Chris Shaffer

Chris Shaffer was raised in Stillwater, Minnesota and 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 an Emmy award-winning meteorologist and a proud member of the American Meteorological Society.
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Joined WCCO: 2006
Hometown: Stillwater, Minnesota. (Go Ponies!)
Alma Mater: University of Utah-Salt Lake City (Go Utes!)

Music: Anything ’80s
Movie: Star Wars
TV Show: Saved By The Bell
Book: The Bible
Food: Mexican
Local Restaurant: My Stillwater and Woodbury faves
Hidden MN Gem: I want it to stay hidden
Sport/Exercise: Football
Historical Figure: Elvis Presley
Favorite Minnesotan: Seann William Scott
Quote: “Don’t exist. Live.”
Word: Awesome
Vacation Spot: Hawaii
Holiday: Halloween
Planet: Earth

Facebook or Twitter? Facebook
Cats or Dogs? Dogs
Beatles or Rolling Stones? Beatles
Comedy or Tearjerker? Comedy
Phone Call or Text Message? Phone Call
Mac or PC? PC
Coffee or Tea? Coffee
Paper or Plastic? Paper
Morning Person or Night Person? Night
East Coast vs. West Coast? West
Star Trek or Star Wars? Star Wars
‘Grey Duck’ or ‘Goose’? Grey Duck

Chris Shaffer was raised in Stillwater, Minnesota and 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 an Emmy award-winning meteorologist and a proud member of the American Meteorological Society. He 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 back in his radio days on KOOL108, BOB100 (as Blaze Bodean), 104.1 The Point (as Cheeks), Cities 97, K102 (as Jack Wilde and himself) 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 and his wife have family members all around the Twin Cities. And it’s natural to forecast for the entire region with family in Pipestone, St. Cloud, Willmar, Sartell and Blooming Prairie just to name a few.

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.

And who can forget the family pets … two guinea pigs (Pixie and Posie) and a Boston Terrier named Bailey.

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Wednesday’s 84-Degree High Breaks 133-Year Record

It may not have felt like it with the high wind speeds, but temperatures in the Twin Cities reached 84 degrees Wednesday, breaking a 133-year-old record.


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Gene Simmons Meets A Huge Kiss Fan – WCCO’s Chris Shaffer!

Kiss’s Gene Simmons and his daughter, Sophie Tweed-Simmons, are big supporters of a local nonprofit that provides restorative aid to those in need. Matter is an organization based in St. Louis Park, and they’re throwing a sold-out fundraising gala Friday night.


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Chris Shaffer’s Forecast? 100% Chance Of Wedding Bells!

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.


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Weather Blog: Chilling Out!

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.


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Weather Blog: Spring Snow Possible

We experienced our second warmest day of the year Thursday with a high of 53. Only Saturday’s high of 56 was warmer.


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Weather Blog: Back To The 50s

Our average high for early April is 51 degrees, and that’s why it has felt so cold the past few days.


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Weather Blog: Summer Heat

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.


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Weather Blog: More Like March

At times March felt much like April. I guess it is payback time.


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Weather Blog: Feeling Minnesota

We started the work week with beautiful sunshine and a high of 46 degrees in the Twin Cities.


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Weather Blog: Snow Break

We only picked up 1.9 inches of snow in Minneapolis, but that was enough to make the morning commute Monday an extended one.


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Weather Blog: More Like Winter

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.


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Weather Blog: It Was A Good Run

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.


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Weather Blog: Cooling Down

Minnesota peaked on Wednesday with a new daily record high of 88 degrees in Minneapolis, braking a record that had stood for 132 years.


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Weather Blog: An Outbreak Of Cold

If you didn’t cover them up or move them inside, your flowers or sensitive veggies could be history.


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Weather Blog: Stormy Start To August

We started the month with damaging winds, flooding rain and a muggy day as well.


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Weather Blog: A Refreshing Break

Enjoy the cooler, drier air Wednesday because Mother Nature will open the oven door again by Friday.


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Weather Blog: A Break From The Soaking

Minneapolis picked up 1.35 inches of rain over the past few days.


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Weather Blog: A Pleasant Wednesday

High pressure will make a brief appearance Wednesday settling the wind down as the day passes and warming us up to an average high of 75 degrees.


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Weather Blog: Long Wait For The Sunshine

The clouds will be with us until Sunday — the rain almost as long. The good news is I don’t see any severe weather in our future.


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Weather Blog: Our Warmest Day

By Chris Shaffer, WCCO-TV MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Tuesday will be the warmest day of 2011. We have not warmed into the 80s in nearly 7 months, but that is about the change. A warm front […]


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Weather Blog: It’s Going To Get Better

Thursday the slow-moving storm system will finally drift off to the east allowing a ridge of high pressure to arrive. That will end the precipitation and allow a clearing sky from west to east as the day progresses.


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Weather Blog: Snow Worries

Yes, we could have some flakes falling to start the day Wednesday. However, it will not mess with your commute as it melts on contact with the warm roads.


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Snow Thinks It’s Been Missed, Makes Return Visit

As of last weekend, the Twin Cities had suffered the fourth snowiest winter on record. Now, despite threats of snow, it looks like we will stay locked in fourth place.


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Weather Blog: All Downhill

Tuesday was the nicest day we will have this week. It is going to cool down, get windy and we might even see some snow.


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Weather Blog: Say It Isn’t Snow …

We shot up to 76 degrees on Sunday. We will be near 70 for a high on Tuesday. Yet, I’m talking about a chance of snow.



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