Hailing from Montreal’s West Island, Anthony Farnell has always had a passion for weather. As Chief Meteorologist with Global News, he shares his love and knowledge of meteorology with the Canadian public.
Farnell’s career is full of fascinating news stories. Most recently, he covered the record-breaking winter weather of 2014 and the major 2013 Ontario ice storm that left thousands without power for days. As Global National’s hurricane expert, he forecasted the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy days in advance and has been in the eye of storms across Atlantic Canada. Farnell also reported live from Gravenhurst Ontario, just hours after one of the strongest tornadoes in the province’s history touched down.
After graduating from Vermont’s Lyndon State College in 2003, Farnell began working on-air at KPAX in Missoula, Montana as a morning meteorologist. He returned to Montreal in 2005 and worked briefly at Bellator Energy trading weather derivatives. That same year, Farnell joined Global Montreal’s evening newscast. In 2006, he became Chief Meteorologist at Global News in Toronto.
In addition to hosting events for Toronto East General Hospital, Farnell supports local charities, including HOPE Volleyball, Muscular Dystrophy Canada and Safehaven. He also makes time to visit neighbourhood schools and libraries, where he and his sidekick, ‘Storm the weather dog,’ teach kids about meteorology. Storm, Farnell’s loyal friend, is famous in his own right. He has been featured on Good Morning America, NBC Nightly News, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Conan and numerous local newscasts.
Off-air, Farnell loves to ski and often visits his parent’s cottage in Vermont. Although he also runs, plays beach volleyball and water polo, his number one hobby will always be weather.