

  A Cold front fizzles just to our north keeping us warm for the weekend

  Warm weekend and then Winter returns to the Suncoast early next week

  Rain is out and drier air returns for Thursday

  Another disturbance moves in on Wednesday bringing a chance for some more rain

  Unsettled weather for a couple of days and then a return to sunshine and warmth

Cooler for your Monday then some rain on Tues. and Weds.

  Warm weekend ahead with slightly cooler weather moving in on Monday