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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 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.

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Curiocity: Mike’s Mix — Eiffel Tower Sparkler

Every Friday, Mike Augustyniak picks up a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. Throughout April, Mike’s picking up some elegant recipes from the Loring neighborhood’s esteemed Café & Bar Lurcat.

04/11/2014

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Curiocity: Mike’s Mix — The Last Word

Every Friday, Mike Augustyniak picks up a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. Throughout March, Mike’s picking up some elegant recipes from the new Uptown spot Coup d’Etat. Jason DeRusha helped really shake it out with this week’s drink, which uses both gin and Chartreuse.

03/28/2014

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Curiocity: Mike’s Mix — Lagoon 75

Every Friday, Mike Augustyniak picks up a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. Throughout March, Mike’s picking up some elegant recipes from the new Uptown spot Coup d’Etat. This week’s drink builds off gin, a spirit that some claim they don’t care for but should really give another try.

03/21/2014

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Weather Blog: 1° Of Separation

Well, that was unpleasant. This morning’s mix of wintery precipitation prompted a round of “what is this stuff falling from the sky?” on Twitter and Facebook … and it’s a good question.

03/17/2014

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Curiocity: Mike’s Mix — Held Captive

Every Friday, Mike Augustyniak picks up a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. Throughout March, Mike’s picking up some elegant recipes from the new Uptown spot Coup d’Etat. This week’s drink uses a flavor you may not be familiar with, but should be.

03/14/2014

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Weather Blog: Lake Ice Cometh!

On March 6, 2014 we received word from NOAA’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory that the Great Lakes were 92.2% covered by ice — the second-highest ice cover on record.

03/11/2014

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Curiocity: Mike’s Mix — Let It Rain

Every Friday, Mike Augustyniak picks up a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. While he was in Lake Elmo recently, Mike’s learned a cocktail recipe at the Lake Elmo Inn. It’s a cool, refreshing drink that’ll be perfect to bring in those warmer temperatures.

03/07/2014

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Curiocity: Mike’s Mix — The Tuxedo & The Red Carpet

Every Friday, Mike Augustyniak picks up a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. Throughout February, Mike’s learning some cocktail recipes from Nicollet Island Inn’s bartender Troy Jurgens. This week’s selections will provide the perfect accompaniment to your Oscar party. And one’s even safe for the kids.

02/28/2014

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Suburban Spotlight: Augustyniak Visits Lake Elmo

This week we’re shining a spotlight on our Twin Cities suburbs. First up is Mike Augustyniak. Last week we all threw darts at a map of the metro and Augustyniak’s landed far to the east — in Washington County and Lake Elmo.

02/24/2014

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Curiocity: Mike’s Mix — The Warm Up

Every Friday, Mike Augustyniak picks up a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. Throughout February, Mike’s learning some cocktail recipes from Nicollet Island Inn’s bartender Troy Jurgens. This week’s selection will keep you sheltered from this latest winter storm.

02/21/2014

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Weather Blog: Time To Think Spring (Flooding)

Allow me, if you will, to speak for just about everyone who has emailed me in the past month: we’re ready for spring! At this point in February, of course, spring isn’t ready for us… but it is time to start thinking about the spring flood season.

02/17/2014

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Curiocity: Mike’s Mix — The Lady Caryl

Not all Valentine’s Day gifts come in a heart-shaped box. Sometimes, they can come in a glass. Throughout February, Mike’s learning some romantic cocktail recipes from Nicollet Island Inn’s bartender Troy Jurgens. This week’s selection is a creative spin on a classic British drink.

02/14/2014

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Weather Blog: You Are Here

As the title might imply, most meteorologists are interested in way more than the weather. Like meteors; all things space, really. That’s why this new picture from NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity caught my attention today.

02/07/2014

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Curiocity: Mike’s Mix — Coco Loco

Not all Valentine’s Day gifts come in a heart-shaped box. Sometimes, they can come in a glass. Throughout February, Mike’s learning some romantic cocktail recipes from Nicollet Island Inn’s bartender Troy Jurgens.

02/07/2014

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Curiocity: Mike’s Mix — Harvey Weissbanger

Every Friday, Mike Augustyniak picks up a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. Throughout January, he’s putting some pep in his morning step with breakfast cocktail recipes from The Freehouse, the brand new brewpub in the North Loop of Minneapolis. This week’s selection offers a funky new spin on an elegant Sunday cocktail.

01/31/2014

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