Alan "Al" Kaprielian is a meteorologist in New Hampshire. He is best known for the 20+ years he has spent at Channel 50, a broadcast television station in Derry, New Hampshire. One journalist described him as a Kult of Kaprielian due to his distinctive voice and eccentric mannerisms, which included squeaky, high-pitched exclamations of "high pressure!" and "good evening!"; a distinct New England accent; sound effects reminiscent of Curly Howard; swinging his arms in circles rapidly and performing jumping jacks on camera.
Kaprielian's run at the station began in 1983 and survived several changes in station ownership. The run was interrupted on December 31, 2009 when, as part of many changes at the station, Kaprielian as well as most other on-air talent at the station was let go. Kaprielian found employment doing forecasts for Manchester Public Television Service (local access), the online site of the Nashua Telegraph newspaper, and radio station WCAP-AM (980) in Lowell, Massachusetts. After yet another change in ownership at the station, Kaprielian returned to Channel 50 in August 2012, doing hourly updates from 2pm to 9pm.
When not broadcasting weather information he tours local schools. During these visits, he teaches students about science and meteorology. He can also be found at local community events such as the Lowell Folk Festival, the Dracut Scholarship Foundation's Telethon, and the Derry News Cookie Eating Contest. He was also a feature celebrity judge at the 2009 Hampton Beach Seafood Festival.
Kaprielian, born July 7, 1961, is a native of Natick, Massachusetts. He graduated from Lyndon State College, Lyndonville, Vermont. He currently resides in Merrimack, New Hampshire. Kaprielian was awarded the "Best Weather Forecaster" in the Nashua Telegraph's 2004 Reader's Choice Awards. He has also been voted Best Media Personality and Best Weatherperson in New Hampshire Magazine's, The Very Best of New Hampshire Reader Choice Awards. Kaprielian has been interviewed by both WCVB-TV Channel 5's "Chronicle" (Boston) and WKXL radio in Concord, New Hampshire. Despite his credentials, Kaprielian does not hold a seal of approval from either the National Weather Association or the American Meteorological Society, possibly due to the incorporation of audition tapes being judged by other meteorologists into the approval process, which would seem to discourage antics such as those that Kaprielian uses.
- The kult of Al Kaprielian Kaprielian looks more like an eighth-grade science teacher as he springs to life February 6, 2009, Boston Phoenix http://thephoenix.com/Boston/Life/76279-kult-of-Al-Kaprielian
- Q&A with: Meteorologist Al Kaprielian By Jack Kenny Friday, September 12, 2008, New Hampshire Business Review http://www.nhbr.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080912/PEOPLE/809109957[dead link]
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- Weather with Al at NashuaTelegraph.com
- NashuaTelegraph: Weather with Al Returns