Glenn “Hurricane” Schwartz has moved away from his position as chief meteorologist at NBC10, with the title now going to fellow meteorologist Tammie Souza.
The NBC10 website now lists Souza as the station’s new chief meteorologist, with Schwartz taking Souza’s former meteorologist position. An NBC10 spokesperson indicated via a statement that the change in positions was made online late last month.
The swap in titles, the spokesperson added, is related to Souza’s move to the 11 p.m. newscast, and does not represent a demotion for Schwartz. The longtime forecaster will continue providing weather reports for the station on the 11 a.m., 4 p.m., and 6 p.m. newscasts, but will not appear on the 11 p.m. newscast. NBC10’s statement on the change is as follows:
“Tammie Souza’s bio was updated to chief meteorologist in late June. The title change coincides with her move to the 11PM newscast. Tammie and Glenn, along with Bill Henley, Krystal Klei and Erika Martín, will continue to provide NBC10 viewers with the most accurate First Alert forecasts for their neighborhoods.”
Schwartz joined NBC10 more than 20 years ago, and has since become one of the most recognizable faces in local Philadelphia media as a result of his weather coverage. According to his NBC10 bio, prior to joining the station, Schwartz served as The Weather Channel’s first storm chaser following his graduation from Penn State in 1972.
Souza joined NBC10 earlier this year as a replacement for former meteorologist Sheena Parveen, who left the station for a spot at NBC4 in Washington, DC in late 2016. Souza comes to Philly from Fox32 in Chicago, where she also worked as a meteorologist.
Prior to that, Souza served as the first female chief meteorologist in Tampa and St. Petersburg, Fla. while at 10News WTSP.
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