OBITUARY

Fredrick Gordon Barnes

April 12, 1932December 17, 2019

Gordon Barnes had been forecasting weather for over 40 years and brought a wealth of experience to the NEWSCHANNEL 15 Weather Team. A native of Bermuda, he received his weather and flight training with Pan American World Airways. He spent 11 years with the airline before becoming a television/radio meteorologist with CBS in New York and WUSA-TV in Washington, DC. He was the only professional meteorologist to work with Walter Cronkite and was a part of the CBS Apollo Mission Television Team. He also had the distinction of flying in Hurricane Hunter aircraft into Hurricanes Andrew, Iris and Marilyn. He introduced the jet stream to television viewers and the wind chill factor to the entire broadcasting industry. Gordon also appeared before several U.S. Senate committees testifying on the reliability of long-range weather forecasts.

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Richie Comenzo

July 14, 2020

I was lucky when I was 15 years old to see him at the CBS Weather Center on 57th Street in NYC. He was amazing in his forecast, I watched him every night on CBS news with Jim Jensen . It was sad that he left NYC to go to Washington DC, however it turned out the best for him. I remember The great Lindsay snow storm back in 68 or 69. He was the only one that night Friday to predict Heavy snows and wind for Saturday into Sunday. The U.S. Weather Bureau had forecast : Heavy Rain maybe turning to wet snow at the end. Barnes was dead on he predicted heavy snow with amounts of 12-16 Inches, May he rest in peace.

Dennis Crowley

May 18, 2020

I worked with Gordon Barnes for three years at WMZQ Radio- in Washington D.C. He also worked on Channel 9 during that time. He was the weather forecaster and I was the news director. He was all business and treated weather as a profession. I flew Cessna 172's on the weekends- and I was working on my Boeing 727 Flight Engineers Written examinations for the Boeing 727. We shared a common love for aviation. May he rest in peace. The aviation industry was blessed to have him as a ground school instructor/dispatcher instructor in his retirement years as he was a former Pan Am pilot. Thanks Gordon! You are missed!

NIKOLAS VAN EGTEN

April 28, 2020

Weather promo for Gordon circa 1981

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYUvRUxapbw

NIKOLAS VAN EGTEN

April 28, 2020

I too grew up in Washington DC during the 1970's and 80's and remember Gordon Barnes well, and attribute my lifelong interest in meteorology to him. My 11 year old self loved his snow day predictions. I'm sorry I never had the chance to thank him for his knowledgable reporting and his and avuncular, gregarious demeanor. Thank you Gordon.

Joe Wayne

April 23, 2020

I had the pleasure of having Gordon as a ground instructor in Fort Worth many years ago. His wealth of knowledge was amazing and learned more from him about aviation weather than anyone else I had the pleasure of working with since. Miss you my friend.

Albert Krems

April 4, 2020

I grew up with Gordon Barnes as a teen in The Bronx,ny . He in my opinion was the best weatherman in New York history. When Gordon said it would Snow 10” of Snow it would Snow the amount he predicted. He was amazing!
It so happens, I moved to the Washington DC area in 1977 and Gordon Barnes was there on Washington’s channel 9 news station. He hasn’t missed a beat in predicting the weather forecast. He was my favorite weatherman and will be sorely missed! RIP!

Sharon McGlaughlin

March 5, 2020

Our family always watched him! He was the best. Predicted weather perfectly for my wedding day! He was missed when he left CBS and of course now as well.

John Goldsmith

March 5, 2020

Worked under the same roof (Broadcast House) with Gordon and then reconnected when he moved to my second home Naples/Fort Myers area to continue weather-casting (more as a hobby, methinks) and dedicate himself to his golf game. Have only the best of recollections.

WalterCrawford Crawford

March 4, 2020

When Gordon Barnes gave the weather, you listened. He was part of a great news team on Channel 9 in Washington, DC. My condolences to his family and friends.

Rob Lang

March 4, 2020

Gordon Barnes set the gold standard for meteorologists and for broadcasting. He was part of the legendary Eyewitness News team at Channel 9 in Washington. I was a big fan. To his family and colleagues over the years my deepest sympathy.

FROM THE FAMILY