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.
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.
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 [...]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Monday’s high was 48 degrees, and that will be the coolest day of the week.
This was a great song from Buddy Holly, and sadly it is the expression that comes to mind when I look at our next storm system.
Saturday is the last full day of winter. And yet it will feel like spring throughout the day. We will have plenty of sunshine, especially early in the day with a high up near 50 degrees. The wind will pick up from the southeast blowing about 10-15 mph by afternoon.
Yes, our temps will finally be warm enough for rain showers, not snow.
It is going to be windy throughout the day Saturday. The wind will slowly subside as the day wears on, but don’t expect it to warm up.
It will be nice to have a dry day Thursday with some sunshine and temps near average (38 degrees these days in the Twin Cities).
We have made the top 10 in a category most would rather not be a part of…the snowiest winters on record.
We will finally start to feel some mild air. Our “February Freeze” is coming to an end.