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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VITALS
Joined WCCO: 2006
Hometown: Stillwater, Minnesota. (Go Ponies!)
Alma Mater: University of Utah-Salt Lake City (Go Utes!)

FAVORITES
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

THIS OR THAT
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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most recent stories2 Chris Shaffer

Reported Tornado Damages Farm Buildings Near Kiester

A line of storms triggered tornado warnings and dumped heavy rain as it rumbled down the Interstate 90 corridor across far southern Minnesota.

05/04/2012

Minn. Storms Whip Up High Winds, Dump Hail

Storms packing high winds and windshield-shattering hail have rumbled across central Minnesota, but no serious damage or injuries are reported.

05/01/2012

Weather Blog: Warm Again, But Then …

It had been nine days since we last felt the 70s. Tuesday’s high of 73 cracked that streak and brought many smiles around town.

04/24/2012

Weather Blog: Typical April Weekend

It will be a little cooler than average this weekend, and try to remember what April showers bring.

04/20/2012

Weather Blog: More Rain

We are still suffering from drought conditions across the state and into western Wisconsin. So, any rainfall at this point is welcome rainfall.

04/18/2012

Weather Blog: Up And Down

Let’s start off with the good news: there isn’t a threat of severe weather this week.

04/16/2012

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Weather Blog: A Bit Of Variety

It was all about the strong wind , and we finally received some much needed rain Friday.

04/13/2012

Weather Blog: Windy Easter

It could be worse. It could be a snowy Easter. Or a bitter cold one. Instead the greatest weather factor will be the wind.

04/06/2012

Weather Blog: Wake Up Call

I love the tune from Maroon 5, and you may get an unwanted wake up call overnight.

04/02/2012

Weather Blog: Warmest March?

We are living weather history once again. It looks like this will be the warmest March on record.

03/28/2012

Weather Blog: Against The Wind

Yes, that was a great tune from Bob Seger, and it will sum up our Tuesday.

03/26/2012

Weather Blog: April Feel

It’s hard to remember that we warmed to 52 degrees the day after Christmas. Many forget that we also hit 52 degrees on Jan. 10 this year. And many will be glad to hear we take a run at 52 (or warmer) on Tuesday.

03/05/2012

Weather Blog: The Slop Ness Monster

So many Twitter and Facebook followers have been asking me to name this storm. I do my best to forecast and cover them, not name them. But I will cave and name it the Slop Ness Monster.

02/27/2012

Weather Blog: More Like Winter

The steering winds are beginning to send some actual precipitation our way. It has been a tame winter to date, with 18 inches of snow and only three nights below zero here in the Twin Cities.

02/22/2012

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Weather Blog: Finally Some Snow

It wasn’t enough to cancel school, fire up the snow blower or create an agonizing drive home. But it finally snowed more than a trace in the Twin Cities.

02/13/2012

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Weather Blog: Real Winter

It actually feels like winter again.

02/10/2012

Weather Blog: Sorry Snow Lovers

It looks like the big storm that dumped more than four feet of snow on parts of Colorado will miss us to the south.

02/03/2012

Weather Blog: Ground-Fog Day

We have been melting away our snow with temperatures well above average. The wind is quite light, and that allows the low-level moisture to hang around in the form of fog.

02/01/2012

Weather Blog: Looks Like Winter

We finally have some snow coming our way. It isn’t a large storm, but we will take what we can get this winter.

01/19/2012

Weather Blog: Mild Weekend

We will have some light snow to deal with during the day on Saturday.

01/13/2012

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Weather Blog: Changes, Cold Front Cometh!

We tied a daily record high of 49 degrees in the Twin Cities Monday. The previous high mark was set back in 2002.

01/09/2012

Weather Blog: Feels Like January…For Now

Our high temps were actually below average on Monday, and at times the wind made it feel pretty brutal. Actually, that’s what early January should feel like.

01/02/2012

Weather Blog: Monday’s Record Heat

It looks more and more like this will be one of our warmest Decembers on record.

12/26/2011

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Weather Blog: Winter’s Arrival

Winter officially begins at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, but it won’t feel like winter for quite some time.

12/20/2011

Weather Blog: Warming Again

Our Friday will feel fairly average for this time of year with a high around 27 degrees and a chance of some flurries.

12/15/2011

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