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 morning 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 Monday through Friday on WCCO This Morning and WCCO At Noon, 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.
If Jean-Paul Sartre were alive today and living in the Twin Cities, you could bet he’d be working on his final revisions for his new hit play “Snow Exit.”
This morning we’re hearing that a “shock wave,” created by a meteor, caused damage and injuries in Russia last night. So far a few people have asked me: “uhhhhhhhh… what is a shock wave?” No, seriously, they did ask… and just like that.
Minnesota has managed to dodge a white, fluffy bullet for most of the winter thus far. But the state’s dry fortune looks to change over the next five days.
Holly and Mike from Stillwater wrote in to ask: “Have we ever had a winter where we get almost no snow or is it only a matter of time until we get clobbered?”
For many, 2011 will be remembered as a year of wild weather. Storms were historic, deadly and costly.
Flying can be stressful and frustrating, especially when there are delays and missed connections. That’s why people are hard at work in Farmington to make your trip as smooth as possible, no matter where you’re flying.
Mike Augustyniak makes Warm Apricot-Cranberry Sauce.
The Twin Cities have taken advantage of a very warm and dry autumn, but this weekend could bring the area its first real taste of winter. Yes, we’re talking snow.
Thinking back to our school days, we brought lunch at one time or another and maybe traded a few items with our friends.
A few weeks ago, WCCO meteorologist Mike Augustyniak talked with WBZ in Boston to compare snow totals between Minneapolis and the east coast.
The snowstorm that reached Minnesota Friday afternoon is expected to taper off Saturday morning, according to WCCO-TV Meteorologist Mike Fairbourne.
It’s becoming old hat by now. The Twin Cities is bracing for another potential dose of winter.
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