Meteorologist Evan Stewart is a rarity in Hampton Roads television - a Hampton Roads native. He was raised in Chesapeake, and is a graduate of Deep Creek High School. Currently, he is the weekend evening meteorologist at WVEC. His passion for weather came while growing up in Hampton Roads. Events like the “Circus Blizzard of 1980” and Hurricane Gloria left a lasting impression in his mind. Evan has made a lifelong study of Hampton Roads' quirky weather and his observations are backed by considerable training in math and physics, which are the "nuts and bolts" of meteorology.
Evan is a 1995 graduate of North Carolina State University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology. Evan joined WVEC in September 1995, and is a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist, certified by the American Meteorological Society.
While in college, Evan interned at WTVD in Durham, North Carolina, and WVEC. During his internship, he conducted research on forecast verification. Evan compared forecasts from various computer models and human forecasters to determine which were more accurate. Not surprisingly, he found that despite the computer advancements over the years, the human mind and intuition are still more accurate than the computer models. Evan has commented that as one of his professors used to say “computer models are guidance, not gospel.”
While not on the air, Evan does a lot of the “behind the scenes” work. He is the computer specialist, charged with the design and upkeep of over $500,000 worth of weather equipment along with the Engineering department (who jokingly refer to him as an “honorary Engineer.”) He also gives school talks at local elementary schools, volunteers with the Chesapeake 4-H Clubs, and is a frequent contributor to WVEC.com.