News 3 Now’s First Warn Weather Team certified as ‘Madison’s most accurate’

Designation comes from independent weather verification company WeatheRate, which reviews forecasts throughout the country.
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Wisconsin weather is famous for being unpredictable. But last Friday we learned that the News 3 Now First Warn Weather team is certifiably the best in town at predicting what to expect. The weather team was certified as Madison’s most accurate by WeatheRate, an independent, non-partisan weather verification company that reviews forecasts in television markets throughout the country.

WeatheRate checks for accuracy in areas such as high and low temperatures, sky cover, precipitation, snow accumulation, wind and fog, and has monitored and compared data from each television station in Madison over the course of the past year.

“It takes a strong team to get the ever-changing Madison forecast right, and that’s what First Warn Weather does more than every other station in town,” says WeatheRate President Bruce Fixman. “Gary Cannalte and the First Warn Weather Team have earned our seal of approval for delivering the most accurate forecast in South Central Wisconsin.”

Cannalte, longtime chief meteorologist, has been with News 3 Now (formerly WISC-TV) since 1990. He is joined by Haddie McLean, Chris Reece, Dana Fulton and First Warn Weather Team’s newest member, Austin Kopnitsky, who was added to the lineup in early February. Together, through lots of detailed communication and collaboration, the team works to create reliable, 10-day forecasts for the Madison area. News 3 Now is the only station in town that produces a 10-day forecast.

“We’re honored by WeatheRate’s certification of what we already felt was true: that our First Warn Weather forecast is the most accurate in Madison,” says Cannalte.  “Every day, our staff of meteorologists collaborate to come up with the very best forecast for our viewers. It truly is a team effort.”

You can find the First Warn Weather Team’s forecasts on all News 3 Now newscasts,, channel3000+, Facebook, Twitter, several radio stations including WGLR, WPVL, WCLO-AM, WJVL-FM, WMGN-FM, and on the News 3 Now and First Warn Weather apps.

Hannah Twietmeyer is a contributor to Madison Magazine.

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