Growing up on the West Island of Montreal, Anthony Farnell developed a love for weather early on. At elementary school he remembers spending most of his time looking out the window at developing cumulous clouds. In 1998, his love for weather grew further as he lived through the “Ice Storm of the Century” in Montreal. Anthony brings his weather knowledge and experience to Global News where he recently celebrated his 10th year.
Highlights of Farnell’s career include covering the record-breaking winter of 2014 and the 2013 Christmas ice storm in Ontario that left thousands of GTA residents without power for weeks. As Global National’s top weather expert, he reported live from Gravenhurst, Ontario, just hours after one of the largest tornados in Canadian history struck. He also covered Hurricane Sandy for both Global National and Global Toronto in 2012.
After graduating with a BSc. In Meteorology from Vermont’s Lyndon State College in 2003, Farnell began his on-air career at KPAX in Missoula, Montana as a morning meteorologist. Farnell returned to Montreal in 2005 where he worked briefly at Bellator Energy trading weather derivatives. That same year, Farnell joined Global Montreal’s evening newscast but quickly moved to Global Toronto to become their Chief Meteorologist in 2006.
Anthony Farnell has been a long time supporter of the Michael Garron Hospital, formerly TEGH. He also helps out several local charities, including Muscular Dystrophy Canada, H2O4All, HOPE and the Safehaven Project for Community Living. He also makes time to visit schools and local libraries where he and his sidekick, Storm the Weather Dog, teach kids all about meteorology. Besides being a great friend of Farnell’s, Storm is famous in his own right; he’s been featured on numerous national newscast like CNN & Good Morning America and even made the late night rounds on Jimmy Kimmel and Conan.
Off-air, Farnell loves to hike and ski and often visits his parent’s cottage in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. His hobbies also include beach volleyball, water polo and drinking craft beers but his number one hobby will always be the weather.