Growing up on the West Island of Montreal, Anthony Farnell developed a love for weather early on. He now brings his knowledge and experience to Global News as Chief Meteorologist.
Highlights of Farnell’s career include covering the record-breaking winter weather of 2014 and the major 2013 ice storm in Ontario that left thousands without power for weeks. As Global National’s hurricane 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 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 and later moved to Global News to become Chief Meteorologist in 2006.
In addition to hosting events for Toronto East General Hospital, Farnell supports local charities, including HOPE Volleyball 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 weathercasts, Good Morning America and even late night TV, including Jimmy Kimmel Live and Conan, with Conan O’Brien.
Off-air, Farnell loves to ski and often visits his parent’s cottage in Vermont. Although he plays beach volleyball and water polo, his number one hobby will always be the weather.