Gary Ley Retires From WJAR After 31 Years

By Kevin Eck 

After 31 years at the Providence, R.I. NBC affiliate WJAR, Gary Ley retired Friday.

According the to the station he went into “‘semi-retirement in 2009,’ working a few newscasts a week and filling in on other shifts.”

Before joining the station as chief meteorologist in 1984, Ley was a forecast on The Weather Channel when it started in 1982.


From 1980 to 1982, Gary was a forecast specialist at the National Weather Service’s National Meteorological Center in Washington, D.C.

Gary was a meteorologist on active duty in the Navy for 10 years, spent 10 years in the Reserves, and is now a retired commander. He also holds the Navy Achievement Medal.

One of the first big tests of Gary’s skills in Southern New England came just a month into his tenure, when Hurricane Gloria hit the coast with a peak wind of 81 mph in Providence and 91 mph in Westerly.

According to Rhode Island Monthly magazine, voters honored Gary with at least 10 “Best Of Rhode Island” awards.