Is Lynette Charles leaving WMAR? Meteorologist 'will be greatly missed'

Bruno Cooke May 20, 2022
Is Lynette Charles leaving WMAR? Meteorologist 'will be greatly missed'

Numerous netizens have commented on Lynette Charles’ most recent social media posts this morning – on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter – expressing their sadness that Charles is leaving WMAR. What have people been saying, and do we know where she’s going next?

Lynette Charles announces she is leaving WMAR after 11 years with the station, to fans’ chagrin

“I was crying with you when you announced this morning that this was your last day at WMAR TV,” wrote one of Lynette Charles’ fans this morning, below her most recent Facebook post.

“I looked forward to seeing you every day so this took me for a loop!”

“You will be greatly missed,” wrote another. “Praying your new path will be a blessed one. Sad but happy for you!” 

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This latter sentiment is common among those airing their thoughts about Charles’ departure from WMAR. It is with a mixture of happiness and sadness that her long-time listeners have received the news.

“Well girl,” added one fan. “You had me and hubby tearing up this morning. We are going to miss that beautiful face every morning. We loved you ever since you said ‘if you can dodge a wrench you can dodge a ball’.”

Where did she work before, and do we know where she’s going next?

Before she became ABC’s WMAR2 News chief meteorologist, Lynette Charles was a meteorologist for WPMT Fox43. She worked at Fox for two years.

Before that, from 2004 to 2007, she performed a similar role at WDEF-TV.

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But her stint with ABC2 News (WMAR) was her longest yet. She was with the station for 11 years and ten months, from August 2010 to May 2022.

At the time of writing, Lynette hasn’t addressed her departure from WMAR on social media. Her latest Instagram post is from a day ago; she posted on Facebook just before making the announcement she is leaving the station, without mentioning the fact.

Nor has Lynette Charles said where she is going next. The Focus has reached out to her for comment.

What do we know about Lynette Charles’ life off-screen?

Charles cut her teeth at The Weather Channel as a camera operator, and has lived and worked in Tennessee and Pennsylvania. 

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Among her key motivations are “helping the viewers stay safe” in severe weather conditions, and “going to schools to talk to the students about the weather”, it states on her bio on the WMAR 2 News website.

She also enjoys “spending time with my family and friends”; her favourite movies are Karate Kid and “all the Rocky movies (except for Rocky V)”.

As a child, she says, she was “charismatic, happy, funny, mischievous (at times) and kind”. Her parents are the “best people she’s ever known”, and she has a three-year-old dog called Blaze.

We wish Lynette the best of luck whatever she decides to do next.

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Bruno Cooke has been a freelance journalist since 2019, primarily with GRV Media. He was an early contributor to The Focus, and has written for HITC, Groundviews and the Sheffield University newspaper – he earned his MA in Global Journalism there in 2021. He’s the Spoken Word Poetry Editor for The Friday Poem, and self-published his debut novel Reveries in 2019, which his mum called both a “fine read” and “excellent Christmas present”. Bruno has lived in China, Sri Lanka and the Philippines and likes, among other things: bicycle touring, black and white Japanese films, pub quizzes, fermentation and baklava. In 2023, Bruno will set off with his partner on a round-the-world cycle.