Meteorologist Ray Petelin joined the KDKA Weather Team in October of 2018, but is no stranger to the weather in Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania.

VITALS
Joined KDKA: October of 2018
Hometown: Ashtabula, OH
Alma Mater: University Of Akron

FAVORITES
Music: Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Dirty Heads, Run DMC, Garth Brooks…pretty much anything.
Movie: Return Of The Jedi
TV Show: Twilight Zone…That show was WAY ahead of its time.
Book: Isaac’s Storm
Hobbies: Brewing beer
Sports Team: Penguins
Food: Pierogi
Local Restaurant: Wunderbar in Harmony
Sport/Exercise: Tennis
Historical Figure:
Favorite Pennsylvanian: Paul Siple (One of the inventors of the wind chill)
Quote: “Oh no you didn’t!”
Word: “Bird” is the word.
Vacation Spot: Anywhere with a beach
Holiday: Christmas
Guilty Pleasure:
Planet: Pluto (It will always be a planet to me)

THIS OR THAT
Facebook or Twitter? Facebook
Cats or Dogs? Dogs
Beatles or Rolling Stones? This question isn’t fair.
Comedy or Tearjerker? Comedy
Phone Call or Text Message? Text
Mac or PC? PC
Coffee or Tea? What is this “tea” you speak of?
Paper or Plastic? Paper
Morning Person or Night Person? I try to be an “all the time person”
East Coast or West Coast? East Coast
Star Trek or Star Wars? Star Wars

Meteorologist Ray Petelin joined the KDKA Weather Team in October of 2018, but is no stranger to the weather in Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania. He has been forecasting in Pittsburgh since 2011 and in Western PA since January of 2003.

Ray has worked forecasting weather from Parkersburg, WV to Erie, PA, and is well seasoned with the Pittsburgh region’s micro-climates and lake effect snow. He likes to say he slid into Pittsburgh on a lake effect snow band and never left!

He holds seals of approval from both the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association and calls Meteorology is the “family business” because his father is also a meteorologist.

When Ray is not tracking the weather, he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter. The Petelins have a cat and two rescue dogs, so they spend a lot of time outside and love exploring different parks and places in Western PA. Ray also enjoys brewing beer, fishing, hiking, taking naps and obsessing about the weather.