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).
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.
Storms packing high winds and windshield-shattering hail have rumbled across central Minnesota, but no serious damage or injuries are reported.
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.
It will be a little cooler than average this weekend, and try to remember what April showers bring.
We are still suffering from drought conditions across the state and into western Wisconsin. So, any rainfall at this point is welcome rainfall.
Let’s start off with the good news: there isn’t a threat of severe weather this week.
It was all about the strong wind , and we finally received some much needed rain Friday.
It could be worse. It could be a snowy Easter. Or a bitter cold one. Instead the greatest weather factor will be the wind.
I love the tune from Maroon 5, and you may get an unwanted wake up call overnight.
We are living weather history once again. It looks like this will be the warmest March on record.
Yes, that was a great tune from Bob Seger, and it will sum up our Tuesday.
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.
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.
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.