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Gil Simmons is the Chief weekday morning & midday Chief meteorologist for WTNH-TV, the local ABC-affiliated television station for the Hartford-New Haven, Connecticut television market. He also is the meteorologist for WTNH's sister station, WCTX-TV, the MyNetworkTV-affiliated television station in that market. On August 26, 2015, Simmons was named Chief Meteorologist of WTNH-TV.
Simmons served on active duty in the United States Marine Corps as a meteorologist/oceanographer for six years (1990-1996). He then moved back to Connecticut to forecast the weather locally. He started at WTNH in February 2003. He lives in Middlesex County, Connecticut.
Simmons received an Emmy nomination for his snowstorm coverage in Connecticut and was awarded 2002 Best Weathercast in Connecticut by the Associated Press.
A native of Foster, Rhode Island and Killingly, Connecticut, Simmons is a graduate of Western Connecticut State University, a member of the American Meteorological Society with the television seal of approval, and a member of the National Weather Association.
Simmons also sets time aside to participate in a variety of community fundraisers and events. He jumps into an icy lake every Thanksgiving Day morning to help raise money for Muscular Dystrophy. He is also active with the Multiple Sclerosis Society, American Heart Association, North Haven Education Foundation, Red Cross and numerous other charities. He is committed to honoring the veteran and military community. He also has ridden his Harley in breast cancer benefit rides.