Rich Marriott is the Meteorologist for the KING 5 Morning News.
Rich has been a meteorologist for KING-TV for almost 28 years, however he is celebrating his 40th year of forecasting the weather for Washington.
Prior to joining KING-TV, Marriott was a meteorologist for the U.S. Forest Service Northwest Avalanche and Mountain Weather Forecast Center (NWAC) located in the National Weather Service Office. Rich's graduate work at the University of Washington led to the founding of NWAC. During this time he provided detailed mountain weather and avalanche forecasts to government and private agencies, as well as the public. His work at NWAC took him into the red zone at Mt. St. Helens in 1980 when he (and NWAC cofounder Mark Moore) provided avalanche hazard information the scientists working on the volcano.
From 1977-1987, Rich worked for the University of Washington during the summers as Station manager for the Blue Glacier Research Project in the Olympic Mountains. In this capacity he maintained a research facility at the 6800-foot level on Mt. Olympus and carried out research in glaciology, climatology, and meteorology. This position also involved occasionally helping with search and rescue and educational programs for Olympic National Park.
Prior to moving to Seattle, Marriott worked as a research fellow in the UCLA Department of Meteorology, conducting research on the meteorology of the earth's upper atmosphere.
Rich continues to work occasionally as a consultant in mountain meteorology and avalanche planning and education. He continues to be involved in the snow and avalanche community as General Secretary of the Steering Committee for the International Snow Science Workshop (ISSW) – one of the leading meetings on these topics.
Rich received his B.S. in Physics and M.S. in Meteorology from UCLA. Subsequently, he spent three years in the graduate program at the University of Washington specializing in Mountain Meteorology, Avalanches, and Snow Physics. His research there became NWAC.
Rich belongs to the American Geophysical Union, the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, and the American Meteorological Society. He is also a professional member of the American Avalanche Association. Rich has co-authored research papers in scientific journals, including Nature, Journal of Glaciology, Journal of Geoelecticity and Geomagnetism, and others.
Rich has two adult children and a 2½ year old. Rich lives in Seattle.
He spends his spare time traveling, skiing, snowboarding, hiking, biking, and pulling weeds. He has summited Mt. Rainier twice and backpacked long sections of the Pacific Crest Trail in Washington and California.