Jim Gandy

Jim Gandy announced coming retirement on air April 17, 2019. YouTube screenshot

Jim Gandy will retire at the end of May, he told WLTX viewers last night.

The meteorologist is well known to Midlands viewers, having been with CBS affiliate WLTX since 1999. Before that, he worked for WIS starting in 1984. His retirement will end a 44-year career in weather.

In a news release about his retirement, WLTX touted Gandy's on-air presence during weather events.

"For years, Gandy has been a viewer favorite, known for his calm demeanor during severe weather like tornadoes, hurricanes, and floods," the release reads. "His goal was always to inform and not scare."

But Gandy is probably best known outside the Midlands for his work to educate people about climate change. His Climate Matters segment on the air aimed to educate people about the day-to-day effects of climate change; his work got him an invite to the White House from President Barack Obama and a New York Times story, among other attention.

As Free Times reporter Corey Hutchins put it in a 2013 story, Gandy "believes humans are causing climate change and isn’t afraid to say it. That’s kind of a big deal in South Carolina, where the political culture doesn’t exactly tend to favor such talk. But Gandy is a numbers guy and a science guy. And the science, he says, is overwhelming on this point."

He told Free Times in 2017 that it irks him when politicians and other public figures spout off about climate change without having the facts straight.

“It drives me nuts that people blatantly don’t know what they’re talking about,” Gandy said. “I see my job as trying to correct that. I’m in a fortunate situation: I’m a scientist who’s on TV.”

Gandy has repeatedly been voted Best Weatherperson by Free Times readers in our annual Best Of Columbia poll.

You can see his announcement in this video posted to YouTube.

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