Clay Anderson is not a stranger to NBC4. In fact, this is not his first time forecasting the weather for residents within the Washington Capitol Region. He began his career in the local area as an USAF weather forecaster stationed at Andrews Air Force Base. His requirements included not only providing local area weather forecasts but acting as one of the primary military and government aviation forecasters. He also was a member of the Air Force One (AF-1) weather support team.
After a career took him around the corner and around the world – from forecasting cyclones in the Tropics to geomagnetic storms in Outer Space, Clay was always that someone who kept his eyes on the sky. Born and raised in the “City of Brotherly Love” (Philadelphia), Clay experienced all four seasons every year. He always wondered the basic things. Why does it rain? What’s the difference between storm clouds and snow clouds? He found the answers to those questions and more, after he joined the Air Force and formally studied meteorology.
After the military, Clay all but “fell” into broadcast television quite by accident. While answering a classified ad in Omaha, Nebraska, Clay became a broadcast television intern for the CBS affiliate in Lincoln, about 40 miles west. Once his internship was over, he created a TV resume tape even though he had never stood in front of the “green screen.” As fate allowed, Clay received his first TV job before winter settled into the plains.
Clay started television at KRDO, the ABC affiliate in Colorado Springs, also worked on Sunday nights with their sister radio station. From the Rockies, he traveled to Dayton, Ohio. Clay was hired as the Chief Meteorologist for both the NBC and FOX affiliates – NBC22 and FOX45 respectively. Also, while in Dayton, he had the rare opportunity to anchor a weather broadcast live from the White House! This was an invitation-only event that co-insides with the initial National Conference on Global Warming and Climate Change led by President Bill Clinton.
From Dayton, Clay returned to Washington, DC, this time as a member of the WRC-TV / NBC4’s Storm Team. Weather highlights were many, to include tracking Hurricane Katrina from the Gulf through the Mid-West to forecasting and reporting the path of Hurricane Isabel as it traveled from the Atlantic, into the Chesapeake Bay, and up the Tidal Potomac where it impacted the entire Washington Metro area. Now, he has returned. Who says you can’t come home again!!