Chief Meteorologist Ryan Stinnett joined WGXA-TV in May 2023, coming to us from our sister station, WPMI-NBC15 in Mobile, Alabama. Prior to working in Mobile, Ryan was the morning meteorologist just west of Middle Georgia in Montgomery, Alabama at the Alabama News Network (CBS 8/ABC 32) for eight years, covering multiple severe weather events, tropical systems, and even a few winter weather events.
A native of Alabama, Ryan was born and raised just outside of Birmingham, and attended the University of South Alabama where he earned his B.S. in Meteorology.
While at South, Ryan experienced many hurricanes including Hurricane Ivan in 2004 and multiple storms during the very active hurricane season of 2005. Storms such as Arlene, Cindy Dennis, Katrina, and Rita provided him with a first-hand account of the power of the storms and the destruction which accompanied them. Also, during his time at South Alabama, Ryan ventured to the Great Plains for storm chasing.
After graduating from South Alabama, Ryan would earn a M.S. in Broadcast Meteorology from Mississippi State University. At State, Ryan was part of the 3-time National Champion Forecasting team. Along with the team championship, Ryan continued into a 64-person bracket of the top forecasters from the contest, eventually winning the tournament championship. He beat faculty and staff members from the University of Georgia, MIT, and Penn State, making him the top forecaster for the 2010-2011 school year. Also, while at State, Mother Nature provided abundant opportunities to chase storms in the Twin States, including the deadly and destructive tornado outbreak of April 27, 2011.
Over his broadcast career, Ryan has worked with three of the most legendary meteorologists, not just in the state of Alabama, but across the country: James Spann, Alan Sealls, and Rich Thomas. Each one helped him achieve his childhood dream and he credits each one with helping define his style of weather delivery and communication.
Ryan holds a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist seal (CBM) from the American Meteorological Society (AMS) and is also a member of the National Weather Association (NWA).
"I am thrilled to be in Macon and to call Middle Georgia home. I have quickly become Middle Georgia Proud and very happy and honored to serve the people of Middle Georgia. I want to be involved in the community and look forward to engaging with our viewers. I love talking about weather with anyone, and I am readily available for weather talks at schools, churches, civic organizations, and businesses. Also, I am a barbeque connoisseur and would love suggestions on where to find the best barbeque in Georgia."
The best way to contact Ryan is email email@example.com