Director of Meteorology Mike Augustyniak was drawn to Minnesota by a love of active weather, and the opportunity to forecast for some of the most weather-savvy television viewers in the country.
Since joining the WCCO team in 2008, he’s also been able to achieve a new personal record for the most cups of coffee consumed in a 10-hour period.
Mike’s interest in weather began at an early age.
“I think my curiosity about the weather was fueled by the fact that, as a little guy, I was absolutely petrified of thunderstorms!”
In time (and with the help of a book called “Hippo Thunder”), Mike outgrew his fear, deciding in eighth grade that he wanted to study meteorology in college.
“The answers I gave on a 40-question ‘interest survey’ were fed into a computer, and the computer returned several careers that I might enjoy,” Mike explained. “‘Meteorologist’ was one of the jobs the computer returned, and right then I knew it was the job for me.”
In college, Mike studied meteorology under several of the world’s leading research scientists at the University at Albany. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Atmospheric Science, holds the AMS Television Seal of Approval, and is also a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
In May of 2008, Mike received his Master of Science degree in Atmospheric Science, also from the University at Albany. Findings from his master’s thesis — original research on a local terrain effect called Mohawk-Hudson Convergence — is currently in use to help meteorologists make more accurate forecasts around the region.
In addition to watching him on WCCO, you may have also seen Mike appear with Ellen DeGeneres on her nationally syndicated talk show, on the CBS Evening News, or on CBS This Morning. His work has been recognized with multiple Emmy Awards for broadcast excellence.
In his free time, Mike stays active by going to the gym, biking, rock climbing and playing with his Boston Terrier named Lola. He also enjoys traveling both around the U.S. and around the world. He has traveled extensively in the Caribbean, Spain, Morocco and Australia.
Every Friday, Mike Augustyniak picks up a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. This week, he headed over to Brasserie Zentral to see their twist on a classic American drink
Every week, Mike Augustyniak picks a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. This week he’s taking a look at the Winter Sidecar from Minneapolis’ Brasserie Zentral.
Hundreds of hockey players are hitting the ice this weekend as part of the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships. It’s a chance to lace up your skates and celebrate hockey the way nature intended.
This week we featured two drinks from the Negroni menu of Marin’s Library Bar. The first, called Ol’ Dirty, is a classic recipe. The most popular Negroni on the menu is actually a spin on the original called Method Man. It uses an herbal liqueur called Chartreuse to stand in for the traditional vermouth.
In the world of Bloody Marys there aren’t many absolutes. The origin of the Bloody Mary is definitely not in dispute, except that it may be. It really depends on who you ask.
Whether at the Science Museum of Minnesota, or in the classroom, there’s a good chance that you or your kids have had a butterfly as a teacher. Monarch butterflies have been used for generations to teach elementary-aged children about lifecycles and the wonders of nature.
All this month Mike Augustyniak has been mixing at some classic, old-school bars–places that feel like home for the holidays. This week, Mike headed to Kincaid’s in Bloomington.
Mike’s Mix got a special taste of a signature drink at a century-old Minneapolis establishment.
The tradition of wassailing — caroling and drinking — began in the 1500s in southern England. Since its inception, the Wassail Bowl has been filled with some version of spiked cider. The recipe that is served seasonally at W. A. Frost in St. Paul has been on the menu continuously since they opened in 1975
Mike’s Mix got a special taste of a brand new Minneapolis restaurant that has created quite a bit of buzz. Spoon and Stable opened Nov. 16 in Minneapolis’ North Loop neighborhood. This week, Mike tries the eatery’s unique if not downright rare Brandy Crusta.
Mike’s Mix got a special taste of a brand new Minneapolis restaurant that has created quite a bit of buzz. Spoon and Stable opened Nov. 16 in Minneapolis’ North Loop neighborhood. This week, Mike tries Nancy’s Cosmo from Spoon and Stable.
The pictures coming out of areas just south of Buffalo, NY today are insane. There’s enough snow to half-bury an NFL kicker, for Santa’s Sake!
Every week, Mike Augustyniak picks a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. This week he’s getting a taste of the bubbly at Loews Hotel’s Releve Champagne lounge. This week Mike’s enjoys their Cranberry French 75.
Every week, Mike Augustyniak picks a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. This week he’s dabbling in a cobbler from La Belle Vie. What’s a cobbler, you ask? Read on!