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

  First Alert Weather: Chance for severe weather and small chance for isolated tornadoes Sunday morning for Suncoast

First Alert Weather: A warming trend through Saturday and then a cold front blasts through

First Alert Weather: One more night of cold weather then a warmer forecast for only a couple of days

First Alert Weather: Strong cold front to bring a chance for storms over the weekend and then much colder Monday

First Alert Weather: Cool couple of days and then a warm-up before stormy Sunday

First Alert Weather: The weekend is here and so is the warmer weather

First Alert Weather: The chill is on for one more night and then a weekend warm-up

First Alert Weather: Brrrrrrrr...... Wind chills in the 30s over the next couple of mornings

First Alert Weather: Cold front to bring a chill to Suncoast

First Alert Weather: Another cold front later this week

First Alert Weather: Cooler temperatures expected for the weekend

First Alert Weather: Line of intense rainfall and strong gusty winds making its way through the Suncoast


First Alert Weather: Changes begin Friday as a cold front pushes through

First Alert Weather: Record warmth for the Suncoast today

First Alert Weather: Beach weather to continue and then some changes Friday

New Year starts with some fog and warm temperatures

First Alert Weather: After a couple of stormy days things calm down for the weekend

First Alert Weather: Next phase of storm will be dangerous winds tonight through Friday

Flooding and wind concerns remain for the Suncoast