Rich Segal has been doing weather for more than 35 years. His career began in Columbia, Missouri, when he was asked to be a fill-in weathercaster for the University of Missouri television station, KOMU-TV, an NBC affiliate.
Rich was told it would take two or three weeks to find a permanent replacement from the Atmospheric Sciences Department. Two weeks turned into three years, and Rich's passion for weather developed during this time because of the changes in the climate of mid-Missouri.
Rich moved to Texas in 1978, serving as the chief meteorologist for KAUZ-TV in Wichita Falls from May 1978 to March 1989. From there, he moved to Denison where he served as chief meteorologist and then news director.
Rich says the challenge of forecasting weather in Texas was much greater than it was in Columbia. Texas has move severe weather situations than Missouri, so there was more for Rich to learn regarding thunderstorms and tornados.
Rich joined the Time Warner Cable News' weather team full-time on March 22, 2003, after serving as a fill-in for a year and a half.
Rich is a member of the National Weather Association. He spends several hours a month visiting schools and organizations to talk about Central Texas weather.
When he's not studying up on the latest weather technology, he spends his free time as an avid sports fan and spending time with friends. He is the Assistant Commissioner of Softball Austin and serves on the Board of the Austin Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.