Chris Shaffer was raised in Stillwater, Minn. He left our great state for four years to attend the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, where he earned degrees in Meteorology and Mass Communications.
Chris is a proud member of the American Meteorological Society and has been awarded the AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) designation. You may have seen him over the years doing the weather on television at KMSP FOX9 and WFTC/UPN 29. You may have also heard him on KOOL108, BOB100, 104.1 The Point, Cities 97, K102 or KTLK.
It is no wonder why Chris is so passionate about Minnesota weather. His great uncle Wilbur was struck and killed by lightning while farming in southern Minnesota in the summer of 1952.
His family vehicle was once chased by a tornado near Maplewood, Minn. and one December on the way to Grandma and Grandpa’s house, his family spent the night snowed in at a church in Winthrop, Minn., praying the blizzard would let up so they could get to Redwood Falls and open their presents the next morning.
Chris loves the weather because it is always changing and is a constant challenge, much like raising his three daughters, who are as loud as a thunderstorm, pretty as a sunset and strong as a straight-line wind.
Usually, WCCO viewers are putting meteorologist Chris Shaffer “On the Spot.” But earlier Thursday evening, he helped a guy put his girlfriend on the spot in a really big way. Luke was watching WCCO’s 6 p.m. weather forecast with his girlfriend, Ally. But this wasn’t just any old forecast. “I was just like ‘Hey look, it’s our picture!’ And she was like ‘Oh, that’s so cool!’ Luke said.
It looks like we will take our first trip below freezing Monday night in Minneapolis. Last year we accomplished that feat on Oct. 7, when we bottomed out at 28 degrees. We are behind schedule, and I’m sure allergy sufferers will rejoice as we spend the next few nights below freezing, killing most vegetation that messes with our noses.
We experienced our second warmest day of the year Thursday with a high of 53. Only Saturday’s high of 56 was warmer.
Our average high for early April is 51 degrees, and that’s why it has felt so cold the past few days.
Monday was the comfortable one with low humidity and temperatures peaking below average in the 70s. Tuesday will be the average one with highs climbing into the low 80s with a southeast wind blowing 10-15 mph.
At times March felt much like April. I guess it is payback time.
We started the work week with beautiful sunshine and a high of 46 degrees in the Twin Cities.
We only picked up 1.9 inches of snow in Minneapolis, but that was enough to make the morning commute Monday an extended one.
I have been talking about our big chill for the past several days. We will feel the coldest air so far this season, and we might even fall below zero for the first time.
We just enjoyed our fourth warmest Thanksgiving on record with a high of 59 degrees, and we had a great follow up act with a high of 54 on Friday.
Minnesota peaked on Wednesday with a new daily record high of 88 degrees in Minneapolis, braking a record that had stood for 132 years.
If you didn’t cover them up or move them inside, your flowers or sensitive veggies could be history.
We started the month with damaging winds, flooding rain and a muggy day as well.
Enjoy the cooler, drier air Wednesday because Mother Nature will open the oven door again by Friday.
Minneapolis picked up 1.35 inches of rain over the past few days.