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: Smoked High West Old Fashioned

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Mike’s Mix: Fall Cocktails At Red Cow

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Mike’s Mix: Pink Squirrel At Lawless Distilling

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Mike’s Mix: WCCO’s Iron Bartender Challenge

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Mike’s Mix: Minnesota-Made Mead

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Mike’s Mix: Smack Shack’s Hurricane

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08/17/2016

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Mike’s Mix: Little Red Corvette

This week in Mike’s Mix, Mike gets a taste of a winning cocktail, Little Red Corvette, from Spoon and Stable.

08/13/2016

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Mike’s Mix: Japanese Whisky Highball Cocktails

Each week, Mike Augustyniak finds a new cocktail from a local mixologist. This week, he samples a few different versions of a simple but classic cocktail.

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Mike’s Mix: The University Club’s Piña Colada

This week, Mike stopped by The University Club to learn about one of the most popular and frequently name-checked cocktails of all time.

07/30/2016

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Mike’s Mix: Fine Spirits Classic

Each week, Mike Augustyniak finds a new cocktail from a local mixologist. This week, Mike checks out a couple of cocktails from the Fine Spirits Classic.

07/23/2016

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Mike’s Mix: Icehouse’s Mad Monk Margarita

Each Saturday, Mike Augustyniak takes a look at the local cocktail scene in the Twin Cities. This week, he’s checking out a spicy twist on a traditional margarita from Icehouse in Minneapolis.

07/09/2016

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‘A Big Boom’: Surveying Storm Damage In The North Metro

For residents in Roseville, in the north metro, the drama was over in just seconds.

07/06/2016

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Mike’s Mix: Stonehouse Coffee & Roastery

While Natalie and I were Goin’ To The Lake last week in the Brainerd Lakes area, I got a great, albeit unconventional, idea for a Mike’s Mix. There are a few craft brewers up there, like Big Axe Brewing in Nisswa, and a new brewery is coming soon to Crosby.

07/02/2016

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St. Paul Firefighters Host 57th Carnival For Kids In Hospital

On Wednesday, there were smiles all around at Gillette Children’s Hospital. St. Paul Firefighter’s Local 21 transformed a parking ramp into a carnival, and it’s the 57th year they’ve done it.

06/22/2016

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Mike’s Mix: Swampwater From Norseman Distillery

There are different recipes out there for a Swampwater cocktail, which include ingredients that range from vodka, to Midori, to blue curaçao, to Malibu, to cucumber. Yech. Swampwater is right.

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Mike’s Mix: The Still Kickin’ Cocktail

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06/11/2016

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Mike’s Mix: The Heyday Negroni For Negroni Week

Negroni Week launched in 2013 as a celebration of one of the world’s great cocktails and an effort to raise money for charitable causes around the world.

06/04/2016

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Here’s What You Need To Know About Fish Kills

If you’ve been near a lake lately, you may have seen — or smelled — dead fish washing up on shore. It’s called a fish kill, and a lot of people have been talking about it lately.

06/01/2016

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Mike’s Mix: Camping Cocktails

As we get closer to summer and the weather gets warmer, more and more people are breaking out the tent and heading to the woods. Mike Augustyniak has three cocktails that are perfect for sitting around the campfire.

05/28/2016

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

French Meadow opened in Minneapolis 30 years ago as an all-organic bakery with locally-sourced ingredients. Since then they have expanded into bakeries and cafes in multiple Twin Cities locations.

05/21/2016

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‘Exoskeleton’ Helps Veterans With Spinal Cord Injuries Walk Again

Technology that was first dreamed up in a comic book has jumped off the page, and is helping Minnesota veterans walk again. It is called an exoskeleton, and it is what gives Iron Man his superhero strength.

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Mike’s Mix: Growing An Herb Garden For Cocktails

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Whether your Mother’s Day plan includes brunching, relaxing, or maybe working like every other day, a cocktail might be nice for mom. Or even a mocktail, if she’s a teetotaler.

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