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WFAA8's Steve McCauley signing off this weekend

After 13 years of loyal service, WFAA8 meteorologist Steve McCauley is scheduled to sign off during the Sunday, Aug. 18th 10 p.m. newscast.

He never became the station’s featured weathercaster, instead working weekends while also backing up Troy Dungan and then Pete Delkus. But no one was more ardent and enthusiastic about the weather, with the possible exception of former KTVT/KDAF meteorologist Bob Goosmann.

McCauley’s forecasts were performance art without being over the top. He could bring a little sizzle to a drizzle while also throwing in a dry aside or two. In the video below, from a winter 2010 forecast, McCauley invites viewers to “look at that pathetic dew point. It’s only at 10.” He also offers a little treatise on how conflicting computer models can make it tough to gauge whether a severe storm pattern will hit D-FW hard at some point or pretty much bypass the area.

As previously posted, McCauley has decided to pursue a Ph.D. degree full-time. So he’ll be off the air after Sunday’s late nighter, but will continue to “provide content on our digital platforms,” according to news director Carolyn Mungo.

McCauley’s replacement, Ashton Altieri from ABC affiliate KXTV-TV in Sacramento, CA, joined WFAA8 this week and will take over the weather segments on the station’s weekend nighttime newscasts.

Here’s a look at McCauley in action. Happy rainbows to him.