Jonathan Weant

POSTED: 2:51 PM Sep 03 2013   UPDATED: 4:43 PM Apr 23 2015

Jonathan joined the WCTI StormTrack 12 team in August 2013 as the weekend morning meteorologist and weekday reporter.

Jonathan grew up in High Point, N.C., and is excited to be back at home in the great state of North Carolina.

Like most meteorologists, Jonathan knew exactly what he wanted to be at the age of 6.  When Jonathan was in the sixth grade, he became a "Van's Weather kid" for the FOX8 station in High Point.

Jonathan received his bachelor of science in meteorology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. After college, Jonathan moved to Lubbock, Texas, where he worked at KCBD-11 as the morning associate producer and filled in for weather.

From there, Jonathan moved to southern Texas, near the Mexico border, and became the weekend meteorologist and weekday reporter for KGBT-Action 4 News. There, he covered a wide range of weather events.

After spending a few years in southern Texas, he became the morning meteorologist at WABG ABC 6 in Greenville, Miss.

When not on the air, you will typically find Jonathan running through downtown New Bern or at the gym. Jonathan also likes to cook, so if you have any good recipes for him or news stories, feel free to send him a message.


Jonathan's Most Recent Stories

Video Forecast

Mild and dry today, rain for Monday

Mild and dry today, rain for Monday

Water testing along Neuse

Scientist working to improve water quality on the Neuse River

Whether it's rain, wind, or river flooding, the weather can play a major role in our environment.

Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child

 Operation Christmas Child kicks off for the holiday season, and this week is national collections week here in Eastern North Carolina

Kate is weakening in the central North Atlantic

Hurricane Center issues last advisory on Kate.

(img1)11-10-15 Shipwrecks research

Shipwrecks off coast prove beneficial for marine life

Shipwrecks off the coast have proven beneficial for marine life and actually help it flourish. Avery Paxton, a PhD student at the University of North Carolina explains why they are so important.

gfs rain

1-3" of rain on Monday could lead to minor flooding

An area of low pressure will move along the Carolina coast to produce heavy rain Monday into Tuesday. Rain amounts will be anywhere from 1-3".

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What's El Nino? It could be around for quite a while longer

El Nino has had a strong impact on our weather lately, especially with all the rain. But what is El Nino and how long will we have to deal with it?

(img1)11-3-15 Wetlands project

Researchers working toward restoration of wetlands

Restoring wetlands are an important part of keeping marine life in Eastern North Carolina healthy and thriving.

(img1)10-27-15 Carolina Yachts event

Christening ceremony marks Hatteras Yachts’ move in right direction

Hatteras Yachts officials tell NewsChannel 12 they've bounced back from the economic problems of 2008 and 2013. A special event on Tuesday was pretty good proof of that.

(img1)10-21-15 Bioenergy plant tour

Bioenergy plant shows process used to make, save energy

Finding ways to supply energy in a clean and renewable way is becoming quite popular across the county.

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Flooding issues continue in Beaufort, rest of Carteret County

People in Beaufort and the rest of Carteret County are worried about more flooding and watching out for possible hazards in the water

New Bern High School raises money for solar panels

New Bern High School is one of only four North Carolina schools selected for a pilot solar energy project. The school needs to raise money to receive a matching grant.

corn maze

Fall is in the air and corn mazes are opening up

Fall is in the air and you know what that means, Pumpkin patches, hay rides, and corn mazes will soon be opening up.

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Hurricane season halfway over but possible dangers still exist

Although we're halfway through the 2015 hurricane season, we're not out of the woods yet to potential problems. Most of our worst storms come in the second half of the hurricane season, as NewsChannel 12's Jonathan Weant explains.

(img1)Miss Elinor Hawkins back to reading again

Miss Elinor Hawkins back to reading stories again

A Saturday morning staple is back. Miss Elinor Hawkins hasn't taped a new show for almost two months due to a stroke she suffered in July. But she was back in our studios working again on Tuesday.

Rip current risk

NOAA, research team looking for better way to forecast rip current dangers

The National Weather Service and a team of researchers at Kill Devil Hills Ocean Rescue have been working to come up with a better way to forecast rip current dangers.

8-6 severe potential

Strong storms and heavy rain expected this afternoon

Storm Track 12 Meteorologist are tracking the potential for scattered thunderstorms for this afternoon.

Group to build park

Group in Pamlico County hopes to build an environmental park

A group in Pamlico County is working to establish an environmental park for residents to enjoy and for students to be able to learn.

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Crews busy restoring power, cleaning up following storms

Thousands of lightning strikes, high winds and rain caused damage to some homes in eastern North Carolina Tuesday night.


Summer of 2015: Just how hot has it been?

It doesn't take long being outside to really feel the heat. Within less than a minute of stepping outside, you start to drip in sweat.

(img1)Drone video 7-8-15

Drones used by marine scientists for good of life on coast

You've heard of drones in the military sense. However, more and more scientists are using drones for research.

Dog safety in the heat

Keeping your pets safe in the extreme heat

According to experts, it doesn’t take long for dogs to experience heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

hurricane drill

Carteret County EOC gets experience during hurricane exercise drill

Officials from across Carteret County gathered Tuesday in Morehead City at the Emergency Operations Center to test their skills for the upcoming hurricane season.


Stay safe in the heat wave

Summer doesn't technically start for another week -- but already people in Eastern Carolina are feeling the heat.


StormTrack 12 tracking severe weather this evening

StormTrack 12 is tracking scattered showers and thunderstorms that will continue to be in the area into Tuesday night.

Union Park duck

Union Park duck with the hook and without (Facebook photos)

It took some work, but duck finally has hook removed from bill

A duck with a fishing hook stuck in its bill is now back in the water, hook free.

Jon hurricane prep pic

Preparing for a hurricane before the storm hits

Preparing for a hurricane can be overwhelming but putting together a list of things to do beforehand could help save your life.

Ana Radar

Ana has weakened to a tropical depression

Ana has now weakened to a tropical depression after making landfall this morning in Myrtle Beach

Forecast Models

Potential tropical troubles along east coast this week?

We are tracking the possibilities of a tropical or sub-tropical system to develop later this week, that could impacts Eastern North Carolina.

black ice

Black ice and dangerous roads continue to threaten ENC

Black ice and dangerous road conditions can be expected Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.

Severe Threat

ENC under "Slight Risk" for severe weather Sunday

The Storm Prediction Center has placed all of ENC under a "Slight Risk" for severe weather.

Severe Threat Slight

Storms moving into Eastern North Carolina overnight could be strong

Strong storms and potentially severe storms will work their way in across the region overnight into early Monday morning.


ECU to acuire aquatic robot for coastal and marine research

Dr. Joseph Luczkovich is a biology professor at East Carolina University in Greenville.

He along with three other researchers are working on a project to better understand the ocean environment and weather patterns off the coast of North Carolina

Wave Glider

ECU to acquire aquatic robot for coastal and marine research

Dr. Joseph Luczkovich is a biology professor at East Carolina University in Greenville. He, along with three other researchers, are working on a project to better understand the ocean environment and weather patterns off the coast of North Carolina

Hurricane Edouard

Hurricane Edouard forms, could become first major hurricane of the season

Hurricane Edouard formed in the Atlantic about 11 a.m. Sunday after several days of being a tropical storm.

Tropics Weekend

Heavy rain is expected through Tuesday for Eastern North Carolina

With the combination of the low and the cold front that will stall out, parts of Eastern North Carolina could see 4-6 inches of rain with higher amounts in localized locations over the next 3 to 5 days.

MPING Prject

Smart phone app allows public to help forecaster report the weather

Over the past several decades, Doppler radar has proved to be a valuable tool to forecasters.

Luggage 4 Love

"Luggage 4 Love" helping local foster kids

About 85 foster kids will walk through the doors of Easter Seals UCP North Carolina this year, many with just trash bags and cardboard boxes to transport their belongings.

Tropical Storm Cristobal

Cristobal Now at Hurricane Strength

Cristobal upgraded to hurricane strength late Monday night.

Bertha weakens to tropical storm

Bertha downgrades to tropical storm

Tropical Storm Bertha continues to spin out in the Atlantic. However, Bertha is being torn apart by high wind shear thanks to a stalled-out frontal boundary off the coast of North Carolina.

Bertha becomes 2nd named hurricane of the season

Hurricane Bertha has formed in the Atlantic off the U.S. East Coast but isn't expected to be a threat to land.

Flood Watch remains in effect for Eastern Carolina

All counties in our area are under a FLOOD WATCH until 8 p.m. Monday.

Tropical Storm Bertha to become Hurricane

Bertha is moving toward the north near 16 mph and this general motion is expected to continue today, followed by a gradual turn toward the north-northeast and northeast during the next 48 hours.

Fire possibly caused by lightning destroys home

A fire destroyed a Carteret County home Thursday during lightning and heavy rain.

Church Repairs

Seeds Ministry helps rebuild church steeple and community

Saint John Missionary Baptist church in New Bern is the community's third oldest church.

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Program matches runners with special-needs children

"I Run 4" is a program in which runners are matched up with those who have special needs. It's an effort to create a whole new level of motivation for everyone involved.

Local teenager suffers brain damage after heart attack

Heart attack leaves local teen with brain damage

He’s described as an outgoing person, full of life, full of energy and laughter.

But on May 19th, 2013, 15-year-old Elis Ray Tripp’s life would change forever.

Local teenager suffers brain damage after heart attack

Heart attack leaves local teen with brain damage

He’s described as an outgoing person, full of life, full of energy and laughter.

But on May 19th, 2013, 15-year-old Elis Ray Tripp’s life would change forever.

Severe Weather Danager

Strong to severe storms possible across Eastern North Carolina Saturday

An area of low pressure will track along a stalled out frontal boundary draped over the area will lead to scattered showers and thunderstorm this afternoon. 

Lightning strikes local Doppler radar

A bolt of lightning struck dangerously close to the base of the Doppler radar located at the National Weather Service weather forecasting office in Newport, damaging several hundred pounds of equipment.