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Dan has lived in Connecticut his entire life, and loves working in his home state.
Like many in the weather business, Dan has always had a passion for weather. Growing up in Cheshire, he remembers being 8 years old and venturing outside during thunderstorms, much to his mother’s dismay. He spent a good chunk of his childhood reading weather books and watching tornado chasing videos. Dan is a big fan of severe weather, and loves the excitement of breaking weather news.

Dan graduated from Western Connecticut State University with a Bachelor of Science in Meteorology. While at WCSU, he produced and anchored many school run weather broadcasts for the University’s website, as well as forecasts for the school’s radio station. He was a member of the baseball team, and patrolled center field at WCSU for 4 years.

After college, Dan got his start at WGGB ABC40/FOX6 in Springfield, MA, where he was the weekend weather anchor.

Dan is a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist, the highest certification from the American Meteorology Society. He still enjoys brushing up on his old weather textbooks! In his meager free time he enjoys running, playing baseball, and spending time with his family.

Recent Articles
  • ‘Wall of Wind’ simulates Category 5 hurricanes, benefiting vulnerable homes

    MIAMI — On the campus of the Florida International University School of Engineering stands a massive hangar with “WOW” written on the side, and it certainly gathers that type of reaction from visitors. FIU’s ‘Wall of Wind’ is essential to civil engineering, testing structures in realistic wind scenarios, both mundane and extreme. Erik Salna is a Meteorologist and the Associate Director with the FIU Extreme Events Institute, and he gave us an up-close tour of this unique wind tunnel. “We’ve […]

  • From Miami to New Haven: Coastal communities prepare for sea level rise

    Miami, Florida, is known for its beautiful beaches, beautiful people, a relaxed lifestyle, and turquoise water. But what should be done when that water, the very commodity that helps make it a gorgeous city, starts becoming a problem? One of the byproducts of climate change is the rising tide. In Miami, the sea has risen by 6-8 inches in the last century, with about four inches of rising since 1992 alone. This new normal means that coastal cities must react […]

  • FOX61 takes a behind the scenes tour of the National Hurricane Center

    Every hurricane season, the attention of many coastal communities is on the tropics, as many residents watch for that all-important hurricane forecast. For a behind-the-scenes look at who makes those forecasts, we took a trip down to Miami and visited the National Hurricane Center. Dr. Michael Brennan is the Branch Chief of the Hurricane Specialist Unit at the National Hurricane Center. His team analyzes a tremendous amount of data before putting out a forecast. Even with all that technology, the […]

  • Osprey population continues to rise in Connecticut after conservation efforts

    It’s a success story for the birds! An increasing number of Osprey are spending their summers in Connecticut after migrating from as far away as Florida and South America, and the surging numbers are partially due to human help. The masked raptor’s numbers were not always as strong in the 1950s and 60s. Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane, also known as DDT, was sprayed over wide areas of the northeast as a pest control. Unfortunately, the chemicals ended up in the water and worked […]

  • Dan Explains: How close will nearby asteroid actually get to Earth?

    OUTER SPACE — Are we about to send Bruce Willis to space to save earth from a gigantic asteroid? Turns out, it won’t be necessary! You may have seen articles recently saying that a “huge asteroid” had a “good chance” of hitting earth this weekend, but that isn’t the whole story. Asteroid 2006 QQ23 is a big space rock meandering its way around our solar system and likely has been for billions of years. Astronomers on earth have only known […]

  • Hurricane Hunters visit New England for Hurricane Preparedness Week

    QUONSET, R.I. — As part of a multi-state tour, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminstration (NOAA) is looking to help educate the public on staying safe if and when a hurricane strikes. Their first stop this week was in Rhode Island, and accompanying them was the NOAA airplane and the USAF Hurricane Hunters plane. Both play key roles in helping better understand the storms that head for the United States, ultimately saving lives. Fox61 Meteorologist Dan Amarante was at the […]

  • This week, NASA is practicing what to do if an asteroid hits Earth

    When it comes to extraterrestrial threats, you can never be too careful, and NASA and FEMA aren’t taking any chances. The two agencies, together with some international groups, are holding a practice run of what would ensue in case an asteroid, comet or other near-Earth object (NEO) came hurtling toward the planet. This type of natural disaster is not very likely to happen, but would be catastrophic in the rare chance that it actually does, NASA said in June 2018. The two US agencies […]

  • Connecticut towns forced to deal with ash tree infestation

    With our global economy, products are moved around the world easier than ever before. An unwanted consequence of such movement is that certain parasites are introduced to new environments, leading to major disruptions in nature. One of those disruptions has happened recently with ash trees in Connecticut, and it’s all because of the Emerald Ash Borer. The invasive species from Asia was first noticed in the Naugatuck Valley just nine years ago. Now, it’s spread out across most of the […]

  • West Haven native brings his family in to help with new show

    Have you ever been watching TV or a movie, and an actor playing a character with your profession just does it completely wrong? If they don’t walk the walk and talk the talk, it can quickly take the realism away. For a new show about firefighters, a Connecticut native asked for a little help from his family. Kevin Heffernan is an actor and comedian who has appeared in numerous movies and TV shows for the past 20 years. He’s also […]

  • 131 years ago: Major blizzard dumps nearly 50 inches of snow in parts of CT

    HARTFORD —  We’re no stranger to March snowstorms, but on this date in 1888, Connecticut had the big one. It was 131 years ago when a huge snow storm hit New Britain. It was one of the strongest blizzards to impact our area in recorded history. We’re talking about tremendous snow amounts with 45 inches in New Haven and up to 50 inches reported in Middletown. Keep in mind, all this happened in the days before plow trucks, when your […]

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