Jim Ramsey, a beloved member of the WGN family has passed away.

He was the trusted face of the WGN Weather Department on weekend evenings before retiring in 2017.

Many of Ramsey’s 42 years in broadcasting were spent at WGN.

Since 1987, Jim brought Chicagoans the frigid forecasts of the winters to the sweltering temperatures of the summers. Ramsey’s easy listening southern draw and extensive knowledge of the weather made him a favorite of colleagues and viewers alike.

He was a graduate of the University of South Carolina and began his career in 1975 working in North Carolina, Colorado and Virginia before landing in Chicago and joining WGN in 1987.

Jim was 69 years old.

From the WGN Archives: Jim Ramsey’s farewell broadcast