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: 34622

Reported Deaths: 1215
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Hinds282449
DeSoto186519
Madison141936
Jones118549
Harrison109615
Rankin106315
Neshoba103976
Forrest97243
Lauderdale95481
Scott80915
Jackson74418
Washington70010
Copiah64215
Leake62120
Lee60022
Oktibbeha58928
Holmes57941
Warren57720
Grenada5698
Wayne56018
Yazoo5486
Lowndes53613
Leflore52856
Lamar5227
Lincoln51935
Pike48820
Sunflower4708
Lafayette4644
Monroe43935
Panola4326
Covington4295
Bolivar39418
Simpson3843
Attala38324
Newton36710
Adams34719
Pontotoc3396
Tate33313
Marion32412
Claiborne30011
Winston29611
Chickasaw29319
Pearl River28132
Noxubee2778
Marshall2763
Jasper2716
Clay25611
Walthall2497
Union24611
Smith23712
Coahoma2196
Clarke21725
Lawrence2022
Yalobusha2028
Kemper18314
Tallahatchie1784
Carroll17411
Humphreys16110
Calhoun1605
Montgomery1513
Itawamba1458
Tippah14411
Hancock14113
Webster13411
Jefferson1223
Tunica1213
Jefferson Davis1184
Prentiss1173
George1123
Greene11210
Amite1083
Quitman971
Tishomingo971
Wilkinson969
Alcorn942
Perry794
Choctaw754
Stone732
Franklin542
Sharkey470
Benton440
Issaquena101
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 49892

Reported Deaths: 1077
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Jefferson6219167
Mobile4625138
Montgomery4397111
Tuscaloosa258652
Madison19839
Marshall190411
Shelby155724
Lee153537
Morgan12415
Baldwin117011
Walker105631
Elmore100721
Dallas9789
Franklin92816
Etowah91914
DeKalb8647
Russell6650
Chambers66427
Autauga66214
Butler64529
Tallapoosa62569
Unassigned61627
Limestone5963
Houston5616
Lauderdale5556
Cullman5546
St. Clair4842
Colbert4816
Lowndes48022
Escambia4688
Pike4675
Calhoun4565
Coffee4164
Covington40312
Jackson4022
Barbour3772
Bullock37610
Dale3721
Talladega3677
Hale34323
Marengo34211
Clarke3036
Wilcox2998
Chilton2952
Winston2925
Sumter28713
Blount2811
Marion26714
Pickens2626
Monroe2553
Randolph2489
Conecuh2278
Perry2242
Bibb2151
Macon2129
Choctaw20912
Greene1929
Henry1463
Washington1367
Crenshaw1263
Lawrence1210
Cherokee1157
Geneva950
Lamar871
Clay822
Fayette811
Coosa631
Cleburne421
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