Dick Rice

Dick Rice is the Chief Meteorologist Emeritus at WTVA.

Title: Chief Meteorologist Emeritus
drice@wtva.com

Born in western Massachusetts, Dick enlisted in the Navy after high school and spent his next 21 years on various ships, overseas stations and a number of facilities in the United States.

His primary responsibility as a meteorologist at the time was to provide flight forecasts to pilots, whether that be stateside, overseas or in the South China Seas during the Vietnam era.

One of his more interesting assignments was with the "Joint Typhoons Warning Center" on Guam where he had the opportunity to work with the "Typhoon Hunters," a unit which flew into the center of these storms in order to obtain meteorological data.

After two decades of naval service, Dick joined WTVA in 1979 when the station began looking to expand its staff of on-air meteorologists.

Dick was hired to provide weather for the Mornin' and Noon shows.

He comments, "The good ole days with Buddy and Kay and getting up at 4:30 a.m., I'll never forget them."

In the years since, Dick has been around through massive advancements in weather graphic systems and Doppler radar, as well as the addition of two additional full-time meteorologists.

But he says the primary objective remains the same - to provide the most accurate weather information possible, no matter what the circumstances may be.

Dick holds a B.S. degree from Troy State University and did graduate work at Central Michigan University.

He is also a professional member of the American Meteorological Society.

On Feb. 20, 2010, Dick was inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) Silver Circle, recognizing his contribution of over a quarter-century of dedication to the television industry.

Less than two months later on April 10, 2010, he was inducted into the 2009 Mississippi Associated Press Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame in recognition of his distinguished broadcasting career, making him the first broadcaster from north Mississippi to receive this honor.

Apart from his weather expertise, Dick enjoys gardening and is rumored to grow a pretty good tomato.

Although it's been a number of years since he has resided in the Northeast, he still follows New England professional teams closely, including the Red Sox.

According to Dick, "I love the Patriots and still bleed Celtic green."

Dick became WTVA's Chief Meteorologist Emeritus on April 15, 2011, and stepped away from his day-to-day duties.

Dick continues to be a part of the WTVA family, making school visits and taking part in community events.

He also fills in for other members of The Weather Authority during vacations.

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Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 93087

Reported Deaths: 2809
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Hinds6956155
DeSoto539355
Harrison372772
Jackson337867
Madison320086
Rankin318875
Lee258567
Jones239978
Forrest238270
Washington217471
Lafayette207239
Lauderdale1994124
Bolivar179065
Oktibbeha174750
Lamar162134
Neshoba1534103
Panola144027
Sunflower141144
Lowndes139857
Warren138050
Leflore136280
Pontotoc122516
Pike120948
Monroe118365
Scott116125
Copiah115933
Coahoma112327
Holmes109158
Marshall107515
Lincoln106253
Grenada105335
Yazoo103629
Simpson101243
Union97824
Tate95137
Leake93937
Adams91736
Wayne87421
Pearl River86250
Marion84133
Prentiss80817
Covington80622
Alcorn76811
Newton75623
Itawamba75221
Tallahatchie74918
George74413
Winston72319
Tishomingo65737
Chickasaw65224
Tippah64216
Attala64125
Walthall59325
Clay57117
Hancock56121
Jasper54915
Noxubee54315
Clarke53539
Smith52114
Calhoun50612
Tunica47913
Montgomery45420
Claiborne45116
Lawrence42512
Yalobusha41614
Perry40617
Humphreys37315
Quitman3735
Stone35011
Greene34317
Webster33113
Jefferson Davis32511
Amite31210
Carroll31212
Wilkinson30217
Kemper28615
Sharkey26312
Jefferson2399
Benton2181
Franklin1893
Choctaw1785
Issaquena1033
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 128818

Reported Deaths: 2284
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Jefferson18911337
Mobile13039289
Montgomery8628173
Madison750775
Tuscaloosa7180114
Lee570559
Shelby564550
Baldwin504749
Marshall382143
Etowah333447
Calhoun332039
Morgan318126
Houston269922
Elmore251947
DeKalb234619
St. Clair221335
Walker220780
Talladega205026
Limestone197319
Cullman183017
Franklin174128
Dallas173626
Russell17112
Autauga167324
Lauderdale164133
Colbert159326
Escambia155725
Blount154214
Jackson149411
Chilton147127
Dale132743
Covington130227
Coffee12708
Pike11519
Tallapoosa113183
Chambers112342
Clarke104917
Marion93728
Butler90838
Barbour8307
Marengo69919
Winston69912
Lowndes64527
Pickens63114
Bibb62810
Hale61228
Randolph60712
Bullock58514
Lawrence58220
Monroe5758
Geneva5634
Cherokee55516
Washington54413
Perry5376
Clay5367
Wilcox53011
Conecuh52311
Crenshaw52231
Macon47620
Henry4674
Fayette4189
Sumter41819
Lamar3452
Choctaw34412
Cleburne3206
Greene30015
Coosa1613
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