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Meteorologist Craig Allen is one of the most authoritative weather sources in the New York tri-state area. Allen’s reports are accurate and authoritative, his manner warm and friendly.

Craig earned his meteorology degree from the Earth and Space Sciences Department at Stony Brook University in May 1979 and became chief meteorologist for WCBS 880 the following spring.

At age 12, Craig Allen lugged a chalkboard to the kitchen table each night and pretended to be a TV weatherman, delivering a forecast to his family while they ate dinner. Today, audiences hear his radio reports on 880 every weekday morning from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. and evenings from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Then he’s our meteorologist on weekends on PIX11 News at 5 and 10 pm.

“It is the perfect occupation for someone who loves to watch the forces of nature, so much so that I’ll get in my car to chase thunderstorms all over Long Island. Funny thing is I was terrified of thunderstorms as a child! When I was 11, my grandparents gave me some weather instruments and the fear turned to fascination. Now, I try to share that fascination & enthusiasm with my radio & TV audience.”

Craig prepares his own forecasts. He scans the tremendous (sometimes overwhelming) amount of atmospheric data and ponders all the possibilities before typing out a forecast which so many people will rely upon.

“If there is severe weather, I’ll try not be overly grim but I’ll make sure to get the sense of urgency across to the listener! But remember, there are too many variables surrounding us in this bubble of an atmosphere we call home. The physics of the atmosphere follow certain laws and never breaks away from them. We do not know all those laws; neither do the computers! I don’t believe forecasting will ever be a perfected science…but I’ ll always try my best!”

Here are some of Craig’s accomplishments over the years:

Meteorologist for WCBS880 since 1980 and PIX11 since 2010 and previously on CBS This Morning.

Member of American Meteorological Society, Radio Seal of Approval since 1985; TV Seal of Approval since 1991

FOLIO Award for the Blizzard of 2013

2012 NY Emmy Award with PIX11 for “Sandy: The Making of a Superstorm”

New York AP Award for Best WeatherCast in 2016

2017 Marconi Award winner with WCBS-AM /880 for Legendary Station of the Year

Speaker at many schools, conventions and seminars concerning weather and safety
Member of New York Press Club and A.F.T.R.A.

What does Craig do in his limited free time?

“I cherish it! Sitting outdoors, watching the weather with my family and you’ll almost always find me out there doing all gardening and landscaping around my home. In winter, I’m a big New York Islanders fan.”

Recent Articles
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  • It’s no April Fool’s joke! Springtime storm could bring more snow to tri-state

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  • Big East Coast storm targets New York region, with heavy rain, strong winds on Sunday

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  • Great Labor Day Weekend. Is Irma a threat next weekend?

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  • This viral Hurricane Irma forecast is fake; here are the facts:

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  • Nor’easter drenches tri-state: Will it clear up for Mother’s Day?

    NEW YORK –– An out-of-season nor’easter drenched the tri-state area Saturday into part of the night, but will it let up in time for Mother’s Day? Like a winter snowstorm, we’ll have to watch and determine where the heaviest bands of rain set up. Some places may pick up 1/2 inch to 1 inch of rain while others are soaked with 2 to 3 inches. Winds will be gusting above 30 mph, especially along the coast. Overall, a nasty day with windswept rain. The center […]

  • Bitter cold weekend sweeps in ahead of possible major storm

    NEW YORK — A brutal cold has moved in along with powerful wind gusts that’ll make for a painfully frigid weekend — leading up to a potential major storm next week. Saturday will be a a mix of sun and clouds and maybe a few flurries as temperatures drop into the 20s. The snow still around from Friday is likely to stick around through the weekend as Sunday’s weather will be quite similar. Throughout the weekend, temperatures will struggle to get past the […]

  • Bitter blast of cold brings first snow of the season to tri-state area

    NEW YORK — The streak of unseasonably warm weather came to an abrupt end over the weekend when temperatures plunged, bringing inches of snow to parts of the tri-state. A sharp cold front pushed through tri-state area Saturday night and caused temperatures to drop more than 20 degrees within two hours. Rain began to fall about 9 p.m. and it quickly turned into snow showers, accumulating almost immediately. Lightning and thunder accompanied the heaviest burst of snow. A mix of rain and wet snowflakes […]

  • Is Hermine still a threat to the tri-state area?

    NEW YORK — Tropical Storm Hermine’s track has shifted east but officials say there is still concern about the storm’s impact. Hermine was steadily moving away from the East Coast through Sunday afternoon but is now slowing down and just may very well make that anticipated left hand turn back towards the coastline. Maximum winds are still just shy of hurricane force at about 70 mph. Hermine could still strengthen slightly over the next 24-48 hours while drifts back west. […]