James E. Smith "Jim Smith first did television weather almost 40 1928-1993 years ago, working in his native Indiana, Cincinnati, Baltimore, Detroit, and Orlando before coming to Jim Smith, a 40-yr Channel 8 in 1979. veteran of broadcast People in the Bay area woke up to Jim's forecast on meteorology, died on 29 the Newswatch 8 Morning Edition for close to a March 1993 in Tampa, decade. The forecast might be rain, but Jim always Florida. He had been delivered it with a smile. employed with WFLA- In 1991, Jim decided to take a well-earned retire- TV, Channel 8, Tampa, ment, but we knew he couldn't stay away for long. since 1979 as anon-air Just a few months later, he returned to help launch meteorologist. our weekend morning and noon newscasts—his last Smith was born and show was March 6, 1993. raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He enlisted in the When Jim wasn't on the air, he spent lots of time Indiana Air National Guard in 1947 and was placed on with students, teaching them about clouds and rain active duty with the U.S. Air Force in 1949. During the and the importance of life with a smile. summer
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Sep 1, 1993
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