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Zach Daniel is the Emmy Award winning Chief Meteorologist for WTVR. His weathercasts can be seen weeknights on CBS 6 at 5, 5:30, 6, 7 and 11. Zach grew up in Atlanta, Georgia and has had a keen interest in weather since his early childhood. He’s no stranger to severe and unusual weather, having spent six years working in Oklahoma City, widely regarded as the most intense weather market in the nation. He loves the challenge of forecasting the weather in Virginia and creating a weathercast that’s accurate, compelling, and useful for his viewers each and every day.

Zach graduated from The University of Georgia with a B.S. degree in Geography, and earned his B.S. degree in Meteorology from The University of Oklahoma. He is a member of the National Weather Association and the American Meteorological Society, and has been awarded the AMS Seal of Approval.

Zach has earned numerous awards during his time in Richmond, including 11 Emmy nominations and 7 Emmy wins. His 7 Emmy wins include 5 “Best Weather Anchor” titles (2009, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015). His other two Emmys are for Best Weathercast in 2008 and Best Weather Special in 2011.

Zach and his wife, daughter, two sons, and yellow lab live in Richmond’s West End. When he’s not working he loves running, playing golf, skiing, traveling, spending time with his family, and serving as a board member for the March of Dimes and the American Cancer Society. Zach works as a forensic meteorologist and has served as an expert witness generating forensic weather reports for numerous cases involving weather in the Mid-Atlantic. To contact Zach regarding a court case, email him at He loves hearing from viewers and invites you to drop him a line at

Recent Articles
  • Hurricane Joaquin Thursday AM

    Hurricane Joaquin: 6 things the National Hurricane Center wants you to know Thursday morning

    There were huge changes in successive model runs Wednesday night regarding the track of Hurricane Joaquin, CBS 6 Chief Meteorologist Zach Daniel reported.

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    Days of heavy rain for Virginia even if Hurricane Joaquin doesn’t hit

    Download the CBS 6 Weather Authority App, which includes hour-by-hour forecasts and an interactive doppler radar.

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    Tropical Storm Erika forms in the Central Atlantic

    A disturbance in the central Atlantic strengthened to Tropical Storm Erika Monday evening.

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    Meet Tropical Storm Danny

    A disturbance in the eastern Atlantic we were monitoring yesterday developed into Tropical Depression Four this morning and then quickly strengthened to Tropical Storm Danny this afternoon. Tropical storm Danny is circled in red below. . The track of Danny will be generally westward over the next week or so as it moves along the southern periphery of central Atlantic high pressure.  Further strengthening is likely, and the storm has a good chance of becoming the first hurricane of the […]

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    Strong storms risk Tuesday afternoon and evening

    The main severe weather threat will be damaging wind gusts that accompany the most intense storms.

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    Severe Storm Pounds Hanover County

    The storm also produced large hail, which was estimated at over 2" in diameter at the height of the storm.

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    Severe weather possible Saturday

    A powerful storm system will move through the Ohio Valley just northwest of Virginia on Saturday, bringing widespread strong to severe storms to the region.


    Severe storm risk exists with Thursday evening storms

    Scattered strong to severe storms will develop by late afternoon and evening, with storms along the front having a greater chance of producing tornadoes.

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    3 Confirmed Tornadoes in the Northern Neck

    The National Weather Service survey team released their report this evening confirming that 3 EF-0 tornadoes touched down in the counties of Richmond and Lancaster last night. The first tornado occurred from 8:53 PM until 9:08 PM, tracking from southeast of Newland to Naylors Beach and then across Route 360.  Maximum winds were 70 to 80 mph, with a path width of 100 yards, and the tornado was on the ground for 6 miles. The second tornado occurred from 9:28 […]

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    Tornado and Severe thunderstorm watches in effect until 8 p.m.

    The recently upgraded CBS 6 Weather Authority App is ready for you to download and use.

  • WATCH: Warmer weather is coming soon

    Heat and humidity will be back for most of next week with highs in the upper 80s and lower 90s. A few scattered storms are possible Monday and Tuesday as another cold front moves into the region.


    Record heat, then a big break

    RICHMOND, Va. — Tuesday will be our first 90-degree day in Richmond in 2015, and we’ll do it in grand fashion, by tying the standing record for May 12th of 92 set in 1956. Our first 90-degree day is well-above average for this time of year, but is very much on par with the average first 90-degree day we see each year.  Our average first day to hit the mark is May 13th, and we’ll do it just one day […]