RENOWNED ABC and WJLA meteorologist Dough Hill passed away surrounded by his family as colleagues pay tribute.
According to WJLA, Hill passed away Monday in North Carolina.
Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Hill was a former Prince Georges County police officer before dedicating his life to meteorology.
Hill was a fixture in the Washington DC area, having spent over 30 years forecasting the weather in The District.
Hill was the meteorologist for ABC 7 News at Noon, 4, 5 and 6pm.
He has been awarded the Seal of Approval from the American Meteorological Society and was honored with a Washington Emmy Award for broadcast excellence.
He has also served as a meteorologist for affiliates in Richmond, Virginia, and Detroit, Michigan.
"He was a mentor second to none, always willing to listen and make suggestions – always with an even and reassuring tone, WJLA wrote.
"Doug lived modestly, donated generously, especially to causes to end food insecurity. He adored his family."
Tributes to the beloved meteorologist flooded social media following the news of his death.
'A TRUE PROFESSIONAL'
ABC7 DC Maryland Bureau Chief Brad Bell wrote: "We at @7NewsDC got some devastating news last night. Doug Hill, my colleague and friend of more than 20 years has died.
"He was a warm and caring man and exactly the same person in 'real life' you saw on TV all those years. I’ve missed him since he retired. This hurts."
ABC7 DC's official Twitter account wrote: "It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of our dear friend and colleague Doug Hill.
"He will be missed dearly by those who knew him and watched his forecasts for decades."
Lowell Melser, an Emmy nominated meteorologist for WBALTV 98, tweeted: "Terrible news. I grew up watching Doug Hill. One of several DC area Mets that got me interested in weather. #RIP."
Former colleague and Wavy News producer Robert Bennett wrote: "Some really sad news from my former colleagues at @7newsDC. Doug was a true professional and an awesome guy. I was honored to have worked with him during my time there. I know he will be missed by everyone who knew and loved him."
Hill is survived by his wife, Mary Ann, sons Brian and Peter, and daughter Maggie.
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