Rich Hoffman

Rich Hoffman Rich Hoffman Meteorologist

Rich Hoffman is the meteorologist for News 12 Long Island's Morning and Daytime Editions. Rich joined the News 12 weather team in September 2002.

While growing up on Long Island in the Town of Babylon, Rich loved to go to the beach with his family. The weather always played a role in whether his family would hit beach favorites like Cedar and Gilgo Beach. So by the time he was nine, Rich was tracking the weather systems. He quickly developed a love for forecasting. After graduating from West Babylon High School, Rich headed north to fulfill his dream of being a Meteorologist. Rich earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Atmospheric Science and a Bachelors of Arts in Communications from the University of Albany (SUNY), in New York. Following graduation, Rich began his television career in 1996 at WNYT in Albany.

From there he moved west to WETM in Elmira, New York. After Elmira, Rich worked at WVNY in Burlington, Vermont where he enjoyed the cold snowy winter. In a move to try to get closer to Long Island, Rich was off to the Nutmeg state where he landed a Meteorologist position at WFSB in Hartford, Connecticut. Before coming home to NEWS 12 Long Island, Rich worked at and NECN in Boston and WGGB-TV in Springfield Massachusetts. Since working at NEWS 12, Rich looks at things in a different light. Rich starts his day by getting up at 2:00 a.m. in the middle of the night, when its pitch black. Then its time to get ready to be at work by 4am to prepare the weather forecast and weather maps which you see everyday on News 12.

When not at work, Rich tries to stay active. Rich loves to ski. He taught ski lessons while in college. Rich also played rugby while at SUNY. He loves to be outdoors, whether it's skiing, biking or hiking. Now that Rich is back home again, he can enjoy all of Long Island's outdoor adventures. Hopefully, you will see him on the south shore waters on his boat. As for sports, Rich roots for the NY Mets, NY Islanders, Buffalo Bills and the Dallas Mavericks. Rich earned the prestigious American Meteorological Society's Seal of Approval ᅖ, while in Burlington.

Rich is a member of the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association. Rich's computer knowledge, graphics expertise, and vibrant enthusiasm for weather make him a valuable asset to the people of Long Island. If you have any questions about weather, or you want to send a storm report please email me at news12liweather@news12.com. Don't forgot to log onto our LI Weather Line Forum on News12.com.