Ed Piotrowski, WPDE ABC15’s Chief Meteorologist

The most active months for tropical systems in the Southeastern United States are August, September, and October. Being at the peak of storm season, we needed to bring in an expert. Wednesday we were honored to host Ed Piotrowski, WPDE ABC 15’s Chief Meteorologist aka “The Best Weathercaster in South Carolina,” according to the South Carolina Broadcasters Association (and his 31.7K Twitter followers).

Ed has spent his past 28-years in broadcasting in the Carolina’s. Piotrowski earned his B.S. degree in Meteorology from North Carolina State University- where he received Magna Cum Laude honors and holds the Seal of Approval from the American Meteorological Society.

Wednesday, Ed shared statistics and weather measurements covering the recent, major hurricanes that impacted South Carolina, including Hurricane Matthew, Hurricane Irma, and Hurricane Dorian.

Videos of past news segments showed the destruction of houses and harm to people due to hazards like storm surge, inland flooding, tornadoes, and strong wind. “Powerful storms are NOT a joke!”, that’s what ED said.

Rotarians also learned how and when tropical storms are named. The list of Hurricane names is generated seven years in advance, and by countries heavily affected by these storms, like tropical islands where French or Spanish is the dominating language.

Ed’s extensive knowledge of tropical weather kept our Rotarians engaged and aware of potentially dangerous weather situations.


Written by: Brooke Vu