Chris Shaffer

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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).

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Weather Blog: Warming Up!

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.

05/16/2012

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Weather Blog: Against The Wind

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

03/26/2012

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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

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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

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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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