“It turned into more of a Midwest/High Plains saloon crawl, but I want to go back again to finally see a tornado,” Hanrahan said.
Ryan Hanrahan’s earliest memories were weather-related, and the 30-year-old West Hartford resident said that becoming a meteorologist was always his career goal.
Hanrahan has been a meteorologist at NBC Connecticut since December 2005, and during the past 9-plus years has gotten to predict and observe some wild and crazy weather – but he’s never seen a tornado. I was in Cape Cod, and there was a tornado in Hamden in 1989,” said Hanrahan, who grew up in Guilford.
West Hartford Center has been the community's main hub since the late 17th century.
In 2008, Blue Back Square opened as a new addition to the central area.
He wasn’t focused on becoming a television meteorologist, it was all about weather, he said.
After getting an undergrad degree in just three years, Hanrahan went to SUNY Albany (now called the University at Albany) for graduate school and got a job working at the NBC affiliate in Albany. He enjoys the proximity to Pepe’s, Beachland Tavern, and Tapas, and said that Sliders is great for watching games.
“Two years ago I went storm-chasing for vacation,” he said.
He traveled to the tornado belt of the Midwest, but “unfortunately” the skies were quiet.
Among the southernmost of the communities encompassed within the Hartford-Springfield Knowledge Corridor metropolitan region, West Hartford is home to University of Hartford and the University of Saint Joseph.
In 2010, Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine listed West Hartford as one of the nation's "10 Great Cities for Raising Families." In 2010, the national online magazine cited West Hartford as one of 10 "coolest" suburbs in the nation.