“Saddened by the loss of my friend and colleague @WxNick.” fellow meteorologist Mark Elliot tweeted on Monday. “Our wx facts will never be as full. You will be truly missed.”
Wiltgen worked at The Weather Channel for 15 years and was helping cover snowstorm in Atlanta news when he died, the New York Daily News reports. The president of product and technology at the Weather Company, Cameron Clayton, reportedly announced the news in an email to staff.
Saddened by the loss of my friend and colleague @WxNick. Our wx facts will never be as full. You will be truly missed.
— Mark Elliot (@twcMarkElliot) January 25, 2016
“He loved his job and made us better,” the email said. “At The Weather Channel, there are a lot of people who love weather, and Nick was certainly one of those, but Nick really loved this job because he cared about people. No one took the mission of keeping people safe from big storms more to heart than Nick.”
While gathering news on the recent snowstorm that hit the east coast, Wiltgen slammed his car into a parking garage, the NYDN reports, adding that investigators believe the car was “travelling at a high rate of speed before it hit the wall.”
Clayton’s statement continued, commending Wiltgen’s work ethic.
“At all hours of the night and day, he would track weather in as many as eight languages,” the message said. “He would work around the clock to make sure we had the latest and most accurate updates to every event. And he would fight tooth and nail to make sure we did everything we could to explain the dangers of bad weather to our viewers.”