Chris Shaffer was raised in Stillwater, Minn. (Go Ponies!) 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 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 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, Baldwin, 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), a fish (Boo), a snail (Snaily) and a shrimp (Gary).
I was just thinking how funny it must sound to someone visiting from the south. I pop on television with a big smile on my face excited to tell WCCO viewers that it will warm to the teens Thursday.
Holiday music is playing wherever you go. You put the tree up, and your outdoor lights are shining. Now, we just need some snow. It’s coming!
Our flurries will pass, causing some slowing on the roads. We haven’t had much experience in the snowfall department this year with only 1.1 inches in the Twin Cities. Some south of the Twin Cities could see some minimal accumulation this evening, but the big headline is still focused on the cold air on the way.
It had been 10 days since we had felt the 50s around here. That all changed Wednesday when we warmed to 50 degrees in the Twin Cities. That is actually seven degrees above average for this time of year (and 22 degrees warmer than Tuesday).
This will be remembered as a windy deer hunting opener. Those who hunt in extreme northern Minnesota will have to walk through snowy fields or woods this weekend.
From a meteorological standpoint, conditions for severe weather were perfect Monday. As many as 28 tornadoes struck the Midwest.
The severe weather season is almost here, and this year WCCO will be able to bring you a more detailed forecast than ever before.
Here in the Twin Cities we average 2.4 inches of snow in the month of April. Much of it melts on contact with the warmer ground, and even if it does accumulate it doesn’t last for long.
We finally have some precipitation coming our way, but it will be problematic. I know I have been beating the drum for any kind of precipitation, but we could do without freezing drizzle.
High temperatures punched back above average today and there were reports of 1-3 inches of snow from Ely to Duluth. It will be fairly quiet the next few days with afternoon highs near average (34 degrees).
This is a question I field quite often at WCCO. It has been hot — the second warmest July on record — and humid this summer.
It has been very pleasant around here lately with temps above average but not stifling hot like last week. Our dew points are much better too, so the air is warm but not humid. That will change.
We are locked in cool, northwest flow. These temps are average for around April 20 — not late-May.
Wednesday was close to average with a high near 70. With the light wind, dry conditions and sunshine, some would say it was close to perfection.
A line of storms triggered tornado warnings and dumped heavy rain as it rumbled down the Interstate 90 corridor across far southern Minnesota.