After 43 years on air, KSTP chief meteorologist Dave Dahl is saying farewell this week.
Dahl announced this fall that he'd be retiring the last week of 2020, and now that week is here. KSTP on Monday aired a look at Dahl's time with the ABC affiliate in the Twin Cities, estimating he's done more than 42,000 forecasts for the TV station.
"I feel very blessed that the ownership of KSTP, the Hubbard family, gave a kid right out of college a chance over 43 years ago. It's been a dream job doing what I love in the state where I grew up," he said in October.
"It's been an honor delivering the forecast to the people of Minnesota and Wisconsin each day, whether it was beautiful, or stormy, I'm grateful I was given the opportunity and cannot thank you enough," Dahl added.
The Minnesota native came home for his first job after graduating from Florida State University with a degree in meteorology and has been with KSTP ever since. He worked mostly behind the scenes until 1979 when he got his big break when an on-air meteorologist got sick, KSTP says.
Dahl took a break from TV last year as he underwent treatment after being diagnosed with skin cancer for the second time.
"Dave has obviously been a really important member of our 5 Eyewitness News team over the last 43 years. In reality, Dave has also played a vital role in serving our entire community," said Rob Hubbard, president of Hubbard Television, said in October.
"Nobody in our state has done so much to help Minnesotans," Hubbard added. "Whether planning a picnic or knowing when to take cover, Dave has positively impacted all of our lives."
To see KSTP's look at Dahl through the years, click here.
Dahl's last day on air is reportedly on Wednesday.