Mike Fairbourne joined WCCO-TV as a meteorologist in 1977 and he is retiring June 30 after three decades of keeping the Midwest informed about our ever-changing weather. Leave a comment below to wish him well as he leaves WCCO-TV.

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Comments (173)
  1. El Gato says:

    GTRCMBSHP wishes you an enjoyable retirement!

  2. Ellen M says:

    Thank you, Mike, for your fine reporting of the weather on WCCO. Congratulations on your retirement…many will miss you!

  3. Ian Anthony Dale says:

    It was a pleasure battling those Lunesta Butterflies of Death with you, and also singing “Captain Kelly’s Kitchen” together. Here’s to many more trips together aboard the Little Voldemort Cave Boat.

  4. Amy says:

    I grew up watching you on ‘CCO. My parents, and now my family still watch ‘CCO. We love watching you – simple, concise and straight to the point. Best wishes on your retirement!

  5. Brent Solei says:

    Love your style Mike. Always watched you when I was growing up, and now I’m thrilled to be able to chill with you.

  6. Max Power says:

    Best of luck as you enter a new chapter of your life, you will be missed for sure. You pretty much have been on since I can remember…or started paying attention.
    Bud Kraeling, Dave Moore, Pat Miles, Bill Carlson & of course Don Shelby…
    Along with these, you & your name undoubtedly are Twin City iconic legends that helped make this a great place to live & grow up.
    Take care, relax & enjoy !


  7. Krissy Pederson says:

    I wanted to be a meteorologist when I was in third grade…1980-81. My mother called down to WCCO to see if I could come in and see the weather studio, and whoever she talked to set up an appointment. I met Mike Fairbourne that day and he has always remained one of my favorite persons on TV. He gave us a full tour and was SO nice. He gave me some satellite photos of a hurricane (which I still have 30 years later!) and one of the WCCO calender books. I went back down a few days later to give him a statuette of an owl, next to a weather map.

    I wish you a happy retirement Mike! Thanks for making such an impression on a little girl, way back then. Although I never did become a meteorologist, I have remained a ‘weather nerd’ all these years later.


  8. Richard LePage says:

    good luck Mike…don’t be a ‘stranger’…

  9. Ariel Winter says:

    Congratulations Mike! Best wishes! See you at the party!

  10. Bea Emanuel says:

    Mike, I am sad that you are leaving. I always enjoyed the way you gave the weather forecasts, and I will miss you. WCCO has ALWAYS been our favorite news station to watch, and you helped make it so. Happy Retirement!

  11. Theodore Nugent III says:


    This damn clicker!

    thanks for the memories.

  12. Tim says:

    You were the first meterologist at WCCO TV. You brought technology to a station that never had any in regards to weather equiptment. Many have come and gone at the station but, you have lasted the test of time. I always found you to be what WCCO needed at a time when they had nothing solid in the weather war of the late 1970’s and 1980’s. I have admired you and have fond memories of your level headed approach when severe weather moved into the state and the metro area. Thanks for being a true professional on and off the air!! You deserve some time enjoying the weather and not reporting it.

  13. Alice Kane says:

    Hi Mike, Enjoy your retirement, I have been watching wcco for a long time and I still watch wcco as of today. good luck from Alice Kane

  14. Mike Morrissey says:

    Congradulations Mike on your retirement.
    You are the very best and it just won’t be the same watching the weather without you.
    Enjoy your retirement and rember every day is a holiday.
    Thank you for all you have done.

  15. Sam Young says:

    Thank you Mr. Fairbourne for your years of dedicated service to our station.

  16. Tom from Woodbury says:

    Your going to enjoy being retired…………….believe me

  17. Erin from New Richmond, WI says:

    Thank you for not forgetting us Western Wisconsin folks. Good luck and enjoy your retirement.

  18. Mike Merker says:

    I had the great pleasure of meeting you sir. you are a true gentlemen. I wish you the best in health and the best in retirement! I hope you get every chance to enjoy it.
    Most of all thank you sir!

  19. LU from Alexandria says:

    Enjoy retirement Mike, you certainly deserve it. Have been watching you for many years. You are one of my favorite meteorologists. Enjoy !!!!

  20. Brian says:

    Happy Trails, Mike! After more than 30 years, a very well-deserved retirement after a job well-done. I’ve been watching you for many years. Nothing against your colleagues, but you will be missed!

  21. SmartLady says:

    OMG. I was unaware that you were retiring until just now. I have a lump in my throat and am fighting tears. You’ve ALWAYS been there, Mike. I remember when you had brain surgery … I prayed for your complete recovery and was so happy that all went well and you returned. I cannot imagine ‘CCO without you. You will be TERRIBLY missed. Your easy-going and confident persona will never be equaled. I’ve been with you all the years, so it willl feel like an old friend is moving away. God bless you, my friend. May retirement be everything you hope it to be.

  22. Laurie Matson says:

    Hey Mike, I grew up watching you as my parents watched would watch nothing but WCCO. Now I’m 53 and still watching you, but it seems your too young to retire !!! You still look great and do a great forcast . I am really going to miss you and wish you and your family well in the future. Who’s going to fill your shoes? See ya buddy !!!!

  23. Shawn says:

    We will miss you!!! Bummer another icon leaving…… 😦 Hope you will pop on air to keep us posted on how you are doing!! Take care and enjoy your retirement!!!

  24. CC says:

    Wow – you are the best weatherman we had in the twin cities! Hope you have a great retirement!

  25. Joan says:

    Congratulations on your retirement! The ‘CCO viewing area will miss your steady, reassuring presence in the weather dept., especially during severe outbreaks. Hopefully now you can get out and ENJOY some of the sunny days! Best wishes.

  26. John says:

    Mike, enjoy your retirement. You will be missed.

  27. Sue says:

    Mike, You have always been one of my FAVORITES!! And, I go WAY back!
    God bless you and you move into a new phase in your life and embark on a new journey. All the best to you and your family.

  28. Bob Rystrom says:

    Mike, like the processors before you, you have always been like a “Good Neighbor” and you almost feel like a member of the family.
    I wish you well in your retirement and I am confident that you will live a full and blessed life.
    Kudos for a job well done and I will miss seeing you and listening to you during the 10PM news.
    Sincerely, Bob Rystrom, Prescott, WI

  29. Jeannine says:

    Congratulations Mike. I will miss your level headed reporting of the storms! And the “to the point” forecasts.
    I enjoyed working with you guys on the Children’s Surgery International. Your dedication to assisting so many children is amazing.
    Now you can ENJOY the weather. My kayaks are ready when you are! I did not forget your interest it giving them a try! Best wishes in your well deserved days of retirement.

  30. Terrie says:

    Mike, I moved back to Minnesota after 10 years in Michigan in 1978. WCCO has been my favorite news in all that time and you have been my favorite weather guy. I will really miss you. It seemed you gave more data than some of the other guys. I especially liked your giving your rain gauge data from Plymouth where I now live. May you have a wonderful retirement.

  31. Steve says:

    Mike, You’re the Best. Good Luck

  32. Duane Oien says:

    Mike it has been a pleasure watching you on cco all these years and it will not be the same with out you, but in the same respect i hope you enjoy your retirement you deserve it with all you years of service to cco. god bless and take care

  33. Marie says:

    Mike – certainly going to miss you a lot. Grew up watching channel 4 news and weather and it’s still my resource channel now. While I wish you best on your retirement, channel 4 will experience the loss of the best, most level headed meteorologists in the twin cities. Thank you for not being a doomsday, global warming fanatical nut case. You are the best. Hope to see you around now and then. Take care.

  34. Debbie says:

    Mike, wishing you all the best in your retirement! I will miss your calm, friendly style of delivering weather information. It was fun to look at the retrospective of your career. When you were ill many years ago, I sent you a get well card. I will always remember how you took the time to send a lovely thank you note. Of course, that was a perfect example of your decency and kindness! Take care, always!

  35. G Winter says:

    Mr. Fairbourne, Thank you for all you do, have done, and have meant to many people! I had a student I was tutoring and you, your wife, and your son helped her with her child through Operation Smile. I will miss your weather broadcasts. But I wish you the best on your new walk:RETIREMENT. Have at it!

  36. Gloria says:


    Best wishes to a great weatherman and person. WCCO is my favorite, local news broadcast, and you helped make it so.

    Take care, God bless, and hope to see you on ‘CCO from time to time to say “Hello”.

  37. Diane says:

    I have always enjoyed watching you. You seem like such a genuinely nice, caring person. Your weather delivery is straight and to the point.
    You will be missed. I wish you a happy and health-filled retirement!

  38. Jessica says:

    You’re the best in the business, Mike, and we will miss you!

  39. Michele says:

    Best wishes on your retirement!

  40. Henry says:

    You ARE going to be missed. You are a great person! Your delivery of the Weather is always enjoyable and as accurate as anyone. If you have the chance, I’d love to see you do special reports.

  41. Sally says:

    Mike has a no nonsense comfortable way to present the weather and have always liked him. I wish him well. He has proven that once handsome always handsome. He will be missed.

  42. Bob from Mankato says:

    Mike, happy retirement. All of us in southern Minnesota are going to miss you. Enjoy!!!!

  43. mary says:

    Best wishes Mike you will be missed, but I’m very happy for you. Enjoy your retirement.

  44. Kevin Hoffman says:


    You have always been a class act and a true professional. Please know that you made many contributions to the community during your career and for that many people are better off. You will be missed but never forgotten.

  45. PJ says:

    God bless you as you retire! Thank you for your weather forecasts. You always had a peaceful way about you. In a busy harried world it was nice to see.

  46. BG says:

    Always a fan of your calm and gentle delivery. We will certianly miss you. We have been watching you since the very beginning. Good fortune will surely follow you and your family.

  47. William Ingold says:

    The weather will never be the same WITHOUT YOU!
    70plus Bill

  48. MAJ says:

    Enjoy your retirement. Job well done.

  49. The McColleys Onamia Mn says:

    We are going to miss you Mike we wait for the weekend news just so we can get a understandable weather forecast[ and you seldom miss it] thanks a million and Happy retirement.

  50. SFR says:

    When it comes to weathermen you set the standard.

  51. Linda Pirri says:

    Congratulations on your retirement! It has been a pleasure watching you through the years on WCCO and you will be missed.


  52. JMD says:

    Mike you are the best. I’ve been a “CCO nered” since I had my first ‘transister radio’. You were calm and conscise, never hyping the weather. Your daily forecasts I could actually remember because you didn’t clutter it up with a forecast for 2 or more days out.
    Have a grand retirement enjoying family and friends. But be sure to come back once in while to say Hi and to update us on your activities.
    I will miss you..

  53. Lorraine says:

    He will most certainly be missed…so soft-spoken and kind…no replacement will messure up!

  54. Jeff A. says:

    A true professional. Thank you for your many years of service Mike. Enjoy your retirement. You most certainly deserve it.

  55. wtesidewls68@aol.com says:

    We enjoyed watching you on WCCO! Enjoy your retirement!

  56. Tom says:

    As a college student back in the ’80s, I called WCCO one day to get a weather forecast for a camping trip (this was pre-internet,you know). Much to my surprise- instead of a recorded message or an intern, I found myself talking directly to Mike Fairbourne!
    He was gracious, enthusiastic, and very helpful- even though I’m sure he had a lot of other things to do that would affect a lot more people.

    Thanks Mike! 20+ years later I still remember that phone call, and I appreciate the personal service!

  57. Roland Sigurdson says:

    Congratulations Mike. I have always appreciated your delivery style of the weather, especially during severe weather situations.
    Your vision and guidance on the Jeffers Foundation board has been a really bonus for them as well.

  58. Frank Morganti III says:

    Dear Mr. Fairbourne:

    Thank you for all your years of hard work at WCCO. When I clicked on the old video segment I actually started to tear up, maybe it’s just the shock of how fast things have change in the world of electronics and news broadcasting, or maybe it’s the good memories I have of watching the evening news with my grandmother.

    Much like the way you broadcasted the weather, your style of clothing was always easy and elegant.

    Best wishes for a happy retirement.

    Best Regards,

    Frank Morganti III

  59. GDB in Minneapolis says:

    I have enjoyed your delivery of the weather forecast since you started at WCCO and it has been one of the big reasons I continue to be drawn to WCCO. Thanks and best wishes.

  60. Brian Geraghty says:

    Dear Mike, I remember you coming to my second grade class in the mid 1980’s. You are the best – God Bless you and your family.

  61. Debbie Poxleitner says:

    Congratulations and best wishes on your retirement from WCCO! You will be greatly missed. Loved your genuine style of weather reporting…it won’t be the same without you. Thanks for all the good weather….will blame the bad weather on someone else!

  62. Gail says:

    Dear Mike. About 15 years ago, my son’s (now adults) took a cub scout trip to your station to watch you film the 10 :00 news. I was so impressed by you and how you took the off air time to talk to the boys and explain things, you were genuinlly interested in them. I have been a fan of yours ever since. You have a big heart and are a great man.

  63. Edina Citizen says:

    You are a big part of WCCO! Thanks and you were great Mike.

  64. Jennifer W. says:

    I grew up listening to WCCO as I got ready for school. To think of how many school closing you gave us. Thanks for all your years of great reporting – even though you were only right half the time – just kidding. You will be missed. I hope you have many years to enjoy retirement.

  65. RJM says:

    Mike, you have always been the most consistent weather person in the Twin Cities and I wish you the very best after a 30+-year career. Your forecasts were straight forward without gimmics, jokes or an attempt to try and be funny (unlike so many I have seen come and go over the years). Take care and enjoy your retirement as it is well deserved.

  66. Robert Sunderlin says:

    Thanks for a great job, Mike, I’ve enjoyed watching you, over the years!! Here’s wishing you a happy and fulfilling retirement!

  67. Gretchen says:

    Mike all the best in retirement many sunny days for sure

    Gretchen St. peter

  68. Sandie says:

    I have been a fan of WCCO on and off since 1975. I wish you well in your retirement. I enjoyed your weather broadcasting.

  69. Jill B says:

    I wish you the best of luck with your retirement. I always appreciated your professionalism and the way you explained the weather so that it was easy to understand.


  70. Diane K says:

    Thank you for your years of hard dedication. Enjoy your retirement!

  71. Mark Oney says:

    Mike, I remember you all the way back to when I was in 8th grade and saw you a lot with Bud Kraehling. You always did the broadcast very well and you made it worth listening to. I’ll bet in 34 years on the air you will have many stories to tell. Best wishes to you in retirement, and always “sunny weather” to you.

  72. Kim says:

    I have been watching WCCO since I was a little girl, I’m now 35 and I will miss watching you. You were my favorite weatherman and truly enjoyed how kind and sincere you were. You are one of a kind and I will miss you.

    Thank you so much for all your years and dedication.

  73. Sue Anderson says:

    Mike, I have been watching WCCO for years, and have seen many people come and go. But I have enjoyed watching you do the weather forcast, you do a great job and will be missed. Enjoy retiremet, relax have fun, enjoy family and friends!!


  74. Chris Walsh says:

    Mike, you have been a constant since I moved here in 1985. I always enjoyed your easy going style. You always gave the impression that you enjoyed life and your job. I also enjoy your suble sense of humor. I know you will enjoy your retirement because you seem to be the type of guy that finds good in whatever comes your way. Best wishes.

  75. oris says:

    Congratulations on your retirement! You’ve been a comfortable old friend we’ve enjoyed tuning to all these years. Best of wishes in your retirement.

  76. Liz says:

    I’ve grown up watching WCCO and always liked your calm and easy going style for delivering weather forecasts. You will be missed by alot of people and fans.We wish you the best in your retirement. Enjoy the time off with family and friends, it’s well deserved.

  77. Dan Hahn says:

    Best of luck Mike! Congrats!!

  78. Chuck Wallace says:


    We go back a few years, but I just wanted to say thanks for your work and for your friendship over the years.
    I will miss our running into each other at the State Fair…normally getting food! Last year at teh fair you told that this would be your last day. Can you believe it ti here?
    Take care and best wishes.


  79. Susan says:

    Thanks Mike for your good reporting. I have always appreciated your steady, calm and personable comments also. Best in retirement!

  80. Wayne says:

    We have watched your reports and enjoyed you from your start. You have weathered the downpours, straightline winds, and bowechos of technology very well over the decatdes. (Yes, decades!) That makes us brilliant, by the way!

    Thank you for keeping us so well informed, and thaink you for keeping us as safe as you possibly could! We never were actually in harms way, but we found the basement when you said we should be there. You are the best.

  81. Kathryn Kingsbury says:

    Mike, I don’t think we ever said thank you for coming to our son Andrew’s hospital room while both of you were at the University of Mn in 1989. It meant a lot to our family and it still does today.
    Congratulations. Here’s to a long and healthy retirement.

  82. Jaquelyn Mack says:

    All the good ones seem to retire young. COngrats and best wishes.

  83. Elaine says:

    Mike, you are the #1 weather forcaster. You are professional and easy to understand. We will miss you. Many years of happy retirement relaxing and enjoying your family and friends.

  84. pat johnson says:

    You and your wife came into Erickson’s Super Value when I was deli manager
    there to order birthday cakes. You were both so pleasant.
    Good luck

  85. Mary Wolkerstorfer says:

    Many long and happy years of retirement, Mike. You are a class act and will be missed.

  86. Josh Peterson says:

    Mike, I will never forget working weekends with you. However, the times I will remember most are when you would fill in on the morning show and the conversations that we would have during those early hours in the weather center. Thanks for being a great friend, I wish you the best of luck in your retirement.

  87. Gary & Peggy says:

    Mike, we moved here in 1977 and have been listening to you do the weather ever since. We like your down-to- earth…non silly delivery! We will surely miss you! Blessings in your retirement.

  88. Kari Harding says:

    Mike, you have to be one of the nicest guys ever on TV. You have sort of an old-school classiness about you and great chemistry with all the anchors. I watched you bring the weather when I was a kid and now I’ve enjoyed your forecasts with my own kids. Have a great retirement and thank you for setting such a good example in humility, kindness and professionalism.

  89. Allie Sanderson says:

    You’re the best Dad/Weatherman a girl could ask for!
    Love you

  90. Dee says:

    i have been watching WCCO since they came on the air, so even before you started there, when it was Dave and Bud, so I will really miss you. Best wishes on your retirement, I am only a year or two from retirement myself. Enjoy your next chapter!

  91. g harry says:

    I have lived in the cities since 1982: I have appreciated your calm, not sensationalized reporting of the weather. Good luck with whatever you do next! Gretchen from Minneapolis

  92. RJH says:

    Congratulations on your retirement Mike. I’ll miss your calm and pleasant demeanor on WCCO. I hope you enjoy your family and whatever joy life brings!!

  93. Jerry & Marilyn says:

    Best wishes Mike, have a wonderful retirement. Now you’ll be able to live 6 Saturdays and 1 Sunday every week. Enjoy!

  94. Debbie says:

    I have been in the Twin Cities for 10 years now and I have watched WCCO for my news and weather ever since I moved here. Mike you will be missed tremendously. I wish you well in your retirement. Debbie from Robbinsdale.

  95. mark says:

    Mike we are so happy for you and wish you All The Best!!!!!
    You have displayed such a common connection to your viewers throughout the years….we feel like you just live down the street from us all. Your concise and compassionate way of displaying the weather has always been enjoyable to tune into each evening. Have a wonderful time with your family and enjoy the retirement journey…YOU DESERVE IT!!!!
    God Bless You Mike 🙂

  96. Jackie Du Charme says:

    Congrats!!! You will start a new journey.

    I am sure you will keep your days filled with many to do lists.

  97. Russ says:

    Are you kidding Mike? You can’t retire! Your like one of the family. Who are we going to turn to for the real deal on the weather? Seriously…enjoy, but we’ll miss you. One of CCO’s greatest.

  98. Marlena says:

    Thank you for the fine reporting of our ever changing weather here in Minnesota. It has been a pleasure to watch your excellent reporting over the years. I hope you will have many years of enjoyable and interesting new things to explore in your retirements. You will be missed!

  99. Chris H. says:

    I can’t believe you are retiring. You will be missed. I just want to say thanks for always watching the skies and telling us like it is. I remember on May 22, 2011 I turned on WCCO and you said in a stern but friendly voice if you live in these cities seek immediate shelter. I did. Thanks for caring about your viewers. Congrats!!

  100. Mark P. says:

    Mike- Thank you for all of your hard work at WCCO. You will be missed! I was 16 years old when you began your career at CCO. Your weather presentations had a very smooth delivery which we could all understand.

    I wish you happiness and good health! Enjoy your retirement. You deserve it

  101. Linda C. says:

    I have to say it, as many others have here, YOU ARE A CLASS ACT AND WILL BE TRULY MISSED!!!!! I have watched CCO all of my adult life and always relied on Mike Fairbourne’s weather report. No one can touch you for weather reporting……your soft spoken professionalism, kind and friendly manner can never be duplicated. Though I only met you once at the State Fair I feel as though you are a friend. It has been hard to see the great ones go this past year with the retirement of Don Shelby and now the best weather guy ever…….Mike Fairborne. Let us, your public, know how you are doing from time to time. God Bless and may you have many happy, healthy years ahead with your family and friends!!

  102. Greg says:

    While growing up, I always enjoyed the weathercast on the nights “Uncle Mike” (as I affectionately called him) was the weather man. Such a pleasing, easygoing demeanor he has, and that will certainly be missed. I wish him only the clearest of blue sunny skies in his retirement!

  103. Chuck says:

    Mike you are the best. I feel like you are part of the family. Your weather reporting has been a major part of how we live in Minnesota. Your weather forecasts tell us what to wear, what activities we can participate in, and as a farmer when to plant, harvest or spray. Good luck in your future and I will miss you!!!!!!!

  104. Evan Chamberland says:

    I have enjoyed watching you do the weather report on WCCO since I moved to the Twin Cities area almost 12 years ago. Your style of weather reporting will sorely be missed in the local TV market. Thank you for your tireless service of 30 + years to WCCO Channel 4 and to our viewing area. Congratulations on your retirement, and may you enjoy your time with family and friends.

  105. Ken says:

    Mike, the straight forward old school professionalism you brought to Twin Cities’ weather will be your legacy. I speak for all the lucky people your voice has reached in wishing you all the best in the next chapter of your life. God Bless!

  106. Beth J says:

    Mike, I truly hope you have a “smoking” retirement! (If you haven’t finished building that smoker, you’ll have time now.) 🙂

    Thank you for years of level-headed weather reporting and most of all for your friendship.

  107. morrie liberman says:

    YOU are a stable presence in our 4 season of storms, ….in a high-tech industry ,… a media that that’s more a business, and, a tv station that needs it!

    that will be hard to replace,..!

  108. Laura says:

    Best wishes to you on this new phase of your life. You will be missed.

  109. Ken Moen says:

    Mike Good luck & enjoy your retirement. Wife & I have watched you for many years.

  110. Jason says:

    I grew up getting my weather from Mike and Bud! This just confirms I am old if Mike is calling it a career! Thanks for your years of professional service and giving us timely weather casts. Enjoy the next phase of your life!

  111. wayn says:

    Turn, Turn,Turn. Thank you for the many years of service to our community, glad you pulled the plug. Enjoy your new life style.

  112. Anne says:

    Mike – I grew up with you. You are like a Father to me. So, Dad, may I borrow $20?

  113. Bonnie says:

    Congratulations on your retirement Mike, you will be missed on WCCO – you have kept us all informed of what to expect weatherwise for all these many years. It won’t be the same without you. Hope you enjoy your time off, especially with your grandkids!!!! Good Luck Mike!!!

  114. Trisha says:

    Mike, Congratulations! I, like many others, grew up watching you. I hope retirement is everything you want it to be.

  115. Kathy & Dan says:

    Hi Mike..Thank-you for all your years you’ve been in our home. My husband and I have enjoyed you for many years…we’ve lost count. We both have said we will miss you. We’ve loved your warm personality and your NO FLUFF style of reporting the weather. God Bless you. We wish you a happy , healthy , blessed life, and enjoy every moment that comes your way. Kathy and Dan

  116. Jean says:

    Congratualtions Mike. It’s always been a pleasure to watch you. I thank you for your service and commitment. It’s been nice to have that familiar voice all these years. We will miss you and wish you well.

  117. Peggy says:

    Mike, Best Wishes in your retirement.. Enjoy your children and grandchildren as much as you can. You have provided a great service to our state during your time as weatherman at WCCO. You were a great foil often with Don Shelby and many others. Take care and Blessings to you.

  118. Ernest Chudzik says:

    How does it feel to go out on top Mike? “BEST WEATHER MAN EVER”!!!
    … and almost as old as KISS! lol 🙂
    Best of luck Mike.


  119. Nancy says:

    Congratulations Mike!! I always loved seeing you do the weather and will miss you!! Your are the best! Enjoy your retirement and many best wishes to you and your family.

  120. Patti says:

    Congratulations Mike!! I enjoyed watching you on the news. I will miss you.

  121. Cindy says:

    Good Luck on your retirement. We’ll miss hearing that gentle voice of yours keeping us informed about the weather and all the storms. It was a pleasure to watch you all these years.. Enjoy your retirement, you’ve earned it.

  122. Ragianne says:

    Have a greaty retirement – if there is such a thing!? I’m an ol’ lady who “retired” years ago & am working harder than before ‘retirement’! haha BUT! You won’t have to ‘watch the clock’! I threw out all my watches when I retired! Have some great ‘free’ time. I, for one, will really miss your familiar face – and your weather reports!
    Take care!

  123. Michele says:

    Congratulations and best wishes on your retirement! I was an intern at WCCO back in 1990 and I remember that you were just as nice in person as you appeared on TV. Thank you for your many years of service to this community. You will be missed. Enjoy your retirement and time with your family.

  124. Peg says:

    Mike!!!! I’ve been watching you these 30+ years! I wish you the best in your retirement and hope that you enjoy every minute of it. I have the feeling that you will still be doing weather forecasts in the days for some time to come. You will be missed!

  125. LPStarr says:

    Mike I always look forward to you doing the weather. You are nice, friendly and have a calm and sensible approach to the weather. I miss all the long-timers who are leaving our news stations

  126. Marlette says:

    Best wishes. You have always been “the calm in the storm”… No scare tactics, just the facts. Thanks! You will be missed.

  127. Mark says:

    Congratulations Mike on your WELL DESERVED retirement! I think the phrase “Minnesota Nice” was coined by someone after watching you. Always the consummate professional, you will be missed! Enjoy.

  128. Terry says:

    I’m going to miss your no nonsense weather reports. Too many clowns out there doing the weather today.We’ve appreciated you for years.
    Thanks Mike.

  129. Cheryl Salamanca says:

    Congratulations on your retirement. I have watched WCCO-TV all my life. I am 51 years young. I want to thank you for your calm but stern approach to severe weather. You did not make it all hype, we just did what you said and listened. We wanted to listen. You seem to have a lot of patience and you are very kind. I know, I have met you at the State Fair. Enjoy your retirement and I hope to see you around in the community.

  130. Shirley says:

    I’ve watched you for years and appreciated your straightforward reporting. BUT no matter how good you think retirement will be, It’s Better!!

  131. Galena says:

    Thank you for your many years of service. You will be missed!!!

  132. Anna says:

    you will be missed by many. Go and enjoy the good life

  133. Wendy says:

    Best of luck in your retirement. You were a joy to watch. I wish you the best.

  134. Maiani & Bozak says:

    Much love from your Denver boys, Mike. Your presentation on the Lunesta Butterflies of Death was epic. While Minnesota is losing a great meteorologist, the Island is getting more Fairbourne time! Absolute legend.

  135. Lisa says:

    Best wishes Mike. Enjoy your family and some uninterrupted holidays!

  136. Miller High Life Guy says:

    Mike, you’ve earned yourself a taste of the high life!

  137. Greg Liszt says:

    Jay just got ahold of me to tell me the news. Even though we’ve met only twice, they were some memorable times. I play my banjo for you buddy!

  138. Sue Freese says:

    Many years ago my friend, Paula E. talked you into letting me come down for a tour of the weather center.I still talk about it. Bud was still there. We will miss you.

  139. Lisa C says:

    Mike, good luck in your retirement. I have watched you for many years and will miss your forecasts.

  140. Brian M. Babey says:

    Best Wishes!! Thanks for the 30 year’s of service!

  141. Kari says:

    Happy Retirement Mike! Thanks for bring us the weather all these past seasons! Enjoy your new beginning!

  142. Will Haapala says:

    Mr. Fairbourne-You did it with civility and science. Rare today with the flare and drama. Congratulations and thanks for your hard work and professional weather reporting. Will Haapala

  143. Wes Dunser says:

    Mike, you have been on TV since I can remember. I was raised watching WCCO and still watch it exclusively today. Its been great to have had you apart of my summer storm memories. Best of luck in your future endeavors.

  144. Karen Vogel says:

    Congratulations on your retirement. Retirement is Great, time to enjoy family,
    friends, and hobbies. I sure will miss seeing you do the weather.
    Karen Vogel

  145. kathlen wenzel says:

    Best wishes to you, Mike. I hope you have a long and healthy retirement. I,ve watched you from the first day you did the weather to today …your last day reporting and I always enjoyed your reports! And I always knew you were a very, very nice person. Thanks for all your hard work and have fun! Congratulations!

  146. Ruth says:

    I’ve watched you your entire career with WCCO – the only station I’ll watch for news, weather and sports. You’ve been such a big part of the lives of Minnesotans and I’m sure everyone of us wishes you a happy, healthy and long retirement! Enjoy every minute of every day of retirement!

  147. Diane says:


    Your kind of journalism is rare these days. You tell it like it is without all the extra conversation and “comedy”. You have always been a media person that the public can relate to. An “average Joe”, so to speak. But there is nothing average about you. You will truly be missed!

  148. chris says:

    Unwaivering dedication to the science and to the profession. No shtick, just competent substance. Always the trusted authority. An inate poise and sincere charm.

    ..All the hallmarks of your career and manifest character.

    Cheers Dad

  149. Jeana says:

    Thank you for so many years of fabulous service to our community. I moved here in 1977, the same year you started, so we have grown older at the same pace? You were the most accurate and certainly the most kind forecaster on TV and I always sought your TV reports. Please know you are appreciated.

  150. bob says:

    thanks for a job well done and making Minnesota a much better state.
    You are a fine example and others would do well to emulate you.

  151. Patty and Bill says:

    We have enjoyed your weather reporting thru the years and are sorry to see you go. All the best to you in your retirement.

  152. Rose says:


    Best wishes to you and your family. You were always a friendly face on the news. Good Luck and have fun enjoying what you love to do.

  153. Jill says:

    Thanks, Mike…

    You will be missed! You had a wonderfully calm nature and delivery that I reallly enjoyed and appreciated.

    Good luck on your new endeavors and enjoy!

  154. Karen says:

    Thank You Mike for all the great years. Wishing you a VERY Happy Retirement and much Happiness always. You will be missed SOOOOO much.

  155. Terry says:

    Thank you Mike

  156. Warren says:

    Best wishes on your retirement from the weather job. May you and your family have the opportunity to do the things you love to do together and/or separately. You will always be the “weatherman” in many of our hearts and minds.

  157. Ken Ring says:


    Sure can’t top the messages of thanks and congratulations on your career and on your retirements. Only wishing you the best and my own appreciation. We’ve counted on you and you’ve come through.


  158. Mike and Wink Essma says:

    We came to Minnesota about the same time you came to WCCO. So we
    consider ourselves silent friends of yours. Good luck, friend, in all your
    endeavors. Keep smiling!

  159. Sue Olson says:

    Mike: I have to correct your statement about the brain tumor. In January, 1989 you and I had surgery the same day. Yours was for the brain tumor, mine for a melanoma – both very scary. We both survived and I have followed you and your path all these years. Thanks for being such a humble, nice guy. Best to you in your future endeavors.

  160. Woodbury Fan says:

    What positive message can I add that others have not already expressed. Thank you so much for your job integrity, I knew I could sleep at night if you were on “watch”.! You are a class act WCCO Weatherman!! I am so fortunate to have met you personally at the State Fair! Enjoy your retirement with your passions and your family, Good Health and fun too!!!!

  161. Marv says:

    When I moved to the Twin Cities in ’83, you are one of the first news people who I
    watched. I respect your knowledge of the weather and the way you delivered it was remarkable. Good luck in your retirement and enjoy and spend some time taking all that life has to offer. It was nice watching you on WCCO.

  162. John D. Meyer says:

    I would like to wish you the very best in retirement and the best of all Stay Healthy. I am also getting close to retirement.

  163. Meads from Buffalo says:

    Congratulations on your retirement, Mr. Fairbourne! You will be seriously missed with your calming and professional style of delivering the weather. We laughed with you when your remote gave you a different screen than what you were talkiing about, and enjoyed the neighborly way you mingled with the people visiting the WCCO booth at the State Fair. You were one of “us.” Thank you! We wish you many years of happy retirement with your family and in the good deeds you about to do. God Bless!

  164. Clyde says:


    We will surely miss you, but you have paid your dues and now it is time to move on and enjoy life with your famiily and friends. Thank you for being who you are, and best of luck to you in your retirement years.

    Clyde & Liz from Bemidji

  165. Mary Anderson says:

    Ah Mike, watched your weather my whole adult life (since you started at ‘CCO) You will be missed. Especially your fumbling with the screen changer. I laughed every time and now call my husband Mike Fairborne when he fumbles the remote. LOL!

    Good luck to you and yours in your new adventures.

    Mary from WI

  166. Jim says:

    I’ve been following WCCO since the 9th Street days. I remember Dean Montgomery, Dave Moore, Bud Kraehling, Hal Scott, and remember you and Don Shelby as the new kids on the block. It is your dedication and professionalism that keeps WCCO a place to turn for the most accurate information possible. I hope the future brings as much. Best wishes as you move to a new chapter an new adventures.

  167. Diane P says:

    Hi Mike. Thank-you so much for all your years of service doing the weather in our community. I have been watching you since the Dave Moore days…. I have always felt safe and comforted hearing your voice whenever there was severe weather…You will be missed. Good luck in your new adventures in your life!!

    Diane from Hopkins, MN

  168. Amy Deierling says:

    Hello Mike, it is Ivy and Amy stopping by to say congratulations on your retirement and wishing you luck on your mission. Tell Peggy hello from us and we miss you two very much. Much Love~

  169. Sandy in White Bear Lake says:

    Hi Mike. It has been such a genuine pleasure having you in my home at news and weather time for so many, many years. Your calm and gentle presence was always so comforting- even when bad weather was coming. I will truly miss you and want to thank you for giving so much of yourself to others. All the best to you and your beloved family in the next chapter of your life.

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