Mike Augustyniak

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.
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VITALS
Joined WCCO: 2008
Hometown: Schenectady, New York
Alma Mater: University at Albany

FAVORITES
Music: Sam Hunt
Movie: Love Actually
TV Show: The West Wing
Book: Alan Downs, The Velvet Rage
Food: Pizza (but only New York-style)
Local Restaurant: Spoon & Stable
Sport/Exercise: Cycling
Historical Figure: Wright Brothers
Favorite Minnesotan: Eric Decker
Quote: “Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road. Healthy, free, the world before me. The long brown path before me leading me wherever I choose.” — Walt Whitman
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Vacation Spot: Barcelona
Holiday: Christmas
Planet: Earth

THIS OR THAT
Facebook or Twitter? Twitter
Cats or Dogs? Dogs
Beatles or Rolling Stones? Stones
Comedy or Tearjerker? Comedy
Phone Call or Text Message? Phone Call
Mac or PC? Mac
Coffee or Tea? Coffee
Paper or Plastic? Paper
Morning Person or Night Person? Night
East Coast or West Coast? East
Star Trek or Star Wars? Star Wars
‘Grey Duck’ or ‘Goose’? Duck

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.

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Mike’s Mix: Camping Cocktails

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Mike’s Mix: Bluestem Bar’s Sage White Flip

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Mike’s Mix: Mother’s Day Cocktails, Mocktails

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Mike’s Mix: Sonora Grill

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Mike’s Mix: DCTC Brewing & Beer Steward Technology Program

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Mike’s Mix: 2 BĒT Vodka Recipes

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Mike’s Mix: Handsome Hog

Every Saturday, Mike Augustyniak finds the best mixologists in town to see what they’re stirring up. This week, he heads to Handsome Hog to try a pair of cocktails with a southern influence.

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Mike’s Mix: Hi-Lo Diner

Every Saturday, Mike Augustyniak finds the best mixologists in town to see what they’re stirring up. This week, he heads to the Hi-Lo Diner to try a cocktail with a chilly twist.

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Every Saturday, Mike Augustyniak finds the best mixologists in town to see what they’re stirring up. This week, he heads to Stillwater’s LoLo American Kitchen and Craft Bar for three amazing cocktails.

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Mike’s Mix: Girl Scout Cookie Cocktail Pairings From Hola Arepa

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Mike’s Mix: The Farm Girl Beermosa

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