Nova Scotia

Peter Coade, CBC meteorologist, to retire after record-setting career

CBC meteorologist's career spanned black-and-white TV to Twitter and more than half a century.

CBC meteorologist's career spanned black-and-white TV to Twitter and more than half a century

After more than half a century as a meteorologist, Peter Coade is set to retire at the end of the month. (CBC)

After a record-setting career spanning more than half a century, CBC meteorologist Peter Coade is retiring.

His last day on CBC airwaves will be Sept. 30.

In recent years, Coade delivered the weather for Maritimers every morning on CBC Radio and online. It's a far cry from his early years as a meteorologist in the black-and-white days of CBC Television, drawing on a weather map.

A young Peter Coade at the beginning of his career, using a weather map. (CBC)

Guinness World Record holder

In 2013, he was awarded the Guinness World Record for the longest career as a weather broadcaster at 50 years, 8 months and 21 days.

Coade joined the federal government weather service on Oct. 1, 1962, where he was trained as meteorologist. Over the years he worked in Halifax, Truro, N.S., Happy Valley-Goose Bay, N.L., and Toronto.

In the early days, Coade worked extensively in radio. In Happy Valley-Goose Bay in the late 1960s, he presented the weather each evening on CBC Television to an audience mostly made up of United States Air Force personnel and their families stationed in Labrador during the Cold War.

Coade, right, was the meteorologist for the Canadian International Air Show in Toronto for many years. (CBC)

A trusted voice in the Maritimes

At Toronto radio station CFRB, he worked with famed Canadian personalities such as Gordon Sinclair and Betty Kennedy. He was also the meteorologist for the Canadian International Air Show for many years.

Peter worked for ATV and ASN from March 1990 until he rejoined CBC in September 2007.

A Cape Breton brewery created Coade Word: Snowmageddon Winter Warmer in honour of the legendary meteorologist. (Stillwell/Twitter)

His familiar face and voice have been a trusted source of up-to-the-minute weather news for generations of Maritimers.

Coade was honoured by the Nova Scotia Legislature in 2012 and a Cape Breton brewery was even inspired to create a brew in his honour during the brutal winter of 2015.

Coade's last day on CBC airwaves will be Sept. 30.

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