T.J. Del Santo is a native Rhode Islander who joined WPRI 12 in May 1997. You can see him forecasting the weather on the weekends on WPRI 12 and FOX Providence.
Prior to 12 News, T.J. worked as a marine forecaster at Weather Routing, Inc. in Glens Falls, N.Y., where he forecast for and routed ships all around the world. Also, he was a computer specialist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, Mass., where he did some research for the Chandra X-ray Observatory. That space telescope was launched off of the Space Shuttle Columbia in summer 1999.
T.J. is a 1994 graduate of Lyndon State College in Lyndonville, Vermont, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Atmospheric Science. While in college, he interned with 12 News Meteorologist Tony Petrarca.
Hurricane forecasting is T.J.’s favorite thing to do as a meteorologist. While working at Weather Routing, Inc., he forecast dozens of tropical storms and hurricanes around the globe. As much as he strongly dislikes winter, he loves the challenge a good ol’ nor’easter can bring.
When asked about his favorite part of the job, T.J. always says it’s being able to visit schools to talk to kids about weather. Before going to college, he wanted to be a teacher as well as a meteorologist, so visiting the schools gives him the best of both worlds.
In his spare time, T.J. enjoys spending time with his family, cooking, landscaping, traveling, watching the Red Sox, Patriots, Washington Football Team and Celtics.
T.J. and his family live in western Rhode Island.
Other little-known facts about T.J.:
- “T.J.” stands for Thomas Joseph
- He is originally from East Providence and graduated from East Providence High School in 1990.
- Favorite foods are calamari, pasta with red clam sauce, and blueberry pie.
- Favorite TV show is Seinfeld (and 12 News, of course).
- Favorite color is purple.