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.
We have an upper-level area of low pressure positioned over the Dakotas to thank for this dreary and cool start to the weekend!
Monday was the first day of Severe Weather Awareness Week and only hours earlier shelf clouds and wall clouds hung over Minnesota, dropping heavy rain and hail.
The Minnesota Twins home opener is Monday, but it’s not just the Twins and their fans who are getting ready. All those businesses downtown are too.
The whirling sound of a helicopter’s blades in your neighborhood may mean you will be spared from those itchy, red bites this spring and summer.
Almost a year after the tornado hit North Minneapolis, there’s one hopeful sign. The blue herons, whose population was devastated by the storm, have returned to an island in the Mississippi River.
The change in season brings the return of Minnesota’s migratory birds, but our summer-time citizens face a threat posed by the tall buildings in downtown Minneapolis.
Our Minnesota snow has been a no-show this season. That has many worried about the condition of their lawns and gardens come spring.
From when the first snowflakes fly, many look forward to their favorite winter events, but this mild and snowless season has organizers on edge.
There’s been plenty of ice rescues this winter, along with stories about ATVs and fish houses going through the ice. But, that’s not keeping some people off of those not-so-frozen lakes.
Icy conditions are possible late Sunday night and Monday morning across the Twin Cities, southern Minnesota and western Wisconsin.
Just as Bing Crosby so melodically mused, “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas,” many of us harbor hopes of that festive snowy scene to enjoy alongside family, fires, presents and eggnog, but just what are the chances of our dreams coming true?
Our first blast of winter may have caused some problems on the roads. But it was certainly welcome by people who love to play in the snow.
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.