Bob Ryan retiring after 33 years of TV weather forecasting

Bob Ryan will step away from television Wednesday after 33 years. Photo: ABC7

A long and distinguished career is coming to an end Wednesday.

The Washington D.C. area will say goodbye to ABC7 Senior Meteorologist Bob Ryan after the 11 p.m. newscast, bringing to a close 33 years of prediction and analyzing climate and weather for residents of the nation's capital.

In celebration of his career and retirement, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray has declared May 22 as "Bob Ryan Day," citing his decades of service on television, his forward-thinking digital weather strategy and his work with schools and the community.

Ryan served as the Chief Meteorologist at WRC-TV from 1980 through 2010 before making his way to ABC7. For the past three years, Ryan has guided the D.C. area through not only several major weather events, but also helped build WJLA's rich digital weather strategy.

ABC7 staff, former colleagues and fans of his work throughout the Washington area and across the nation are paying tribute to Bob. You can join in by tweeting your favorite memories with the hashtag #FarewellBob.