Lee Haywood is the new chief meteorologist with WWAY tv in Wilmington.
He arrived in August 2019 and is proud to join WWAY’s news and weather
staff. He has over 20 years experience in television broadcasting and is
excited to be in southeast North Carolina and the Cape Fear and to
forecast the wide array of weather conditions our coast experiences. He
has covered several major tornado outbreaks… lots of tropical storms…
several brushes with hurricanes including hurricane Matthew, Irma and
Lee formally was with WSAV tv in Savannah GA for 19 and a half years.
Lee also was an instructor of meteorology at Armstrong State University
in Savannah for over 17 and a half years before joining WWAY.
He began his career in January 1999 after graduating with a degree in
Atmospheric sciences (meteorology) at UNC-Asheville (Dec 1998). He
started at KIMT in Mason City Iowa and worked for a year before arriving
in Savannah. He was a weather intern for over a year and a half at WLOS
tv in Asheville NC before finishing his schooling at UNCA.
Lee has been fascinated with weather since he was a little boy growing
up in Virginia. A tornado went through the fields of the farm he grew up
on that turned the tide for him. He read every thing he could find on
weather… set up his own weather instruments… made observations. By high
school… he was volunteering at tv stations and the National Weather
Service… creating computer programs to forecast the weather… and writing
zone forecasts for the weather in Virginia. This is a natural
progression for someone who’s love and passion is the weather.
Lee resides on the south side of Wilmington. In his spare time, he
enjoys reading… watching movies and strolling the beautiful beaches of
the Cape Fear and venturing downtown Wilmington.