John Coleman, R.I.P.

John Coleman, founder of the Weather Channel, former Good Morning America meteorologist and recipient of Broadcast Meteorologist of the Year from the American Meteorological Society passed away Saturday at the age of 83.  His death was sudden and unexpected, perhaps related to COPD that he was fighting. I first met John in 1976 at the first weather conference of broadcast meteorologists I attended.  It was in Toronto.  I was so excited to get there that I drove thru the night after the 11 pm news, passing through Detroit around 2 am.  I was the first one to show up in…