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Lauren Casey

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Lauren Casey joined the WCCO-TV weather team in August 2011, and welcomes the forecasting challenge presented by Minnesota’s weather — 100 degree days in the summer to sub-zero temperatures in the winter.

Lauren credits author Seymour Simon for inspiring her passion for weather, as his children’s weather books helped birth a young weather enthusiast.

Lauren’s passion led her to Rutgers University in New Jersey, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in meteorology. In addition to her studies, Lauren also interned at the National Weather Service in Mt. Holly and at WCAU-TV in Philadelphia under her mentor Glenn ‘Hurricane’ Schwartz.

Lauren began her broadcast career in Macon, Ga., where she honed her severe weather forecasting skills. As the morning meteorologist, she covered active weather from hail to derechos, and two tornado outbreaks.

She came to the Twin Cities from southwest Florida, where watching the tropics and tracking sea-breeze-generated thunderstorms kept her busy as the morning meteorologist at WINK-TV.

During her time in Florida, Lauren shared her passion for weather, not only through the TV airwaves, but in the classroom. She instructed a weather course for Florida Gulf Coast University’s Renaissance Program.

In 2010, Lauren was proud to be awarded the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) designation by the American Meteorological Society.

In addition to weather, Lauren harbors a love of the outdoors. She has shared the back-country trails of Glacier National Park with grizzly bears, and she has trekked through parks of Zion, Grand Teton and the Grand Canyon.

Lauren is excited to be WCCO-TV’s weekend meteorologist and is enjoying weather-watching and trail-blazing in her new home state alongside her dog, Edgar.

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Lauren’s Science Corner: Numbingly Cold November

Ahhh, September 2014; six days spent soaking up 80° highs and 12 days in the 70s. October 2014 followed and offered up plentiful 60° days as well. And then came November.

12/01/2014

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WCCO’s Lauren Casey Learns Ice Rescue Skills

Having moved to Minnesota from Florida, my scariest aquatic experience involved a water temperature below 80 degrees, until Tuesday. I put on a protective “mustang” suit, ready for a mock water rescue in icy Lake Minnetonka with the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office Water Patrol. Not yet at ice’s edge, I was already panic stricken. I can’t imagine this as my job.

11/25/2014

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Lauren’s Science Corner: Climate Change Increasing Lightning Strikes?

There are 1.4 billion lightning strikes globally each year — 25 million of those bolts occur in the U.S., and that number may be going way up. A study, recently published in the journal Science, concludes that a 50 percent increase in lightning strike frequency is possible by the end of the century.

11/19/2014

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Weather Blog: Only Normal Thing About MN Nov. Weather: It’s Not Normal!

After a warmer than normal September and October, November 2014 delivered a dramatic shift in season and temperature trend.

11/17/2014

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4-Month Old Puppy Battles Rare Esophagus Disease

Starting life in a high-kill shelter in Texas is not the only adversity 4-month-old Dutch Shepherd Rocky has endured. Rocky has battled pneumonia, an eye ailment and is living with a rare condition – megaesophagus.

11/12/2014

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Weather Blog: November Snows Go Big

No practice snowfall to acclimate us to the shift in weather and wardrobe this season. In a mere two weeks’ time, sandals were replaced with snow boots, as Oct 27 featured high temperatures in the upper 60s and on Monday sidewalks became shrouded in fall snow, demanding more than one ruler to measure in many locations.

11/11/2014

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Lauren’s Science Corner: The Return Of The Hole Punch Cloud

On Saturday, Nov. 1, WCCO-TV viewers in the Twin Cities metro, and all the way to Houston in far-southeastern Minnesota, spotted a rare and mesmerizing sight, the hole punch or fall-streak cloud.

11/05/2014

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Weather Blog: Halloween Weather In The Twin Cities

Nothing inspires such fright as the vision of Halloween pumpkins shrouded in white. But have no fear, clear skies are in the forecast for Halloween this year.

10/29/2014

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Union Depot Unveils 6 New Murals

It took more than a year and a half, but six new murals are now on display at the historic Union Depot in St. Paul. Each mural depicts a significant time period in the history of the railroads, the City of St. Paul and the Depot itself.

10/27/2014

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Weather Blog: New, Expanded Weather Risk Categories

Starting Wednesday, the Storm Prediction Center, the arm of the National Weather Service responsible for issuing all severe thunderstorm and tornado watches and warnings, will utilize expanded severe weather risk categories for 1 to 3 day convective outlooks.

10/22/2014

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Lauren’s Science Corner: The International Space Station

What is the size of a football field, has a gym, and the best view in our solar system? The International Space Station is an orbiting laboratory or habitable artificial satellite (fancy!) and serves as a space port for a myriad of multi-national spacecraft.

10/20/2014

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Lauren’s Science Corner: Total Lunar Eclipse

Are you totally excited for the total lunar eclipse early Wednesday morning?! The eclipse will be viewable across North America. And with clear skies to prevail over Minnesota and Wisconsin, all will behold the astronomical awesome-ness!

10/07/2014

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Expect To See A Lot Of Disney Characters This Halloween

Sometimes the scariest thing about Halloween isn’t Halloween at all. It’s the cost of those costumes. Americans will spend about $7.5 billion on tricks and treats, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF). Most people will spend around $78, with most of it going towards a costume.

10/06/2014

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Lauren’s Science Corner: Lava, Lahars, and Magma, Oh My!

On Friday, the Big Island of Hawaii declared a state of emergency as lava flows from the Kilauea volcano threatened a residential area. Mount Kilauea has been constantly erupting since 1983, yet in late-June new vents, cracks in the Earth’s surface through which lava erupts, opened on the volcano’s north-eastern flank.

09/09/2014

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Lauren’s Science Corner: What Moves The ‘Sailing Stones’ Of Death Valley?

Since the 1940’s, scientists and visitors to Death Valley National Park have marveled at and pondered the mystery of its ‘sailing stones.’ Hundreds of rocks from pebble to boulder-size plow their way across the flat surface of the ‘Racetrack playa,’ engraving trails, some of which are considerable length, in the dry mud landscape.

09/08/2014

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