**This blog post was EDITED on 4/2/20 to say…. In light of our country’s position in the COVID-19 pandemic, I have decided to extend my stay at WESH for a few more weeks. My last day on Sunrise will be May 22. Stay safe, friends!**
“Your life does not get better by chance. It gets better by change.” -Jim Rohn
Most people don’t like change. I am usually one of them.
But sometimes change is necessary, even when it’s painful.
It is with bittersweet emotion, I write this post sharing that after 18 years with WESH-2 I am hanging up my weather clicker and smashing my alarm clock.
After May 22, 2020 I will no longer be the morning Sunrise meteorologist.
I absolutely love the work I do as a broadcast meteorologist, but waking up at 2 AM every day for so many years has taken its toll. I only have 2 years before my oldest heads off to college and I never want to look back with regret that I missed these important family moments and events that will pass so quickly.
With that in mind, I have made the extremely difficult decision to not renew my contract.
WESH-2 has been my home since 2002 and I’ve been part of a team with some of the best in the TV business.
Thank you for welcoming me into your homes every morning. Thank you for waking up with WESH and weathering so many storms and hurricanes with me. I will miss our daily visits, but I hope you can understand I had to make this decision for my own sanity, freedom, and flexibility.
I am not leaving Central Florida. I’ll still be living here, and on social media, so please continue to follow me and keep in touch! You can also sign up for email updates on my website: amysweezey.com
I don’t know exactly what is next for me, other than visiting schools, sharing my children’s weather books, and doing some speaking. But I also know I have a lot left to give. I am looking forward to my next chapter… which includes many changes!
I understand but will miss you and calming voice.
Thank you for your years of service as a true professional giving us weather forecasts! Enjoy your time with your children and husband. Rest, play and live your best life❣️
Aw. I just realized that I hadn’t seen you in a while especially during the crazy weather recently. So I googled “where is Amy Sweezey” and saw this ☹️ You were like part of the family every morning.
Good luck on your new life’s journey 💕
Linda winters says
I will miss seeing you but understand good luck on the next phase of your life,
Dwayne Jackson says
Amy, you are a jewel.I will tearfully miss you tremendously.l wish you God-speed and total success. Thank you very much!!!
Nellie Wooten says
Will miss you Blessings in your future endeavors.
Wow. .we moved here in 2003 and I remember you being preggers. Then another 2 times, I believe. You will be missed as one of the best meteorologists in Central Florida!
Good for you Amy. I hope to see and read of you helping the community with the push for literature. God bless you and your family.
Chris G says
Good luck in your future endeavors Amy. Family always comes first!
I don’t live in the Orlando area, but I travel there quite a bit for work and vacation. Whenever I’m in town I always tune into WESH for news, weather, traffic, and sports.
Going to miss your bubbly personality on TV. You were my favorite meteorologist. Family is the most important thing in life though. Jobs come and go, but family is forever. Thank you for the past 18 years of keeping us informed.
Well Amy I have to say I am very happy for you. As many we have enjoyed spending our mornings with you. I applaud you for this difficult step, by that I mean leaving a work place you have known as home for so many years. But in the end your family is of upmost importance and we can not get back that time or those memories lost due to our work commitments. We wish you all the best and enjoy the extra time you will have to spend with your family. Especially those times spent at your favorite beach which we know is New Smyrna or I might just be partial to it.
Elsie Reagan says
Amy, I will miss you so much in the morning, but very happy for you and your beautiful family. You have been the sunshine in the morning even when it rained. Good luck and Godspeed in all you do. I live near your parents, maybe I’ll see you around the neighborhood 😀
Mardi & Shader says
So sorry to see you go! You have always been a bright spot in the morning.
Wishing you the very best of luck in your future endeavors.
Carolyn A. Williams says
I am sadden that you are leaving the station, I moved to Central Florida just in time to watch you have your 3 children and now they are growing so fast. This is an important time for you to share your children’s experiences. I pray God will put his arms around you and your family and give you happy times“
Crystal Wilson says
Wow! It’s all I can say! You will be truly missed in the mornings but you right, you gotta do whatcha got to do for your family!! Congrats Amy & continue your journey to success! Imma still be your TopFan on Facebook thou!!😍
Rick Spitznogle says
I have watched Amy’s weather reports every morning before heading to work since she first came on-air in 2002….She provided pinpoint information during the summer of 2004 (until childbirth interrupted her), and she has ALWAYS been my GO TO for weather in the Dunnellon/ Marion County area….Thank you, Amy! 😘
Sandra Yepes says
It is August and I am still missing Amy Sweezy!! ☹☹😢 You were in my living room everyday!! I wish you the very best!!
Pam Isbell says
Congratulations on the life changing decision. We don’t want to miss out on what our kids do and when those opportunities arise one must take them!!
Angela Booth says
I enjoyed watching you every morning as I got ready for work and am sure going to miss you. Hearing that you had to wake up at 2am, it is completely understandable that you have decided to make a change. Enjoy the kiddos and extra rest and I will look forward to seeing what your next adventure is!
Amy I am also one of thousands that will deeply miss you. Enjoy your family. I hope we get to be part of your future also.
Pam S says
Amy I will miss your face please be safe ENJOY what is coming in your future WESH is my channel it won’t be the same without you!!!!
I’ll miss you on billboards and tv. To me you are the class of news and so appreciated. Maybe YouTube could be something to connect with people. I wish you all the best ! Rob
I’m glad you made a decision for you and your family. Life is too short! You will be missed!
Brent Adamson says
I know I speak for thousands of Central Floridians who have come to rely on you for our weather and bright shiny face in the early morning hours. Have a great time in the next chapter of your life. I’m sure you’ll be fine and your family will really appreciate your sacrifice from the news world to the family world and Beyond!
Lake Mary FL
Thank you, Brent!
Amy your the best !!! Wish you the best …Enjoy family time it’s gone in a blink of an eye ….
Ramona Gray says
Best wishes for nothing but happiness! You deserve to enjoy your family and your home life. Rest assured you will be sorely missed. I have been watching you since Day 1 and I have always enjoyed your forecasts – even when the weather wasn’t exactly what I wanted. Thanks Amy! You are a class act and Central Florida is lucky to have had you this long!
So nice. Thank you!
Harvey Memberg says
Thank you. Your gain is our loss. People like you are NOT replaceable. It’s like losing a friend. Good luck with your new life and throw that damn alarm clock in the trash bin!
This is very nice. Thank you!
Marla Curtis says
I have loved watching you in the mornings while getting ready for work since I moved here in 2014. You have always been a welcoming face and voice as I struggled to get my footing here. Thank your for your many years of service, though it is hard to believe you have a child getting ready for college. Good luck to you in your future endeavors and I will be looking out for you on social media…Blessing to you and your family.
Thank you, Marla!
Jack Roskind says
You will certainly be missed by everyone in my family. WESH is the only news cast we watch as we get ready for work and school.
Amy, I have always enjoyed seeing you on my tv and felt your professionalism was outstanding. You certainly will be missed, but family always comes first. I had no idea you had to wake at 2 am ….yes, trash that alarm clock. I wish you the very best in the future.
Thanks! Yes, when the news starts at 4:30, I have to be up and at ’em early! But not anymore 🙂
Alexa A Johnson says
Amy you have been a delight and a trusted source for weather. Best wishes for you and your family. Job well done!
Sue Moyer says
Totally awesome. You are doing the right thing. You can’t get these years back. They will zoom by so fast. Best wishes. Enjoy every minute with your family.
Bridie Rist says
I totally get it…I know you will enjoy having more time with your family. I’d love to have you come chat with my high school statistics students sometime. Best of luck!
Send me an email! I’d love to visit.
Daniel Pennington says
In 1900 a hurricane came ashore at Galveston Island in Texas. It was labor day and the island was filled with thousands of people enjoying the beautiful weather. They had no way of knowing the hurricane was bearing down on them. Estimates are that somewhere between 6,000 and 12,000 people died that day.
This never happens now. Weather forecasts, while far from perfect, save people’s lives all the time. Your coverage, your early warnings, your persistence, saves lives. It’s not always fun or easy to be a meteorologist but thanks to you and people who do what you do we are all safer. The long nights, the early mornings, the wall-to-wall coverage prevents tragedy. As you move into this next chapter of your life I hope you realize what you’ve been doing is heroic. Thank you for keeping Florida safer. You’ve made a difference.
Thank you so much. This means a lot!
Lori Petro Hunter says
Amy, I watch you every morning and I was just thinking the other day how long you have been providing us with great weather reports and with a sweet smile. Through hurricanes and baby bumps 🤰🏼 you have been a joy. Please enjoy your children while you can. Thank you! Get some sleep girl! 😴
Gerry Huerta says
Although I do not consider myself a conspiracy theorist, I find it hard to believe on your last day that none of the meteorologist were there to say goodbye. I am of the opinion you were the backbone of the group! Nobody leaves after 18 years when you can do 2 more and reach your 20th anniversary. SORRY! some thing else is going on!
Best of luck to you and your family and I wish you all the best!
Absolutely family first. Congratulations on the change.
Keith FULLER says
You will be missed by many including myself. Enjoy the time with your children and hope your next chapter in life is as bright as your last.
Thanks so much! I’m excited 🙂
How amazing! You deserve to fully enjoy every special family moment in your future. Congratulations on your continuing path to full happiness.
Louis Jr Minnis says
Amy, for all of those years My now deceased wife and I loved to see your face in the morning for the weather. We weathered the storms together and your children were born. Watching your career has been a positive journey for my family. My wife passed from her chronic illness (MS) two years ago and you were one of the final things we consistently did together even in the assisted living facility. I still watch you as I’m up at 5 am every morning still. As all good things… they come to and end. You’ve heard that there are two things you can’t avoid in life: death and taxes well there is a third, Change ! I wish you the very best in your new journey and your family all the best. Thank you for your service with your beautiful smile. (We use to message you the Happy Birthday song on your birthday) 🙂
Thank you. Your message means so much!
Marge Hayman says
Best of luck as you navigate life’s changes! I will miss you. Even on the gloomiest of days, you are a ray of sunshine. There’s no doubt that whatever you choose to do, you will be successful. Setting priorities is very important and there’s nothing more important than family. May God bless you and yours always!
But… who is going to tell me it’s going to be breezy? It’s not the same if it’s not coming from Sweezey. 😔
Nancy Cronk says
I am so happy for you! Life is too short. My son worked with you at WESH and he spoke highly of you. I left my nursing career of 37 years-for the same reasons. It was a little scary but I believe you can’t change the past but you can enjoy the future! You go girl you deserve it!
Awww thank you! Say hi to “Kronk” (as we always called him).
Amy, please know how much you are loved and appreciated.
WESH was all the better with you being there. You will be missed!
You will be blessed beyond your dreams for following your heart and putting your family first. Godspeed!
Love and prayers!!!
Thank you Amy for your dedication to all of us viewers. A very wonderful professional lady who will be missed by many thinking back on the hurricane you broadcasted and we’re expecting any time you certainly were brave . Please take care
Thanks so much!
Amy, my family and I are so going to miss you in the mornings. Best wishes to you in your new life! Sincerely, Jewel Elosge
Noel Sederstrom says
Best of luck to you and your family as you move away from broadcast television. You’re such a class act, I consider myself lucky to be able to work with you in west Michigan “way back” when you were starting your terrific career!!
Jonathan Jankowski says
This is very bittersweet! You are my daughter’s favorite. Since she could walk and would look up at the tv when you came on. When she heard your voice from another room
She’d come running in. When she learned to talk she’d yell “Amy Squeezey.” Now at age 7 she asks if we can watch “Amy Squeezey” as we eat breakfast before school (she sometimes still runs to the tv). She cried hearing you won’t be there to start her day. But we remind her change is good and life moves forward for her and you; Family comes first. She is excited you will get to be with your kids, making them breakfast as they watch the news to start their day. We wish you much success and happiness, making great memories with family. Thank you for being part of my daughter’s 7 trips around the sun, you’ve been an inspiration.
John L Watson says
Best of Luck as you begin your next chapter!
You are a true pro and will certainly be missed every morning.
With sincere appreciation and regards, John
Thank you Amy for all those years, but most of all thank you for opening my eyes to change.
Christopher Suero says
I don’t think WESH will be the last we hear from you… But whatever you do and wherever you land, my wife and I wish you the very best, and thank you for the last 5 years (We’ve only lived in NCF a short while) of great morning weather… I even remarked once that you could make the worst coffee palatable… LOTSA LOVE LADY!!!!
(And soo… the bikini calendar things a “No”, huh?)
Kathy Fagen Jones says
Amy, I am a 5th generation Ormond Beach person and have watched you from the beginning. I have always preferred your weather casts and you have especially been the go to person for hurricane updates. I understand the desire for a more normal time schedule but you will be greatly missed!!!
It is understandable the early early mornings is not an easy schedule , but the time that you will spend with your children is priceless. Have a great time with your family and enjoy every second of it.
Brenda J. says
Amy you will be truly missed!!! I’ve been watching WESH since I moved here in 2000 from St. Augustine. I feel like I know you, been with you through your pregnancies, and would always see if your hair has gotten longer or not….lol. I truly hope the best for you and your family in this new chapter in your life. Smash the alarm clock!!! Thank you for being there for us all these years but now it’s time to be there for your family. God bless you and your family.
Marian Coakley says
Amy, what can I say. You are such a beautiful lady. Always love seeing you for the weather report. I go along ALL that has already been said before. Best of luck to you.
Enjoy your family to the fullest. Life is too short. Marian C.
Pauly M Rodriguez says
Change is good…Godspeed! You’re an amazing professional woman admired by many great things will come your way. I always admired your professionalism and your weather reports….no non sense …facts. Thank you for a great job …..be blessed my friend!
Amy, I watched Wesh 2 for 14 years after moving here from New Jersey, you were always my fave, i love your personality & your style. Good luck, enjoy your next chapter. PS I am your size, what are you doing with all your clothes??!
Jeffrey L Gery says
Amy, I have never done this before but, I will really miss you. You have been a staple in my life for so many years. I also work odd hours and can understand completely. God bless you. Thanks for all you have done.
Lynn Gaddis says
You will be missed, Amy. But, as a mom who was a corporate professional, I understand the “pull”. So wonderful you have the option to share quality time now with your family! The best wishes flowing your way.
I always started my day with a cup of coffee and your weather forecast, Amy. The coffee won’t taste as good now. I will miss your smiling face. Good luck in your next chapter of life. I wish you nothing but happiness. Enjoy the family, you’re the best!
Caroline Willits says
AMYYYYYYYY!!!!!! we love you!!!!!!! My boyfriend and I always make compliments about you every morning! You started working there when I graduated high school and I had went to a boarding school, so I didn’t really watch tv, so when I graduated I started watching wesh and it was my first time watching news. So I grew up with you!!!!!! I have always told people that you seem like you are such a nice, sweet person and your choice to leave to be with your family proves that and also that you’re an amazing mom! I wish you the VERY BEST and I wish your family the best! So much love to you Amy! We will definitely miss you so much!!!!!!!!! 😊😥😊😥😊😥❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤
This 78 year old, retired lady, will miss you terribly! I’m an early riser and I always started my day with you I will miss your professionalism and your style ….loved you, Amy. Enjoy your family and good luck in your new endeavours, whatever they may be!
Amy I totally understand you desire to make lasting memories with your family especially now that your oldest is preparing for college.
Of course I along with so many people will miss you. You have served us well. My husband and I only moved here 7.5 years ago but you quickly became a part of our routine.
May God’s peace and blessings surround you and your family as your new journey begins.
Richard Harmon says
You will be missed. I have watch you since you join WESH in 2002
Debra Hartley Johnson Fuqua says
Uou will be sadly missed. Write a good book! (I’m a screenwriter working on a movie about a Korean War hero) Have a great new career!
Laurie G. says
Thank you for your hard work and sensible and honest handling of sometimes very difficult weather situations. You will certainly be missed however life does come with change. We’re wishing you a jolly good rest and looking forward to the new challenges you will tackle.
Amber Stevenson says
We love you Amy! We shed a tear watching your last weather report today. You’re an inspiration and will be missed. Best wishes in all your future endeavors! ❤️
Pamela White says
Amy, I will miss starting my day with you so much!! I am a science teacher – 35 years, middle and high school. You were such a hero and role model for our young women. I talked about you in my class and my students thought you were awesome. It’s time for you to catch up on some Zzzzz’s!!! Spend time with your family and enjoy watching the news in your pj’s!! I finally retired and you are going to live your new life!! You WILL be missed. Best to you always and thanks for the years of service to your community.
Debra Wheeler says
You totally will be missed wishing you well and God bless you family is so important and so is your health physically and mentally.
Prayers for you for this next chapter in your life.
Charles Fedunak says
You have earned by giving so much and will be missed. Thank you for everything. Your love for family and your strong faith did and will continue to make a difference. You will be missed but never forgotten. Thant you for your contribution and for making a difference in so many lives. God Bless You,
Lee Schwartz says
I echo all of the great thoughts here. We will miss seeing you every day. We had the pleasure of hosting you for two book presentations at the Belleview Public Library and the community came out in droves. You were such a professional to give your time and expertise. The last time you presented “Let’s Talk Weather”, I remember how you stayed until all questions were answered and all photos were taken. One particularly shy child, won a book and waited patiently for you to autograph it. Another child asked a great question about super cells. In both those cases, the children and their families commented later how much those moments meant to their children. You displayed patience and grace in all your interactions. You are a role model to many kids, especially when they consider careers in science. You are an inspiration. Thank you for those visits and for writing those books. Best wishes.
Thank you, Lee! Visiting the Belleview Public Library was one of my favorite experiences (twice!). I’m happy to return for a reading/book signing any time!
Amy, I too miss you. Regardless I truly understand your decision. My oldest went off to college in 1987 at the age of 16. I took every holiday off to have family time and memories. The first and last were hardest for me but I survived and so will you. Blessings to you and your family. Love and enjoy each other.