Meteorologist Jerrid Sebesta will leave KARE-TV in June.
The Pioneer Press reports that the weekend weatherman, who started at the NBC affiliate in January 2010, is not leaving for another job. Sebesta, 35, said that he and his wife, Emily, and their two young children are moving to Sioux Falls, S.D., to be closer to family.
"I wish I could take everything I have here and just move it to Sioux Falls. I'm leaving on my own terms," Sebesta told the newspaper, emphasizing there was no drama in his departure. "I've got the best job in the world, but it's not enough to keep me from going back to be near my family."
His KARE bio notes that Sebesta was born and raised in Montevideo and started his career at KDLT in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The profile asks him to pick his favorite story, and he wrote it was when he "...covered "Tornado Tuesday" when South Dakota saw 67 twisters in six hours on June 24, 2003, the record for most tornadoes in one state in one day. The largest tornado hit the small South Dakota town of Manchester literally destroying everything in it. Miraculously, no one was killed."
Sebesta said he and his wife have already sold their Maple Grove home. The family will stay with his in-laws in southern Minnesota until they find a place in Sioux Falls.
Sebesta has a large following on social media for encouraging viewers to use the hashtag #BlameJerrid when they want to complain about the weather. In a Pioneer Press story published about a year ago, Sebesta said the bit started as a joke, but picked up steam, including followers who pointed the finger at him for problems that had nothing to do with his forecast. At one point Sebesta gained 100 new followers in three minutes.
"It's the ones that don't have to do with the weather that are the most comical," Sebesta said. "The funniest one was one guy who said, 'My wife is pregnant #blamejerrid.'"
Even though he'll be in another state, Sebesta said he will still take the blame.
"The two most popular tweets I'm getting today are, 'Who are we going to blame now?' and 'Can we still blame you in South Dakota,' he said.