THE cn|2 WEATHER TEAM
Ever since I was young I had an insider’s perspective on weather from my two parents who are both on-air meteorologists. Seeing their personal passion and love for weather inspired me to follow down the same footpath. I went on to study meteorology at Penn State University where my desire to better understand the weather grew. My ultimate weather goal is to share my passion for meteorology with children and hopefully inspire a young boy or girl to go on to pursue a career in science.
He earned his meteorology degree from St. Cloud State University and moved to Duluth, MN to cover lake effect snow storms along the shores of coldest and deepest of the Great Lakes, Lake Superior. Soon after, he became Chief Meteorologist at a start-up station in Duluth, KQDS Fox 21 News. Here he successfully created and launched the weather brand for the station that was Emmy nominated for best newscast in the Upper Midwest for 2007 and 2008. During his time in Duluth, he could have been heard giving weather reports to various local radio stations, seen in the local newspaper with his daily weather column and surfed on the web with his daily weather blog. Todd's passion for the weather is clearly displayed during his on-air reports. He is a valuable asset to cnǀ2 and has been a wonderful addition to our team of Meteorologists.
Planting wheat, baling hay, and having a father who was a college Chemistry Professsor for 30 years, were a major influence on Rob eventually choosing meteorology as a career. Question after question Rob used to ask his parents about the skies and the difference in the weather patterns. While he initially started off college at Bismarck State College with aspirations of becoming a stock broker, Rob revisited his interest in meteorology when he took an elective college course called, Meteorology and Astronomy. After receiving an Associate of Science degree at Bismarck State College, he moved on to the University of Kansas where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Atmospheric Science. During his time at KU, he directed the storm chasing team, encountered tornadoes in Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa and Oklahoma and meet his television weather mentor, Bryan Busby, Chief Meteorologist at KMBC in Kansas City.
Firstly, thanks for stopping by and learning more about me! I consider myself a lucky girl—I get to do what I love for a living. Weather is intriguing and ever-changing. I walk into work and it's a different animal every day. I grew up a timid, science-loving girl. When it came time to pick my major for college, it was between Geology and Meteorology. I chose the latter and here I am.
I landed my first gig as a broadcast meteorologist in Davenport, Iowa after graduating from the University of Miami. After spending my teenage & college years in Florida, it was a huge change for me. I had never been to the Midwest and, growing up in Costa Rica, I had never experienced snow. I remember the first time I felt snowflakes falling on my face late one night. It was truly a memorable, special moment for me.
I spent three years working as a bilingual meteorologist at Independent News Network in Iowa. This job gave me the opportunity to broadcast for a variety of national and local newscasts. Some of the markets I covered included Detroit, MI, Montgomery, AL, Las Vegas, NV, Atlanta, GA, and many more.
Gretchen Mishek announced early in life that she intended to be a meteorologist. She graduated from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fl where she majored in Meteorology and minored in Mathematics and Physics. During her junior year of college she was enrolled at the renowned University of Edinburgh in Scotland where she studied Physics as well as Meteorology. Her experience included work to improve severe storms forecasting at the Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratories in the Hurricane Research Division under its current director, Dr. Frank Marks. Her research contributed to a published paper examining rainfall amounts in tropical cyclones.
Do you remember where you were during the Super Outbreak of Tornadoes on April 3-4, 1974? Bryan Karrick’s family sure does, as they had just welcomed a new baby boy into the world during the beginning of one of our nation’s worst severe weather events. This may explain his fascination with weather! Bryan is excited to join the cnǀ2 team after nearly 12 years at KCCI-TV in Des Moines, Iowa. Working in one of the most weather-intensive markets in the world gave him a chance to use some the best weather technology in the business. He was also able to gain field experience on frequent storm chases, and helped cover hurricanes for KCCI’s sister stations in Orlando and New Orleans. Bryan is also the proud dad of a black lab named Chase. Chase is a well-known “celebrity” in central Iowa, where he was a part of KCCI’s Weather Lab Wednesday segments. His AKC name, The Captain's Kennels Stormy Sky Chaser, reflects Bryan’s love of the weather.
Aaron Shaffer first declared he was going to be a meteorologist at about the age of five years old. All through elementary school, middles school, high school, and then college, Aaron would talk about his future as a meteorologist. While in college Aaron had the chance to take an accelerated approach to his meteorology degree - which paid off with a job at a private forecasting company prior to graduation.
After working as a private forecaster, Aaron moved to Wyoming for his first on-air job as morning meteorologist for the NBC affiliate in Casper, Wyoming. From there Aaron went on to become the chief meteorologist at the NBC affiliate in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. It was after this that Aaron got to fulfill one of his long-time dreams as a meteorologist: being a storm chaser and on-air meteorologist for the Fox & CBS affiliates in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. During his time in Iowa, Aaron went on over 30 storm chases, and saw about 15 to 20 tornadoes. None of them more impressive than a mile-wide wedge tornado in southern Minnesota in June of 2010.
While he has loved his past jobs - the opportunity to come to cnǀ2 was one Aaron just couldn't pass up. Don't worry, though, because he says he still plans to chase storms on the side!
My whole life I've told friends and family that I wanted to be a meteorologist, but I was afraid of Math. I struggled in the subject, but tried my hardest and did pretty well in Science. It helped that I was a huge nerd about Meteorology, Geography, and Geology. Anytime I was told "No" or "You Can't" I tried harder, and never gave up. My passion lies not just in telling folks and friends a story about how the weather is going to affect them today...tomorrow..etc, but I love to work with young people and help them realize to never give up on your dreams. It is truly a blessing to be able to teach kids something that I love and see them become inspired.
Addison was born and raised in the NYC metro area, in the borough of Queens. It was 1985 when he got his first tastes of extreme weather when Hurricane Gloria came up the eastern seaboard and went over Long Island. "I remember the trees swaying so furiously and rain coming down as if the house was in a car wash. I thought at one point the roof of our home was going to go flying away or the basement would be flooded. It was a terrifying time, but I couldn't get away from the windows, and had to see what Mother Nature was doing out there." He knew that weather was always something he'd be fascinated about since that day.
After college, Addison went on to land his first weather job at the FOX affiliate in NYC as the morning weather producer. "It was such a great feeling to have so many people tune in to our forecasts and to know they really paid attention on a daily basis of what we had to say. And to work side by side with some of the people I grew up watching was a dream come true." Several years later, he went on to work at the network level, becoming the weather producer and meteorologist for CBS News. During his time there, he had the privilege with working with meteorologists and reporters from coast to coast, covering weather stories and there was no greater story than the entire year of 2011 where it looked like Mother Nature had kicked things into overdrive. It wasn't until May 2011, when Addison got to experience his first storm chasing trip which started off with his group forecasting the tornado that hit Joplin, MO.
Mace became fascinated with weather at the young age of four. All four seasons are well represented in Minnesota (often to the extreme) and the curiosity to understand the changes drove him to an interest in Meteorology. Drawing on copied, worn out maps from his parents and Grandmother, Mace would watch the daily weather forecasts and present his own reports to anyone who would listen. An intrigue in broadcasting started when his Grandfather gave him a small transistor radio. The two interests peaked together when his Grandmother coordinated a tour of a National Weather Service office and a TV station weather center at the age of 10.
Mace's 25 years in broadcasting has taken him across the Midwest and in the South. During high school and while attending the University of North Dakota, Mace worked at a number of radio stations which helped pay the tuition bills and get him ready for a career in television. His first TV Meteorology job was in Wausau, WI, followed by stops in Grand Rapids, MI, Fort Myers, FL, Tampa, FL, and Cedar Rapids, IA. He has been awarded the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist seal from the American Meteorology Society.
Like many meteorologists, I too had a memorable weather event shape my life at an early age. When I was 8 years old, an EF-3 tornado struck the town 5 miles north of my house. I watched it happen as I got off the school bus. I went inside and watched the local weather team show colorful radar maps and have been hooked ever since. My parents were always keeping an eye on the weather for our family farm, so I gained some basic weather knowledge at home before professionally pursuing meteorology.
I have a degree in Atmospheric Science from the University of North Dakota where I anchored and produced UND’s Weather Update daily. I was also part of UND’s television program, Studio One, where I served as the Board of Directors.
It’s exciting being able to focus on the country as a whole and discuss all kinds of weather phenomena. I feel incredibly lucky that I get to do what I love with people I enjoy working with.
Aside from weather, music is also my passion. I was a percussionist for 12 years and was part of numerous musical groups at UND. I was a Drum Major for the Pride of the North Marching Band and was part of the University Concern Band and Steel Pan Band (yes, calypso music!).
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