Mike Augustyniak

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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: Donny Dirk’s Voodoo Zombie

Every week, Mike Augustyniak picks a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. This week he’s getting into the Halloween spirit with a striking and spookily-titled tiki drink from Donny Dirk’s Zombie Den in Northeast Minneapolis.

11 hours ago

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Mike’s Mix: New Fashioned

Every week, Mike Augustyniak picks a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. This week he’s taking a look at the New Fashioned from the PUBLIC kitchen + bar.

10/18/2014

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Mike’s Mix: Dr. IPA

Every week, Mike Augustyniak picks a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. This week he’s taking a look at the Dr. IPA from the PUBLIC kitchen + bar.

10/11/2014

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Target Debuts Otsego Store With Full Liquor Selection

You can buy a lot at a Target store in Minnesota. But if you’re looking for alcohol, your selection is limited to just a few types of beer. That is unless you visit Target on 87th Avenue Northeast in Otsego, where a new pilot program is giving customers a new option to buy booze.

10/03/2014

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Mike’s Mix: The LP

Every week, Mike Augustyniak picks a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. This week he’s tackling the LP from Five Watt Coffee.

09/26/2014

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Mike’s Mix: Big Easy

Mike’s Mix has moved to Saturday! Now, every Saturday Mike Augustyniak picks a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. This week he’s tackling The Kingfield from Five Watt Coffee.

09/19/2014

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Mike’s Mix: The Kingfield

Mike’s Mix has moved to Saturday! Now, every Saturday Mike Augustyniak picks a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. This week he’s tackling The Kingfield from Five Watt Coffee.

09/12/2014

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Mike’s Mix: Stone Fruit

Mike’s Mix has moved to Saturday! Now, every Saturday mike Augustyniak picks a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. This week he’s tackling the Stone Fruit from Five Watt Coffee.

09/06/2014

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Mike’s Mix: Far North Mule

Every Friday, Mike Augustyniak picks up a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. This week, he’s tackling the Far North Mule from St. Paul’s Ward 6.

08/29/2014

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Mike’s Mix: Pickle In The Middle

Every Friday, Mike Augustyniak picks up a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. This week, he’s tackling the “Pickle In The Middle” from Minneapolis’ Marche.

08/22/2014

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Mike’s Mix: Solstice

Every Friday, Mike Augustyniak picks up a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. This week, he’s tackling the signature cocktail of one of the Twin Cities’ most respected establishments … one with a number of very strong flavors.

08/01/2014

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Mike’s Mix: The Ward 6

Every Friday, Mike Augustyniak picks up a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. This week, he’s tackling the signature cocktail of one of the Twin Cities’ most respected establishments … one with a number of very strong flavors.

07/25/2014

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Mike’s Mix: Mom’s Salty Caramel

Every Friday, Mike Augustyniak picks up a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. This Friday, Mike shares a recipe from St. Paul’s Ward 6 This week’s selection is Mom’s Salty Caramel

07/04/2014

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Mike’s Mix: Tangy Tamarind-Bourbon Lemonade

Every Friday, Mike Augustyniak picks up a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. This Friday, Mike shares a recipe from the historical The Normandy Kitchen Café & Bar. This week’s selection is called Tangy Tamarind-Bourbon Lemonade.

06/20/2014

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Mike’s Mix: The Normandy Cocktail

Every Friday, Mike Augustyniak picks up a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. This Friday, Mike shares a recipe from the historical The Normandy Kitchen Café & Bar. This week’s selection is the self-titled cocktail – The Normandy.

06/13/2014

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