The following is an official family statement:

"From the bottom of our hearts, we want to thank all of Tom’s fans, coworkers, friends, and family. We know he was just as special to all of you as he was to our family.

We are deeply saddened by the tragedy of Tom’s death but having the overwhelming support from all of you, and hearing all the stories of how he inspired and touched each of your lives, is certainly helping us cope during this difficult time.

We think its mostly important for you all to know that the person you saw on TV was the same person we were so lucky to know in our daily lives. He lit up the room the same way he lit up your forecast. Tom had an undeniable charisma and so much enthusiasm that extended beyond the weather.

He was a people person and everyone loved being around him because his energy and carefree spirit was contagious. He lived life to the fullest and jumped at any opportunity to spend time with family and loved ones. It wasn’t uncommon for him to surprise us at family gatherings, and most often he would, making the event more memorable.

Those memories that we have and those moments you’ve shared with him on your TV will continue to “Thunder” and shine in our hearts."

Thomas Johnston's family visitation will begin at Fortin Group Funeral Home on Wednesday, April 12th, from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. (with words of remembrance at 7 p.m.)

Johnston's funeral will proceed at Smith Funeral Home, at 47 Main St, Mantua, New Jersey, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. (with words of remembrance at 2 p.m.) on Friday, April 14th.

Johnston's burial will commence directly afterward at Ellington Cemetery, at 320 King's Hwy. Clarksburg, NJ

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to Tom's family. TD Bank C/O Deneen Morrotta 600 Center St. Auburn, ME.

These gatherings are intended for family and friends of Tom's only.