Chief Meteorologist Dave Dahl through the years at KSTP-TV

Updated: December 30, 2020 08:00 PM
Created: December 22, 2020 09:39 AM

“For over 43 years, KSTP-TV’s Chief Meteorologist Dave Dahl has been 'Minnesota’s Weather Authority.' With his dependable forecasts and always sunny personality, Dave has covered every kind of weather imaginable, from record snowfalls to severe summer storms. He’s always been a favorite of fans every year at the Minnesota State Fair. To those of us who have been privileged enough to work with Dave, he’s been a valued colleague who could always make you smile.  As he steps away from the weather maps to enjoy a well-earned retirement, everyone who ever has watched him on 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS over the years has a favorite moment with Dave. But the fact is that every moment watching Dave has been time spent with a great friend.”

- Kirk Varner, 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS news director

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS is creating a tribute to a good friend who has served the people of Minnesota for more than 43 years. Watch a series of special reports looking back on Chief Meteorologist Dave Dahl.

Follow the series of reports here:

Chief Meteorologist Dave Dahl is retiring after 43 years at KSTP TV

Chief Meteorologist Dave Dahl looks back at the biggest storms of his 43-year career at KSTP-TV

Chief Meteorologist Dave Dahl says goodbye after 43 years at KSTP-TV

'He's been a great friend and a real treasure for Minnesota': Dave Dahl leaves us smiling as he retires

Born and raised in Minnesota, Dave Dahl attended the University of Minnesota and earned his degree in meteorology from Florida State University before returning home and starting with 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS. He joined 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS in 1977 and has been on the air since 1979.  

The 1978 KSTP meteorology staff | KSTP-TV The 1978 KSTP meteorology staff | KSTP-TV

What sparked Dahl's interest in becoming a meteorologist? He witnessed a tornado when he was a child and was so fascinated by it that he decided to learn everything he could about the weather.

Dahl has received the American Meteorological Society Seal of Approval for television and radio weather broadcasting and was named 1998 Broadcaster of the Year by the Minnesota Broadcaster's Association.

He also produced a documentary on tornado-chasing for The Weather Channel and a special report on The Discovery Channel for his tornado chase in April 1996. 

Dave Dahl during the 2017 Minnesota State Fair | KSTP-TV Dave Dahl during the 2017 Minnesota State Fair | KSTP-TV

Join us in thanking him and wishing him a happy retirement!

Share with us your favorite photos and memories of Dahl here

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