Chuck Bell is a meteorologist with the News4 StormTeam. He has been with NBC4 since October 2004. You can catch his forecasts on the weekend versions of News4 Today, News 4 at 6 and News 4 at 11.
Having grown up outside Atlanta, Bell became a weather fanatic at a young age. His first weather memory dates to April 4, 1974 when, as a first grade student, he and his classmates spent the entire afternoon in the "duck and cover" position in the hallway as tornado-producing storms roared overhead. From that point on, he was interested in anything and everything weather related.
When it came time to select a college, there was only one school that could offer a weather experience as well as a weather education: the University of Oklahoma. After years of storm chasing from Texas to South Dakota, and interning at TV stations in Oklahoma City, Boston and Atlanta, it was time to hit the airwaves.
Bell's broadcasting career has included stops in Albany, Ga.; Greenville, S.C.; Roanoke, Va., and Oklahoma City before he arrived at NBC4. Some of Bell's favorite weather events include the first "Storm of the Century," the March 1993 storm that crippled the Western Carolinas and much of the East Coast; the "Blizzard of '96, which left 29 inches of snow in the Roanoke Valley, and Hurricane Isabel, which flooded the Chesapeake Bay in 2003.
Though he is a snow lover who was perfectly happy with the D.C. area's record-setting snowfall in the winter of 2009-2010, his most memorable weather experience was the May 3, 1999 tornado outbreak while he was working for KOKH-TV in Oklahoma City. On that terrible day, central Oklahoma experienced more than 60 tornadoes that claimed the lives of 50 people and caused $1.9 billion in damage. Bell and his co-workers at KOKH provided nonstop coverage of the storms for almost nine straight hours. His efforts garnered him the Governor's Humanitarian Award for Outstanding Service, which was presented to him by Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating on June 23, 1999.
When not focusing on the forecast, Bell is an avid distance runner. He has completed the Marine Corps Marathon in D.C. three times and hopes to keep running it every year. When the weather is nice, he can often be seen cruising downtown D.C. in his vintage 1962 Corvette. Having owned the car for 15 years, he has still only driven it with the top up a handful of times.
Chuck, his partner and their two dogs live in Washington, DC.