Dave Relihan began his career at WIBW-TV in 1981 as a morning and midday meteorologist before becoming Chief Meteorologist; a position he held for the next 18 years. In addition to presenting nightly weathercasts for the 6 and 10 pm news, Dave covered numerous severe weather events, forecasted for the Kansas Agriculture and Kansas Information radio networks, and wrote a number of articles for Kansas Farmer magazine. Dave is currently providing live and recorded forecasts for radio stations WIBW-AM and WIBW-FM. He also forecasts for the radio networks listed above, and covers severe weather for AM 580 and 94.5 Country.
Dave recalls one of his most memorable days of covering severe weather.June 8th, 1982. A cluster of severe storms tracked across Kansas, passing through NE Kansas between 4am and 6am, and packing winds in excess of 100 mph. He was awakened by the winds and hurried to the station to help the morning meteorologist. Dave remembers the trip to the station as being the scariest 5 minutes of his life. Winds were swirling and whipping trees in every direction, with the Menninger campus littered by limbs a foot or more in diameter. By the time he arrived at the station, he was visibly shaking. It took him fifteen minutes to calm down enough so that he could go on air.
Dave also remembers the month of November in 1983 for a different reason. The weather department shrank from three to one for those 30 days. During that time period, he worked every shift from 4am to 10pm, before the station hired another meteorologist. Dave is from Smith Center, KS, and received his degree from the University of Kansas.