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: Sonora Grill

Each Saturday, Mike Augustyniak takes us to a local bar to see what interesting drinks the mixologist is stirring up. This week, he went to the Sonora Grill in Minneapolis.

04/30/2016

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

Every Saturday, Mike Augustyniak finds the best mixologists in town to see what they’re stirring up. This week, he’s going back to school to learn about Dakota County Technical College’s new brewing program.

04/23/2016

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Mike’s Mix: 2 BĒT Vodka Recipes

Sugar beets are an ugly vegetable that, it turns out, makes a very sexy spirit.

04/09/2016

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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.

04/02/2016

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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.

03/26/2016

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Mike’s Mix: Kentucky Son

Every Saturday, Mike Augustyniak finds the best mixologists in town to see what they’re stirring up. This week, he heads to Parlour to try a Kentucky-style whiskey sour.

03/19/2016

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Is Heavy March Rain Increasingly Common In Minnesota?

Up to 2.5 inches of rain has fallen over Minnesota in the last two days, and more precipitation is falling today (as snow) over northern Minnesota.

03/16/2016

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Mike’s Mix: LOLO American Kitchen & Craft Bar

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.

03/12/2016

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

Mike Augustyniak stopped by Hola Arepa in Minneapolis to find some creative pairings to one of America’s favorite seasonal snacks: Girl Scout cookies.

03/05/2016

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Mike’s Mix: Academy Award Cocktails

Every week on Saturday, Mike Augustyniak goes in search of a new cocktail idea from a local mixologist. This week, Mike celebrates the Academy Awards by sampling some Oscar-nominated movie-themed drinks.

02/27/2016

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Mike’s Mix: The Farm Girl Beermosa

Every week on Saturday, Mike Augustyniak goes in search of a new cocktail idea from a local mixologist. This week, he’s heading to No Neck Tony’s to try a brunch cocktail created with one of Minnesota’s most well-known beers.

02/20/2016

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Twin Cities To Host 2016 Medal Of Honor Convention

Each year, a convention of Medal of Honor recipients and their families are recognized for their courage and sacrifice. The Twin Cities has never hosted it, but with an announcement made today, that will be changing.

02/17/2016

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Mike’s Mix: Lost In Translation At Restaurant Alma

Every week on Saturday, Mike Augustyniak goes in search of a new cocktail idea from a local mixologist. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Mike heads to a place that’s special for so many couples — Restaurant Alma in Minneapolis

02/13/2016

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Mike’s Mix: Lyn65 Brunch Cocktails

Every week on Saturday, Mike Augustyniak goes in search of a new cocktail idea from a local mixologist. Today, he’s heading back to Lyn65 in Richfield to kick off a series of brunch coctails.

02/06/2016

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Mike’s Mix: The Alchemist

Every Saturday, Mike Augustyniak dives into the local craft cocktail scene and brings you the best of the best. This week, he stopped by The Alchemist in White Bear Lake to try a few of the bar’s most popular recipes.

01/23/2016

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It’s Official: 2015 Was The Warmest Year On Record

On Wednesday, scientists at NASA and NOAA announced a historic finding about global temperatures in 2015.

01/20/2016

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Mike’s Mix: W.A. Frost’s Mulled Wine

Every Saturday, Mike Augustyniak learns a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. This week, he’s going to one of the Twin Cities legends, and learning how to make W.A. Frost’s mulled wine.

01/16/2016

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Mike’s Mix: 2 Cocktails From Tongue In Cheek

Every Saturday, Mike Augustyniak learns a new cocktail recipe from a local mixologist. This week, he’s heading to St. Paul’s Payne-Phalen neighborhood for a not hardly seasonal drink to take you away from these winter months.

01/09/2016

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Mike’s Mix: Scena Tavern’s Northern Star Hot Toddy

Every Saturday, Mike Augustyniak goes in search of a new cocktail flavor from one of Minnesota’s best or most innovative bars. This week, he’s heading to Scena Tavern in Uptown to try a warm drink for a long winter’s night.

01/02/2016

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Mike’s Mix: Classic Winter Cocktails At 6Smith

Every Saturday, Mike Augustyniak helps kick off the weekend by checking out some of the best cocktail recipes from bars in the Twin Cities. In the spirit of the holiday season, Mike went to 6Smith on Lake Minnetonka to learn about their take on two classic winter cocktails.

12/26/2015

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Mike’s Mix: Fire & Ice Combine Again At Marin This Winter

The Ice Bar at Marin is back by popular demand (literally) for the 2015-16 season. “It’s kind of like urban legend, because Marin has been open for a little over two-and-a-half years and we’ve never done the ice bar,” Jay Pierce said.

12/19/2015

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Weather Blog: 3rd Rock From The Sun, 1st Rock From The Moon

Today NASA released this new image of Earth, as it was rising above the horizon on the moon. The image was created by stitching together a series of images taken on October 12, 2015 from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO).

12/18/2015

Hottest Year In Recorded History

Weather Blog: We’re Heading For A Worldwide Record

While there are still two weeks left in the year, most of the weather data is already in the books for 2015. What’s clear is that it was a very warm year — not just here in the upper Midwest, but across the entire globe — and that warmth will likely set some records.

12/17/2015

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Mike’s Mix: Babur And The Long Road Ahead

Every week, Mike Augustyniak delves into the local craft cocktails scene and comes up with a new drink you can make at home. This week, he’s checking out Saffron and their “Turkish coffee”-themed drink.

12/12/2015

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Mike’s Mix: Holiday Gift Guide For Home Bars

This holiday season I’m publishing the Mike’s Mix Holiday Gift Guide, featuring items that I’ve picked up for my home bar, based on recommendations from the pros I’ve met. Any home bar or amateur bartender would benefit from any of these items, so be generous! I’ve posted links where you can purchase them, but be sure to shop around a bit; most are priced at $25 or less, but a few cost up to $50.

12/05/2015

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