Connecticut Meteorologist Tells Viewers Why He’s Been Off Air

By Stephanie Tsoflias Siegel 

WTNH News 8 chief meteorologist Gil Simmons says a health condition has forced him to take time off.

The Hartford/New Haven meteorologist opened up about his medical issues during a Facebook Live Q&A Wednesday.

“This is not a specific injury. I woke up around 1:45 in the morning on July 5 and felt little tingly sensation,” he said. “Doctors told me two arteries in my neck became kinked, which caused muscle weakness and required extensive rehab.”


“All I want to do is be at work, back to being active. I’m under very close supervision and strict rules as to what I can and can not do; so I’m getting better but the progress is a little slow than I’d like but things are moving into the right direction.”

Simmons, who has been off the ABC affiliate’s air for eight weeks, couldn’t give a specific return date but hopes it’s soon.

Health reporter Jocelyn Maminta reported on Simmons’ diagnosis and recovery last night.