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.
The first hard freeze of the season will occur Tuesday night in the Metro thereby killing off the last of the seasonal vegetation, an event to induce exclamations of relief from allergy sufferers.
According to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor, much of southern Minnesota is currently experiencing severe drought conditions. Elsewhere across the state, abnormally dry to moderate drought conditions are presently in place including Hennepin County.
The National Weather Service has deemed this week Winter Hazard Awareness Week for Minnesota and Wisconsin, and with the first winter weather of the season in the forecast for some, it’s a good time to remind ourselves how to stay safe from the cold, ice and snow!
The first winter weather of the season to impact parts of the area Tuesday into Wednesday.
Boomer is a 9-year-old yellow lab and he lives in Princeton, about an hour north of the Twin Cities. The trouble is Boomer is blind and wandered away from home Monday night.
Monday marks the 20-year anniversary of the 1991 Halloween Blizzard that produced some of the heaviest snowfalls in history for many cities across Minnesota!
The University of Minnesota unveiled a giant wind turbine on Tuesday at its U-More Park facility in Rosemount.
On Friday, NASA in coordination with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will launch a new polar-orbiting environmental satellite.
It was a showery Sunday as many areas across the state picked up at least a trace of rainfall.
At the end of September, a coronal mass ejection from the Sun initiated an impressive display of one of Mother Nature’s most spectacular displays, the aurora borealis or the Northern Lights.
High temperatures topped in the 80s for the eighth consecutive day in the Twin Cities today, tying the record for the longest stretch of 80-degree days in October which last occurred in 1953!
After a wildly, windy day just last Thursday where winds gusted into the mid-50 mph range across the state, another day of whipping winds is in store Friday.
After a beautiful first weekend of October, expect more sunshine and unseasonably warm weather for this upcoming week.
The lawns have turned brown and crunchy across much of the area, due to unusual and persistently dry conditions through the current late-summer and early-autumn period.
A relatively stagnant upper-level low which has kept western Wisconsin under the clouds for much of the weekend will again allow clouds to persist into the overnight period with isolated showers to impact the area.