Meteorologist Gil Simmons joined Storm Team 8 in February 2003.
Gil served on active duty in the United States Marine Corps as a meteorologist/oceanographer for six years forecasting weather conditions all over the world.
He then moved back to Connecticut to forecast the weather locally.
Gil received two Emmy nominations for his weather coverage in Connecticut and was awarded 2002 Best Weathercast in Connecticut by the Associated Press.
A native of Foster, Rhode Island and Killingly, Connecticut, Simmons is a graduate of Western Connecticut State University, a member of the American Meteorological Society and National Weather Association. He recently obtained the prestigious Certified Broadcast Meteorologist seal of approval from the American Meteorological Society. Gil is one of only two Meteorologists with this title in Connecticut.
Hobbies include snowmobiling, motorcycle riding, running, skiing and you guessed it………weather! As a matter of fact Gil maintains his own weather website http://www.weather4connecticut.com in his spare time. You can also find him on his facebook page talking weather or on twitter.
Gil also sets time aside to participate in a variety of community fundraisers and events. He jumps into an icy lake every Thanksgiving Day morning to help raise money for Muscular Dystrophy. He also donates time to groups fighting Multiple Sclerosis, The American Heart Association, Connecticut Red Cross, Curechief Foundation, St. Jude, Veteran groups and many others with great causes.
Gil visits schools around the state weekly with the NEWS 8 Mobile Weather Lab to teach and share his weather knowledge.
He looks forward to delivering the weather every weekday morning on NEWS 8!
8 Things you didn’t know about Gil Simmons
Favorite memory / story from working at News 8?
Too many to list just one! Covering Tropical Storm Sandy is a recent experience that comes to mind. It was a 21 hour work shift that came down to changing weather conditions every minute. I had a sense of satisfaction for getting important information out to our viewers and having their backs during the first significant tropical event since 1985 for our area.
What inspired you to work in television weather?
What is the Blizzard of 1978. The who is a Meteorologist I watched during that storm by the Name of John Ghiorse broadcasting from Providence, Rhode Island.
What is your favorite restaurant in New Haven?
Most of them! :-)
Who is your favorite musician/ band and/or best concert you ever been to?
I like many different genres of music. I had a great time with my Dad watching Pearl Jam live in Hartford a few years back.
What’s the best dish you can make?
Anything on a grill! From flank steak to asparagus… #grillmaster
If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
Antarctica. I have been to many places around the world during my six years on active duty in the Marine Corps!
What’s something you don’t know about me?
I have a cat named Pokey!
What are your hobbies / hidden talents?
Crossfit, Weather, Landscaping and snowmobiling.