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.
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.
Severe storms rolled through parts of the state Wednesday morning. The worst weather hit Wright County with damaging winds and large hail. For farmers there, the storm was devastating. Piles of hail up to a foot deep is an incredible sight to a meteorologist, but it’s a sight that farmers in Waverly, Minn. hope to never see, especially at harvest time.
The mayor of Minneapolis and the chairman of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux signed an agreement Tuesday that promotes the use of biochar. Jim Doten, Minneapolis’ environmental services’ supervisor, says it’s a product similar to cooking charcoal that’s used for gardening.
A popular attraction is celebrating a milestone at this year’s Great Minnesota Get Together. The Sky Ride is turning 50 years old.
Every year, as the Earth spins into the fragment field of the comet Swift-Tuttle. Pieces of rocky space debris, or meteoroids, slam into our atmosphere at 132,000 mph, producing the year’s most action-packed meteor shower – the Perseids. Generating 50-100 meteors per hour, the Perseid meteor shower runs through Aug. 24 with peak activity set to occur over the next few nights.
Think this past cold and snowy winter contradicts global warming? Think again …A top-ten tally of 50 days with minus-zero lows in the Twin Cities, a record 60 days of minus-zero temps in Duluth, havoc-wreaking snow and ice in the South and nearly 40 inches of above-normal snowfall in major Northeast cities including Philadelphia, New York City and Boston …
Visitors to the University of Minnesota’s Landscape Arboretum spent this Earth Day enjoying the sun and early spring scenery. Brian Smoliak, atmospheric scientist with the University of Minnesota, was also out on the grounds installing the last of 24 temperature sensors.
On this warmest day of the season, the seats in the sun were the place to be at Target Field. Sunglasses and shorts were the standard uniform for Twins fans on Wednesday. And even those with a winter-induced pallor weren’t afraid to show off some leg. “I don’t think they’re too bad,” said Twins fan Matt Hall. “I’ve got a good base level going on.”
When driving through St. Louis Park, it’s hard to miss the big treehouse off of Minnetonka Boulevard. But the local landmark may soon only exist in memories.
The official start to spring was last week. But the weather hasn’t felt at all spring-like. And those anticipating the sweet taste of spring will have to wait.
St. Patrick’s Day is reason enough for many people to get out and celebrate the little or no Irish in their blood. If you’re in St. Paul, you won’t need the help of a leprechaun to find the party, just head downtown to the sea of green.
As the weather starts to warm up and the snow starts to melt, we’re starting to see some real signs of spring. One of the biggest might be over at Target Field.
No matter how cold it feels, ice fishing season is basically over. The DNR says ice houses have to be off most Minnesota lakes by midnight tonight. That’s led to plenty of problems for anglers whose houses got stuck, frozen in place because of all that snow and slush.
When you’ve been through 45 days at or below zero, anything above freezing feels incredible. Temperatures peaked at 44 degrees Tuesday afternoon and the Twin Cities reached the warmest it’s been since Dec. 28.
Attention, early morning commuters: A fast-moving storm system is set to impact the Twin Cities area overnight into midday Monday. That’ll make for a messy morning commute.
The average high temperature for December’s first two weeks was a mere 17 degrees, making it the sixth coldest December on record.
We kicked off the weekend with brutally-cold conditions. Wind chills Saturday are done right bone chilling, dropping to 50 below in Fosston this morning, -45 in Longville and -25 at MSP Airport. The coldest temperature recorded Saturday morning was -11. Last year’s lowest low was -13, to put that in to perspective. Saturday’s high was -1, which approaches a record set in the 1800s! In the overnight, clouds will increase and light snow will develop later Sunday morning. Wind chill will decrease a bit.
There’s no getting around it, winter is coming, but Minnesotans don’t let the cold keep them down. That’s especially true for Twin Cities cyclists. Most bikers in the metro don’t stop when the snow flies…but they have do have to prepare.
The coldest kickoff since the Gophers moved back outside to TCF Bank Stadium was 23-degrees, against Iowa in November of 2010. We’ll be lucky if the high gets that high on Saturday, so fans, and players, are already figuring out how to stay warm for the big game.
No, it’s not a UFO or the onset of the apocalypse…it’s a hole punch cloud, an usual and mysterious sight to witness. Hole punch clouds, which are also called canal clouds, were spotted in the skies over the Twin Cities on Sunday and again Tuesday. WCCO-TV viewers in Minneapolis, Blaine, Chaska, and Mahtomedi captured photos of this rare and intriguing phenomenon.
Joe Mauer was out of uniform this morning, but doing something he likes as much as baseball. He was helping kids in need. In this case, making sure they have school supplies.
Extreme heat is the most dangerous type of weather, causing more fatalities than flooding, lightning, hurricanes and tornadoes combined. Appropriately, fairgoers are taking Monday’s temperatures seriously while still having fun. On a second day of record-breaking heat and oppressive humidity, fairgoers arrived with water in hand and armed with a plan to stay cool. For members of the Jefferson High School marching band, beating the heat began days in advance when musicians began getting used to consuming lots of water.
The sniffing, sneezing and itchy eyes. Fall allergy season is flaring up, and it’s just the beginning. Allergy and asthma specialists say the pollen counts are high in our area.
Cold air in the upper levels of the atmosphere is conducive to the formation of tornadoes — cold air at the surface, not so much. In 2013, cold air has been plentiful in Minnesota. Its prevalence has contributed to reduced numbers of tornadoes during the months which are climatologically most active in the state — May, June and July.
We’ve heard recently about furloughs for FAA air traffic controllers which have been suspended, but there is another agency facing funding cuts: NOAA, which could jeopardize the safety of all Minnesotans when severe weather strikes.