Dick Goddard is in Grave Condition. Prayers Up for Cleveland's Legendary Weatherman


  • Goddard at a 1969 Rotary Club Meeting/ Cleveland Memory Project

The world's longest tenured weatherman, Cleveland's own Dick Goddard, is in grave condition in a medical facility in Florida, his daughter has told Fox 8. Doctors have said he likely doesn't have long to live.

The 89-year-old Goddard was of course a beloved Cleveland local meteorologist for more than 50 years. He retired in 2016 from Fox 8 after a distinguished career marked as much by his love of animals as by his commitment to keeping Northeast Ohioans informed about wind and rain.

In one unbelievable anecdote, Goddard reportedly once missed a news broadcast because a spider was spotted in the newsroom and Goddard, instead of killing it, took it to a field behind the station to set it free. Straight legend.

Goddard was by all accounts an absolute mensch, and provided no shortage of laughs for Clevelanders, even as his career was winding down. His daughter Kim is now asking for prayers for her father, and Clevelanders can certainly oblige.

Godspeed, Dick.

Sign up for Scene's weekly newsletters to get the latest on Cleveland news, things to do and places to eat delivered right to your inbox.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at [email protected].

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.